Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel
From today (01/07/2017), Toonami India has a completely new reformulated schedule, Turner International India Pvt Ltd has completely re-purposed the channel from an action-animation channel to a classic animation channel much like the original United States Boomerang channel format or Tooncast in Latin America. The channel’s schedule drastically changed at 6am IST this morning, starting the day with an episode of The Jetsons. Some of the channel’s former programming is currently airing on Cartoon Network India.
Rather than airing anime such as Dragon Ball Super or action-animation from DC Comics, the channel is now airing classics from the Warner Bros. Animation, Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios libraries including Scooby-Doo!, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and many more. According to the schedule, Toonami India is still airing a couple of Dragon Ball Z movies – Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly and Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound at least for this weekend, but from Monday, they will no longer be in the schedule. Re-purposing channels has happened before in different countries, for instance, Toonami became TNT (Turner Network Television) in Thailand, the channel switched to a schedule focusing on general entertainment but has allocated schedule space for cartoons and anime on the channel. Despite the changes, TNT Thailand still has a programming block called Toonami Movies.
This is also a similar story to how the Latin American version of Boomerang started off as a classic animation channel, then became a live-action channel for teenagers and then transformed back into an animation channel.
UPDATE: After looking at later schedules which I didn’t have access to as of writing, some action programming will remain in the schedule, although it’s no longer the main focus of the channel.
Previously mentioned on the blog, Cartoon Network India is still planning to launch a High Definition feed: