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.


New Mobile App The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker

New Mobile App The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker

New Mobile App The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker

Today (16/02/2017), Cartoon Network EMEA and Cartoon Network Games has released a brand new Powerpuff Girls mobile app – The Powerpuff Girls: Story Maker. Ever wanted to create your own Powerpuff Girls episode? ever dreamed about the Powerpuff Girls saving the world before bedtime in a story featuring your own ideas?, now with The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker app, you can make your very own Powerpuff Girls story featuring the characters from the popular animated show.

With the app, you can create action scenes using show’s superheroines (Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup) and villains (featuring the Powerpuff Girls arch nemesis – Mojo Jojo and also Princess Morebucks). The app also features backdrops of Townsville as featured in the show including the Professor Utonium’s laboratory, the girl’s classroom and the city itself, as well as props including the Powerpuff hotline smartphones.

With The Powerpuff Girls: Story Maker App, it’s possible to record your voice and even take the role of narrator, save your creations onto your phone or tablet and share it with your family and friends via e-mail.

Ever since the show’s premiere in 1998 on Cartoon Network USA (and 1995 pilot premiere on Cartoon Network’s World Premiere Toons), The Powerpuff Girls became one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows, the show appeals to both girls and boys because of its unusual combination of cuteness and action as well as its humour. Last year, The Powerpuff Girls returned to Cartoon Network with more new episodes.

The Powerpuff Girls airs every day on Cartoon Network UK at 7.45pm.

The Powerpuff Girls: Story Maker app is available for free to download from Google Play (for Android smartphones and tablets) and the iTunes App Store (iOS for iPhone and iOS):

Google Play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.turner.thepowerpuffgirlsstorymaker

iTunes App Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-powerpuff-girls-story-maker/id1193948346?mt=8

The Powerpuff Girls: Story Maker Video Preview

From the App’s Description On The iTunes App Store

Let your child bring their imagination to life with the brand-new, free Powerpuff Girls Story Maker app! Join Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, in the Powerpuff Girls’ greatest adventure yet – where YOU get to decide what happens next. Will the girls defeat Mojo Jojo yet again, or will he finally get his own back? This is a creativity-focussed game where your child can animate their own Powerpuff Girls stories. You can help your child make their very own adventures and let them get creative.

Your child can create: select their favourite Powerpuff Girls characters on to the animation stage, add props, and then record their voice to bring the scene to life. The end result is their very own personalised story you can then save to your mobile or tablet and show off your child’s talents with friends and family.

From The Turner UK Press Release: Lights, Camera, Action! The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker App Launches Today!: Cartoon Network invites you to create your very own Powerpuff Girls-themed stories

The Powerpuff Girls are calling on you to help them juggle school, homework and a parade of evil villains in the all-new The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker app. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are placing their destiny in your hands as you set the scene for your very own action adventure story with the superhero sisters. The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker app is available now on iOS and Google Play and is free to download.

The Powerpuff Girls Story Maker app allows parents and kids to work together to create their very own story based on the much-loved crime-fighting trio. You can create and animate scenes involving your favourite heroes and villains from the series, from Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup to the girls’ arch nemesis, Mojo Jojo. Once the scene is set and fully decorated with fun items from The Powerpuff Girls universe, you can record your voice and narrate over your bespoke animation to further add a personal touch to your story. The stories can then be saved to the device and watched later or shared with friends and family via email.

Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are three super cute, super fierce little girls, known to their fans (and villains everywhere) as The Powerpuff Girls! For girls who know what it’s like to be underestimated, The Powerpuff Girls is the only superheroine brand that shows what “little girls” are really made of. An original, animated comedy series from Cartoon Network Studios, The Powerpuff Girls airs every day at 7:45pm on Cartoon Network.