10 New and Returning Animated Series To Watch This Spring

Get ready for a season of Fresh cartoon TV — new Muppet, Looney Tunes, Constantine, and Boss Baby series, plus anime and new seasons of Archer, Adventure Time, and Voltron.

by | March 15, 2018 | Comments

(Photo by Boomerang)

There’s really no down time for animation anymore. This year has already seen the series finale of Star Wars Rebels and the premiere of Stephen Colbert’s satirical Showtime series Our Cartoon President.

There’s a whole lot more animation premiering or continuing new seasons on various networks and streaming services. Many of the season’s standout cartoons feature the return of ’80s favorites, or even last year’s favorites. Here’s a guide to 10 of animated offerings available this spring.


(Photo by Disney Channel)

What It’s About: A reboot of the ’80s cartoon in which The Muppets were already together as toddlers using their imagination to have adventures in their nanny’s nursery.

Voiced By: Jenny Slate, Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza, Ben Diskin, Matt Danner, Melanie Harrison

Where to Watch: Disney Channel

Why You Should Watch: If you got up Saturday mornings to watch Muppet Babies, it’s your kids’ turn now.

Fun Fact: The Muppet Babies debuted in live-action in the film The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Muppet Babies premieres March 23 on Disney Channel.


What It’s About: John Constantine — exorcist, demonologist, and petty dabbler in the Dark Arts — is back, with the same voice he had on NBC’s short-lived live-action series.

Voiced By: Matt Ryan

Where to Watch: CW Seed

Why You Should Watch: The animated incarnation promises a much edgier Constantine, closer to the Vertigo comics, than aired on NBC.

Fun Fact: Ryan himself told us the animated series is based on the Hellblazer comic series “All His Engines.”

Constantine will premiere its first episode at WonderCon on Saturday, March 24, and the first season goes on CW Seed the same day.


(Photo by Cartoon Network)

What It’s About: Finn and Jake are back in the land of Ooo.

Voiced By:  Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch

Where to Watch: Cartoon Network

Why You Should Watch: 10 seasons and they still haven’t run out of creative ideas. Finn becomes an author in the first new episode.

Fun Fact: Cartoon Network also has a Teen Titans Go! special on March 30, new series Craig of the Creek and new episodes of Ben 10, Unikitty, OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes,  The Amazing World of Gumball, and Apple & Onion this month.

Adventure Time returns with four back to back episodes on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. — four episodes are available now on the Cartoon Network app.


(Photo by Boomerang)

What It’s About: Looks like the Muppets aren’t the only ones who go back to nursery school. Even Space Jam’s Lola Bunny was there!

Voiced By: Sam Vincent, June Foray, Terry Klassen, Britt McKillip, Ian James Corlett

Where to Watch: Boomerang

Why You Should Watch: Since this show is for really little kids, it’s all about making sure everyone is friends. They’ll start dropping anvils on each other when they’re older.

Fun Fact: Not to be confused with Tiny Toons, which Hulu is rebooting. That’s totally different. Tiny Toons is Babs and Buster. This is literally baby Bugs and Daffy.

All 26 episodes of Baby Looney Tunes are now available on Boomerang.

Archer: Danger Island (2018) 67%

ARCHER -- "Season 9, Episode 1 (FXX)
(Photo by FXX)

What It’s About: Sterling Archer is now a pilot on the island of Mitimotu in 1939. Pam is now his copilot and the whole gang have roles on the island.

Voiced By: H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates.

Where to Watch: FXX

Why You Should Watch: As seasons like Archer Vice and Archer: Dreamland proved, you can put this gang in any era and they’ll be hilarious.

Fun Fact: You know, at one time Archer was a spy comedy about secret agents. Changing up these last few seasons has actually given the show new blood.

Archer: Danger Island premieres Wednesday, April 25 at 10 p.m. on FXX.


(Photo by Adult Swim)

What It’s About: It’s an animated Rollerball meets The Mighty Ducks as Gaz Digzy has to lead the worst team in the sport of the future to the top.

Voiced By: Natasha Lyonne, Dana Snyder, Dave Willis, Jessica DiCicco, Eric Bauza, Christopher McCulloch, and Christy Karacas.

Where to Watch: Adult Swim

Why You Should Watch: Creator Karacas based the look of Ballmastrz: 9009 on her favorite anime, and it’s violent AF!

Fun Fact: Norman Reedus will guest star.

Ballmastrz: 9009 premieres Sunday, April 8 at midnight on Adult Swim.


What It’s About: You know, just when you thought Voltron Force had defeated Lotor, Zarkon comes back and Lotor offers a truce. Season five picks up with Voltron Force considering his offer.

Voiced By: Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine, Kimberly Brooks, Josh Keaton, Rhys Darby, Steven Yeun, Cree Summer, Neil Kaplan

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: Dreamworks and Netflix’s Voltron reboot has been sophisticated and action packed, plus you’ve got to find out how that cliffhanger resolves.

Fun Fact: The six episodes available are only half of season five. Look for another seven soon.

Voltron: Legendary Defender season 5 is now streaming on Netflix.


(Photo by TBS)

What It’s About: The intergalactic adventures of Gary and his alien sidekick Mooncake.

Voiced By: Olan Rogers, Tika Sumpter, Fred Armisen, Steve Yeun, David Tennant, Tom Kenny, and Conan O’Brien.

Where to Watch: TBS

Why You Should Watch: Much like the live-action The Orville, Final Space isn’t a spoof of sci-fi. It’s just sci-fi with jokes in it.

Fun Fact: Creator Olan Rogers got O’Brien to produce Final Space based on his YouTube animation demo.

Final Space airs Monday nights on TBS.


(Photo by Netflix)

What It’s About: A red panda who is an accountant by day, death metal rocker at heart.

Voiced By: Kaolip, Komegumi Kolwasak, Maki Tsurata, and Rarecho

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: Did we mention death metal accountant panda?

Fun Fact:  Netflix has been ramping up their anime content. See also B: The Beginning and A.I.C.O. Incarnation.

Aggretsuko premieres April 20 on Netflix.


What’s It About: The Boss Baby and Tim deal with more crises at Baby Corp and at home with their family.

Voiced By: JP Karliak, Pierce Gagnon, and Kevin Michael Richardson.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch It: Well, there were so many questions left unanswered by the Academy Award–nominated The Boss Baby movie…

Fun Fact: Filling in for Alec Baldwin, Karliak has also voiced Wile E. Coyote, Willy Wonka, J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Tin Man in his career.

The Boss Baby: Back in Business is now streaming on Netflix.

Tag Cloud

Paramount Network Ellie Kemper south america natural history Anna Paquin Crunchyroll 2017 cats Box Office psycho spain Apple TV Plus singing competition Toys Apple TV+ blockbuster LGBTQ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Elton John hist E3 VICE cartoon Amazon Prime Video A&E Superheroe YouTube Red MCU aliens Netflix Christmas movies Pixar BBC theme song Mary poppins comic Drama dark Horror Best and Worst independent Writers Guild of America versus ABC New York Comic Con 2019 crime thriller The Walking Dead zero dark thirty space cops Sci-Fi Infographic diversity Extras OneApp Hulu Holiday social media best 72 Emmy Awards Ghostbusters Grammys Cosplay streaming screenings Quiz Tumblr DC Universe TCA 2017 crime drama what to watch Esquire Set visit strong female leads Masterpiece kids First Reviews Disney streaming service OWN asian-american crossover dogs FX on Hulu Fox News NBC Nat Geo TCM romantic comedy Amazon Discovery Channel cinemax psychological thriller Cartoon Network PaleyFest joker Britbox YouTube 24 frames boxoffice TruTV 2018 Rom-Com Winter TV E! video Country harry potter Lifetime TIFF revenge zombies video on demand Superheroes GIFs Musical foreign mockumentary Music CNN HBO Max SundanceTV 2015 Star Wars adaptation festivals Marvel Studios docudrama Stephen King Tomatazos all-time Star Trek Rocky blaxploitation emmy awards Turner Disney Plus Rocketman supernatural Sundance Freeform SXSW Television Critics Association Shondaland stop motion child's play Columbia Pictures TV Land discovery Pop fast and furious hollywood Election ghosts PBS VOD canceled TV shows Mindy Kaling Countdown Winners robots medical drama Awards Tour DirecTV cooking Oscars cars talk show Universal President APB Tubi Schedule Christmas mission: impossible reviews IFC Films Musicals Certified Fresh sports IFC dceu Lucasfilm Red Carpet FXX Brie Larson Shudder Film Thanksgiving Adult Swim crime romance ABC Family Amazon Studios reboot renewed TV shows ratings award winner TCA Awards MTV comiccon critics screen actors guild NYCC teaser movies Crackle Creative Arts Emmys Trophy Talk stand-up comedy Marvel Television Trailer Apple American Society of Cinematographers news ESPN cancelled TV shows Mystery films 4/20 name the review Calendar sitcom Pirates Opinion Hallmark Christmas movies Disney Channel facebook nbcuniversal Pride Month Peacock justice league Avengers documentary worst police drama true crime Comic Book Nickelodeon Marvel Ovation Comedy See It Skip It movie series tv talk Fantasy YA Action chucky Year in Review Photos scary movies political drama Captain marvel Endgame adventure Heroines richard e. Grant Bravo Chernobyl finale Epix LGBT Netflix witnail Watching Series ITV 21st Century Fox parents RT History transformers animated Women's History Month USA Network SDCC television binge Travel Channel Paramount canceled documentaries a nightmare on elm street comedies Marathons thriller serial killer 45 BBC One Podcast Martial Arts indie Character Guide Sony Pictures werewolf Interview The Purge San Diego Comic-Con universal monsters Disney franchise cancelled TV series El Rey comics A24 CW Seed nature Arrowverse Polls and Games GLAAD quibi USA Film Festival GoT Acorn TV Binge Guide obituary The Arrangement Comedy Central children's TV toy story spider-man Academy Awards politics YouTube Premium travel Video Games Song of Ice and Fire Walt Disney Pictures cancelled Sundance Now DC streaming service Fall TV period drama WarnerMedia zombie breaking bad Mary Poppins Returns sequel rotten halloween Mudbound X-Men spanish language First Look Turner Classic Movies Amazon Prime 007 jamie lee curtis 20th Century Fox golden globes TV DGA superhero Reality Baby Yoda Disney+ Disney Plus The Witch CMT Biopics indiana jones TCA Winter 2020 game show Black History Month Warner Bros. Black Mirror BBC America MSNBC HBO Go stoner technology elevated horror Lifetime Christmas movies FX composers Classic Film WGN spy thriller book spinoff criterion Trivia classics AMC Awards Spectrum Originals Valentine's Day Funimation christmas movies VH1 unscripted Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt disaster TCA TV renewals anthology dc TBS 2020 2016 historical drama doctor who Food Network Holidays Logo Tarantino BET Awards Summer twilight CBS All Access Pet Sematary miniseries Hallmark RT21 Dark Horse Comics The CW based on movie HBO casting sag awards Spring TV Lionsgate Animation Reality Competition BAFTA Rock Mary Tyler Moore Pop TV concert Showtime game of thrones Syfy mutant DC Comics PlayStation BET Cannes National Geographic Hear Us Out Teen batman 71st Emmy Awards laika green book Kids & Family dramedy dragons Western Sneak Peek Television Academy biography FOX directors slashers Family die hard Vudu free movies latino Sundance TV History hispanic war vampires Emmy Nominations Premiere Dates Spike Comics on TV Nominations anime Super Bowl cancelled television sequels TNT TLC satire cults CBS Starz rotten movies we love Emmys science fiction