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.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
http://www.cartoonnetworkstudios.com
http://www.warnerbros.com
http://www.timewarner.com

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2017 Schedule And Events

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2017 Schedule And Events

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2017 Schedule And Events

Turner’s young adult entertainment brand and Cartoon Network’s sister brand – Adult Swim will also be hosting a series of panels, signings and other special events at San Diego Comic Con International 2017. All panels for Adult Swim shows will take place on Friday 21st July at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront running from 12.15pm to 4pm. This year, there will be panels for four Adult Swim shows – The Jellies (a brand new animated series coming soon to Adult Swim), Rick and Morty (new episodes coming to Adult Swim from 30th July), Robot Chicken and Mike Tyson Mysteries.

Adult Swim’s main venue at this year’s Comic-Con is a fairground-like attraction called “Adult Swim On The Green”, featuring a Meatwad Dome 4D Experience, games and prizes, autograph signing sessions, streams and special new episode screenings at night, including a Toonami Pre-Flight live stream from the convention. Adult Swim On The Green will be located behind the San Diego Convention Center, and will be open throughout the duration of the convention.

There will also be a special Rick and Morty event outside the Petco Park baseball stadium presented by the show’s creators – Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon on Saturday 22nd July, also the RickMobile (a vehicle shaped like Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty) will be travelling around the city.

Adult Swim San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule: Panels

The Jellies!

Friday 21st July 2017 at 12.15pm – 1pm

Show creators Tyler, The Creator (Loiter Squad) and Lionel Boyce (Loiter Squad), producer Carl Jones (Black Dynamite), and actor Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) invite you to preview an exclusive look at their new animated series The Jellies!, premiering this year on Adult Swim. Moderated by Walter Newman, vice president of comedy development at Adult Swim.

Rick and Morty

Friday 21st July 2017 at 1.15pm – 2pm

Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community), and voice talent Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer), invite fans to an inside look at the highly anticipated third season of Rick and Morty, premiering this summer on Adult Swim. Moderated by Brian “Q” Quinn (Impractical Jokers).

Robot Chicken

Friday 21st July 2017 at 2.15pm – 3pm

Walkers and bawk-bawkers collide this year when the RC crew arrives with an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming season including the Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking ! Co-creator/executive producer Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, executive producer/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), writer/director Tom Sheppard, creator/writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and showrunner Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead) will be on hand for the fun, and who knows which surprise guests might “walker” onstage? Perhaps a guest who can write better puns than that. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim.

Mike Tyson Mysteries

Friday 21st July 2017 at 3.15pm – 4:00pm

It was a unanimous victory last time, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again, and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. Currently in its third season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team has all-new episodes airing on Adult Swim. Join Mike Tyson, fellow voice cast member Rachel Ramras (The Looney Tunes Show), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for an exclusive look at upcoming episodes. Moderated by Matt Fowler, TV writer for IGN.

Adult Swim San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule: Adult Swim On The Green: Signings and Events

Adult Swim On The Green: Located at Convention Way & 5th Ave Pier Behind the Convention Center

From Thursday 20th July to Sunday 23rd July at 1pm to 6pm.
Free, This event for people over 18 years old, signup here.

We’re back on the Green! Did you miss us? We missed you! Come spend a leisurely afternoon on the back of a ferocious beast gallivanting through It’s A Fish Hole, or get a six-minute mind massage from the upgraded Meatwad Dome 4D Experience – now with motion seats. We’ve got all new games, friends, prizes, fun, streams (of the live variety), motorized animals, a tarot card reader, dart throwing, a claw machine and shade. Play for glory and be rewarded accordingly! It’s going to be like a choose-your-own-adventure game in real life.

Adult Swim Signings, Adult Swim On The Green, Main Stage

Autograph signings will take place on Saturday 22nd July, the schedule is as follows:

Rick and Morty: – 12pm to 1pm
Robot Chicken: – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
The Jellies!: – 3pm to 4pm

*Wristbands required for all signings.

A limited number of wristbands will be given out on the Green beginning at 11.30am PST.
First come, first served

Streams on the Green

We’re beaming our streams directly into your dreams LIVE from Comic-Con. Come see FishCenter and the rest of the Adult Swim streams at Adult Swim On The Green, Wednesday – Sunday. If you’re stuck in line (or at home) watch us live from wherever you are at adultswim.com.

Nighttime on the Green

Nighttime is the right time to stare into our future. Come out and watch our latest episodes and pilots.

Toonami Pre-Flight

Thursday 20th July at 8pm – 10pm.
FREE, First come, first served, This event for people over 18 years old, lineup begins at 7pm.

Toonami Pre-Flight is bringing TOM and SARA to you live from Comic-Con! Get behind-the-scenes info from your hosts Jason Demarco, Gill Austin, Steve Blum (voice of TOM) and Dana Swanson (voice of SARA).

Adult Swim Presents: Things You’ve Never Seen

Friday 21st July at 8pm – 10pm.
FREE, First come, first served.

Do you want to see things you’ve never seen before? Of course you do. It’s going to be completely mind blowing. We promise. Blankets and surprises provided.

Adult Swim Events In Other Locations In San Diego

Adult Swim Presents: Rick and Morty

Saturday 22nd July at 7.30pm – 11pm.

FREE, First come, first served. This event for people over 18 years old, lineup begins at 7pm.
Located at The Park at Petco Park, Enter at East Village Gate.

Wubba-Lubba-Dub-Dub! Join us for an event so big we had to find more Green (we’re moving this one to Petco Park)! Have all life’s burning questions answered (no promises) at this special evening with creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon.

RickMobile

The #rickmobile is rolling all over San Diego all week long! Follow it on the interwebs to find out where we’ll be.

Free Rides

They say, “Set a fish free and he’ll give you a ride anywhere in the sea.” We’re taking that to heart this year with our FishCenter themed free ride mobiles. Find this fishy fascination for some much-needed leg rest.

Interested to find out what else is happening at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con?, check out the schedule on the official San Diego Comic-Con website:

https://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule

Adult Swim’s Official San Diego Comic-Con Schedule:

http://www.adultswim.com/presents/sdcc-17/

Toonami France’s New YouTube Channel

Toonami France's New YouTube Channel

Toonami France’s New YouTube Channel

Toonami France now has its very own YouTube channel, the YouTube channel is filled with video clips of Toonami’s animated action programming including Dragon Ball Super, Batman, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Aimed at children between ages 8 and 12, Toonami is Cartoon Network France’s all-action animation TV channel featuring superhero cartoons from DC Comics and Marvel as well as action movies, the channel also has a VOD (video-on-demand) service called Toonami Max.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjC9h_GrwjDmdsUjLHSQLEA

http://www.toonami.fr/