Happy 25th Birthday Cartoon Network!

Happy 25th Birthday Cartoon Network!

Happy 25th Birthday Cartoon Network!

Today (01/10/2017) is the big day, twenty-five years today (1st October 1992), Cartoon Network – the world’s first 24 hour channel focusing purely on animation first hit the airwaves in the United States. The blog post is a continuation of the Hanna-Barbera 60th Birthday post I wrote on 7th July (which was part one), where I briefly mentioned how the channel came into fruition, more specifically this post will cover the channel’s history between 1992 to 1999, with two more parts coming later this month. Before I start, I must mention that I don’t live in the United States, however when Cartoon Network launched in the United Kingdom in 1993, it did share a lot of similarities to the original U.S. version including programming blocks, presentation and of course, the shows, it was only up until 1999-2003 when things started to become more localised.

Part 1: https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/07/happy-60th-birthday-hanna-barbera/

At launch, Cartoon Network first aired the national anthem of the United States – “The Star Spangled Banner”, which was a long running tradition of when a new channel from Turner Broadcasting is launched, the first programme to air was “Droopy’s Guide To Cartoon Network” which was an introduction to the channel. The first actual cartoon to air on the channel was a Looney Tunes cartoon named “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery”, at the time, Cartoon Network’s owner – Turner only owned Warner Bros.’s pre-July 1948 cartoons, the whole MGM animation library and also Fleischer’s/Famous’s library. This huge library allowed the channel to run for a few years without the addition of new original content, and it was an opportunity for the new generation of kids at the time to watch some classic cartoons they’ve never seen before. I was born in 1989, so I can remember Cartoon Network’s early days and by 1993 (just before the European launch), I already had cable. During 1993-1999 era, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry shorts were given plenty of airtime.

Also during this time, I remember watching The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo!, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Jetsons and many more. The USA version and UK version (which was shared with the rest of Europe in different audio languages) of the channel had quite a few programming blocks, including “Super Chunk” which was a marathon block featuring a particular show, there was also “Toonheads” which was a show where they air animated shorts with trivia. There was also breakfast-time block called “The Morning Crew” and also the “Boomerang” block which became a spin-off channel in the year 2000 and became a home for classic cartoons as by then Cartoon Network was focusing more on their own original programming. There was the “Power Zone” block which focused on action animation and was a precursor to Toonami.

The first original show to air on Cartoon Network was “The Moxy Show”, though it was just an anthology show with additional clips made in 3D CGI. The first full production was Space Ghost: Coast To Coast, the series was unusual as it was a reboot of the 1960’s Space Ghost superhero cartoon but reformatted as a spoof talk show, the show featured interviews with high-profile celebrities. The show laid the foundation for Cartoon Network’s future night long block for young adults – Adult Swim which eventually launched in 2001. Also, alongside Space Ghost: Coast to Coast were two new productions from Hanna-Barbera – the animated comedy – 2 Stupid Dogs and much later in 1996 – The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. In 1995, Cartoon Network aired “World Premiere Toons”, which aired new pilots from Hanna-Barbera and occasionally from other studios, World Premiere Toons (which later became the “What A Cartoon Show”). The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Courage The Cowardly Dog and Johnny Bravo all had their debut in the World Premiere Toons block.

After the merger with Time Warner in 1996, Cartoon Network was now able to access the rest of Warner Bros. Animation’s library, this includes the post-1948 Looney Tunes shorts, plus also recent hits at the time including Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Pinky and the Brain. In terms of original content, 1996-1999 was a turning point in Cartoon Network’s history, the network’s attention has shifted over to original content, a full series of Dexter’s Laboratory premiered in 1996, later in 1997 came Cow and Chicken and Johnny Bravo, in 1998, came a full series of The Powerpuff Girls and in 1999, Courage The Cowardly Dog. In 1999, Cartoon Network USA launched a new block which became a cornerstone of the network – Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, a programming block that’s purely dedicated to the channel’s original programming and also new episodes.

Today (01/10/2017), Cartoon Network USA started up this morning at 6am ET/PT with a lengthy one and half minute colourful dance montage featuring its most famous characters throughout its 25 year history:

The blog post forms a part of this blog’s celebrations for Cartoon Network’s 25th Anniversary, part three will be about the era between 2000 to 2006.


Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK December 2016 Highlights

Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK December 2016 Highlights

Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK December 2016 Highlights: Christmas Highlights From The Official Turner UK Press Release

Boomerang UK December 2016 Highlights

New Saturdays Programming Block: New Episodes

Airs from Saturday 3rd December, airs Saturdays from 8am.

Boomerang’s New Saturdays block continues this December with a host of brand new back-to-back shows and new episodes to help ease you into the weekend, including NEW Grizzy and the Lemmings at 8am, followed by The Happos Family at 8:15am and NEW My Knight and Me at 8:30am.

New Episodes

Mr Bean: The Animated Series

New episodes air from Monday 5th December, airs weekdays at 6.15pm.

Bean is Back! Mr Bean stars in more brand new episodes of his animated adventures. This December he creates his own electricity, wins a cruise, inadvertently becomes a teacher, makes his own horror movie, is hypnotised, wins a wrestling match and finds himself the centre of many other hilarious escapades. Don’t miss brand new Mr Bean this December!

Christmas Holidays Schedule

Starts Saturday 17th December, airs daily from 8am.

Watch your favourite stars in back-to-back festive episodes and movies on Boomerang every day throughout the holidays. Packed with Christmas episodes including The Tom & Jerry Show, Looney Tunes and Mr Bean, plus the new seasonal special Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! ‘Scary Christmas’. Wrap up warm and make yourself comfortable on the sofa this Christmas Holidays.


Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK December 2016 Highlights

Cartoonito UK December 2016 Highlights

New Episodes

Sesame Street

New episodes air weekdays at 4pm and 6.30pm.

Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster are back in a brand new series of Sesame Street. The iconic preschool show joins the Cartoonito family with brand new segments, new cast members, a brand new set, plus A-list celebrity guests including Gwen Stefani, Sara Bareilles, Nick Jonas and many more! Sesame Street, helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Watch Cartoonito this December!

Christmas Holidays Schedule

Starts Monday 19th December, airs everyday from 8am.

Tune in every weekday throughout the Christmas holidays for hour specials of Cartoonito’s favourite shows. Catch the best adventures from Fireman Sam, Baby Looney Tunes, Tiny Toon Adventures, Tom & Jerry Kids and Masha and The Bear. Plus, there’s a brand new Molang Christmas Special episode premiering on Monday 19th December at 8am.

Weekend Marathons

Bob the Builder Marathon

Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December 8am to 12pm

There’s no build too big or small for Bob and his dedicated team in Fixham. His optimistic attitude always shines through in his empowering catch phrase: “Can we build it? Yes we can!”

Masha and the Bear Marathon

Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December 8am to 12pm

The mischievous little Masha finds herself in all kinds of adventures that cause havoc in the Bear’s otherwise peaceful and uneventful existence!

Fireman Sam Marathon

Saturday 17th December and Sunday 18th December 8am to 12pm

The fire-fighting hero from accident-prone Pontypandy is ready at the rescue! Whether he’s manning the lifeboat, helping the mountain rescue, or joining up with the emergency medical services, Fireman Sam is always on hand to help.


Cartoonito UK’s New YouTube Channel

Cartoonito UK's New YouTube Channel

Cartoonito UK’s New YouTube Channel

Cartoon Network UK’s pre-school sister television channel – Cartoonito now has its very own YouTube channel. The YouTube channel features video clips and songs from episodes of Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Masha and the Bear, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Little People, Molang, Loopdidoo, Baby Looney Tunes and Tiny Toon Adventures. The Cartoonito YouTube channel is updated regularly, so there is always something new for young children to watch.


Also, Virgin Media UK is currently having a free preview for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and TCM, these channels will remain free for all Virgin Media subscribers until Friday 4th November 2016.