The Korean animation “Metajets,” a project into which the City of Seoul itself invested, made its U.S. debut on the Cartoon Network on July 4, 2010. It was the first time a Korean animated series was broadcasted across the United States.
Metajets is comprised of forty episodes and each episode is thirty minutes long. When it was aired in Korea in 2009, it recorded the highest viewer ratings of any animation in the country. American TV channels like CBS have broadcasted several Korean animations before, but it is the first time that the Cartoon Network, the biggest animation channel in the U.S., aired a Korean animation. Cartoon Network U.S.A. announced that Metajets is scheduled to be aired five times a week, and it will begin with a special five-hour marathon on July 4.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to promote the digital contents industry, and established a sixty billion won investment fund. As of July 2010, about 55% of the fund has been invested in animation, games, movies and new media.
The Cartoon Network was established in the U.S. in October 1992, and it is now the world’s largest around-the-clock animation channel, broadcasting in twenty-one languages in 160 countries. About 193 million households watch the channel worldwide, and it has more than twenty branches in Britain, Germany, India, Latin America, and so on.