show_name = The Cartoonstitute
format = Variety show,Animation
runtime = Unknown
executive_producer = Craig McCracken
supervising_producer = Rob Renzetti
creator = Rob Sorcher
starring = Various voice actors
country = USA
network = Cartoon Network
first_aired = Unknown|

"Cartoonstitute" is a Cartoon Network project created by Cartoon Network executive Rob Sorcher that will be a showcase for animated shorts. The series will be produced by Craig McCracken (creator of "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends") and Rob Renzetti (creator of "My Life as a Teenage Robot"). [cite news |first=Ed|last=Liu |title=Cartoon Network Creates The Cartoonstitute |url= |publisher=Toon Zone |date=04-03-2008 |accessdate=2008-04-19] [cite news |first=Aaron H.|last=Bynum |title=CN Upfront 2008: 'The Cartoonstitute' Announcement |url= 'The Cartoonstitute' Announcement |publisher=Animation Insider |date=04-03-08 |accessdate=2008-06-20]


The series was first announced on April 3, 2008 at Cartoon Network's annual upfront in New York City. The project will be similar to The Cartoon Cartoon Show (more commonly known as the "What A Cartoon!") which aired on the network more than a decade earlier, and which gave birth to some of the channel's first animated series, such as Dexter's Laboratory and Cow and Chicken. The Cartoonstitute hopes to establish a think tank for animators and create an environment in which animators can create characters and stories. A section of Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California has been set aside exclusively for the project. The "Cartoonstitute" name was imagined by Lauren Faust, the wife of Craig McCracken. [ cite news|first=Lauren|last=Faust|title=The Cartoonstitute!|url=|publiher=Lauren Faust|date=04-09-08]


The project holds an ambitious goal of producing 150 animated shorts in the timespan of 20 months. Sorcher, the creator, says the goal of the project is to create a swift track for Cartoon Network's original programming. While the project will set up 6 core artists to create animated pilots for the showcase, Sorcher hopes to enlist some 30 more artists as development progresses. Unlike the What A Cartoon! project, the showcase does not aim to bring new, fresh artists into the animating industry. However, Sorcher is not completely against the idea of bringing new, unknown talent into the project in the future.


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