The past few weeks have been tough for HBO Max, and it all comes back to Warner Bros.’s recent shifts. Discovery. The merger of the company led to a big change at HBO Max, as everything from animation to children’s programming was cut back. Now, a new report reveals that the streaming service has removed another of its Cartoon Network originals, and the creators were given little advance warning.
Reports recently surfaced on Twitter that Driftwood has been demolished. The animated film was released as an original title by both HBO Max and Cartoon Network in May 2022. Initially, these rumors were little more than that, but industry professionals confirmed the news to everyone’s disappointment.
According to a Cartoon Network production manager, they are devastated to see that Driftwood has been canceled long before it could show itself to fans. “Working on this was such a treat. The whole crew is amazing and we were all so excited to share this. Now I’m devastated that no one will see more than this poster,” shared Finnjamin Button (Dhubetter). Their comments were supported by Jenn Hurler of Warner Bros. Animation, who shared the following:
“This movie became so fantastic and meaningful. I was so excited to be a small part of such a wonderful, original 2D animated movie from a voice like Victor and a studio like CNS. F-cking sucks.”
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For those unfamiliar with the project, Driftwood was ordered earlier this year with creator Victor Courtwright (Aquaman: King of Atlantis) at the helm. Described as a space opera with a heart, Driftwood is said to tell the story of a creature named Clover who sets out on a journey to find a lost city with sustainable fuel. An evil overlord counting on society’s fuel dependency, however, wants nothing more than to destroy the fabled land. So as you can imagine, Clover and his allies must race against time to save their home and the world at large.
At this time, no plans have been shared to move Driftwood to another publisher. This latest cancellation comes shortly after HBO Max pulled a number of animated titles from its service. Shows like Infinity Train were removed at the behest of Warner Bros. Discovery, which stunned both netizens and creators at the unprecedented purge.
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