Cartoon Network Shorts Department

Cartoon Network Shorts Department is the channel's artist development program for animated pilots that are born at Cartoon Network Studios. It was inaugurated and started in 2013 through online uploading of six titles, on May 21 for a short period, which four of them has been greenlit for a TV series at the start of the program.[1]

Cartoon Network Shorts Department
Created byCartoon Network Studios
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Brian A. Miller
  • Jennifer Pelphrey
  • Rob Sorcher
  • Curtis Lelash
  • Tramm Wigzell
  • Co-executive producers: Katie Krentz (2015–2017)
  • Mike Roth (2016–present)
  • Nate Funaro
  • Scott Malchus
  • Supervising producers: Pete Browngardt (7 shorts)
  • Mike Roth (9 shorts)
Related shows

List of pilotsEdit

United StatesEdit

Title Created by Original premiere(s) Status
Clarence Skyler Page May 21, 2013 (Online)
February 17, 2014 (TV)
Lakewood Plaza Turbo Ian Jones-Quartey May 21, 2013 (Online)
Mars Safari! Ghostshrimp Failed
My Science Fiction Project Audie Harrison
Paranormal Roommates Benton Connor
Steven Universe: "The Time Thing" Rebecca Sugar Successful
Tome of the Unknown: "Harvest Melody" Patrick McHale September 9, 2013 (LA Shorts Fest)
May 18, 2015 (Online)
AJ's Infinite Summer Toby Jones May 16, 2014 (Online) Failed
Long Live the Royals Sean Szeles Successful
We Bare Bears Daniel Chong November 6, 2014 (KLIK! Festival)
August 25, 2015 (TV)
Back to Backspace Dominic Bisignano and Amalia Levari November 12, 2014 (Online) Failed
Pillywags Mansion[a] Sam Marin
Jammers Lizz Hickey May 18, 2015 (Online)
Ridin' with Burgess Andres Salaff
Twelve Forever[b] Julia Vickerman
Apple & Onion George Gendi June 18, 2015 (Annecy Festival)
May 2, 2016 (Online)
May 14, 2016 (TV)
Welcome to My Life Elizabeth Ito June 18, 2015 (Annecy Festival)
April 7, 2017 (Online)
Bottom's Butte Minty Lewis November 20, 2015 (CTN Expo)
May 2, 2016 (Online)
Summer Camp Island Julia Pott March 17, 2016 (SXSW Festival)
December 2, 2017 (CN App)
April 25, 2018 (Online)
Victor and Valentino Diego Molano October 29, 2016
Infinity Train Owen Dennis November 1, 2016 (VOD)
November 2, 2016 (Online)
February 11, 2017 (TV)
Legendary Place Calvin Wong March 4, 2017 (GLAS Festival)
November 9, 2018 (Online)
The Fancies: "Fancytown"/"The Beach"
/"Run Pam Run"/"Sir Tree"[c]
Stephen P. Neary July 30, 2017 (ABP Festival)
May 8, 2019 (Online)
Unlovable Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd August 11, 2017 (HollyShorts Festival)[3] Uncertain
Tiggle Winks[c] Myke Chilian November 24, 2017 (CN App)
January 8, 2018 (Online)
Craig of the Creek Matt Burnett and Ben Levin December 1, 2017 (CN App)
Mushroom and the Forest of the World Madeleine Flores and J. Smith October 14, 2018 (KLIK! Festival)
April 26, 2019 (Online)
Sunshine Brownstone Audie Harrison November 17, 2018 (Online)
Pops & Branwell Pete Toms and Aleks Sennwald January 27, 2019 (CFF Seattle)
December 14, 2019 (Online)
Splitting Time Gleb Sanchez-Lobashov February 16, 2019 (BAICFF)
December 21, 2019 (Online)
The Wonderful Wingits Leticia Abreu Silva February 16, 2019 (BAICFF)[5]
Cadette in Charge Henrique Jardim February 6, 2020 (Online)
Greetings from Samson[6][7] Tiffany Ford TBD TBA
Outrun Express[8] Jeremy Polgar


Since 2016, the program has begun to expand to other countries where Cartoon Network Studios accept to commission (but not produce) those local short pilots, and the first title to be noticed in this process is Lasso & Comet.[9]

Title Created by Country of origin Co-production(s) Original premiere(s) Status
Lasso & Comet Ivan Dixon
Developed by: Greg Sharp and Ivan Dixon
  Australia Rubber House
Cartoon Network Asia Pacific
November 9, 2016 (Online) Uncertain

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Only puppet show/animated pilot of the program and the entire Cartoon Network Studios filmography.
  2. ^ This pilot has been greenlit as a series by Netflix.
  3. ^ a b Despite these two pilots have being greenlit by Cartoon Network, their series move to premiering on HBO Max.


  1. ^ "Next Generation of Animation - Behind The Scenes, Geek Week, Cartoon Network - YouTube". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Bennett, Anita (2019-07-15). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Original Comedy 'The Fungies!', Renews 'Craig Of The Creek' & 'Victor & Valentino'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  3. ^ "Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable animated short will be at Hollyshorts Film Festival from August 10–19th!". Twitter. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cartoon Network Unveils Adventure Comedies 'Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart' And 'Tig N' Seek'". May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 Festival Program - Imagination Without Borders". BAICFF. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ CN Doc Short on Vimeo
  8. ^ Motion Scientist
  9. ^ "Cartoon Network Grows its Australian-Made Original Animation in 2016". Time Warner, Inc. November 18, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2017.

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