Cartoon Network (pre-2009, 2011-2014, 2018-2020, 2022-present)
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Cartoon Network (abbreviated as CN, as of 2004) is an American pay television network owned by Warner Bros. Discovery Networks, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery.
Why It's The Best Place for Cartoons
- The idea of launching a 24/7 network dedicated to animation was pure original.
- It was served as a 24-hour outlet for classic animation properties from the Turner Broadcasting libraries such as Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), pre-1986 MGM (Tom and Jerry, Droopy, MGM Cartoons), and Hanna-Barbera (Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons).
- Ever since Turner Broadcasting System purchased Hanna-Barbera in 1991, the company produced What a Cartoon. Speaking of which, they aired the very first original series, The Moxy Show, along with the original shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Generator Rex, Regular Show, Sym-Bionic Titan, Uncle Grandpa, and Steven Universe.
- It launched Cartoon Network Studios, where it produced some of the shows, and some shows they co-produced by the network itself without the studio.
- It even aired some programming blocks like Toonami, Miguzi, Har Har Tharsday and You Are Here: 2nd Pulse as well as the movies from Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, among others.
- It had a weekday morning preschool block, Cartoonito, which was finally launched in the USA.
- When Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner in 1996, it began to air some of the programs from either Fox Kids or Kids' WB, such as Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid!, ¡Mucha Lucha!, Xiaolin Showdown, shows that were based on DC Comics like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Super Friends, Static Shock, Justice League and Teen Titans, as well as other shows including MAD, The Looney Tunes Show and New Looney Tunes, produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
- They also aired acquired shows like LEGO Ninjago, Totally Spies!, Atomic Betty, Johnny Test, Total Drama and 6teen.
- As of #5, they used to air Fridays, where they showed new episodes of the shows, and while Toonami aired on weekdays and Saturday nights, where it showed anime series like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Naruto as well as some American programs like Megas XLR, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and ThunderCats.
- It launched Boomerang in 2000, which used to air most of the libraries of Warner Bros., MGM, Hanna-Barbera and even Cartoon Network.
- During the early to the mid-2000s, following the introduction of their then-new creative logo, they introduced the CN City graphics, where the characters from Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. appeared in between 2D and CGI.
- It spawned clothing and video games based on its shows.
- The website was fun and entertaining. The commercials were great as well, in which they showed promos or bumpers each era (including Checkerboard, Powerhouse, CN City, Noods, and Check It; although the Yes!, Fall and Preface eras are considered the weakest of all eras due to poor reasons), music videos, and more.
- They managed to bring back reruns of classics like Adventure Time and Clarence.
- They managed to recover from their first two downfalls (and their third one slowed down after 2021), which was amazing.
- We thought they were responsible for removing those shows on HBO Max, but they actually are fighting back!
- The network's "jack-in-the-box" logo seen at the end of 1995-1998 Space Ghost Coast to Coast episodes may scare some people.
- The audio on some episodes (such as "Switcheroo", "Zorak", "Spanish Translation", "CHiPS", and "Surprise") is just horrific and irritating. There is an accordion accompanied by cartoon noisemaker and splat sounds and distorted, weirdly-pitched gurgles and wobbles.
- The audio on "Gilligan", "Sharrock", and "Banjo" is tamer, but the noisemaker sounds are still there and there is a slide whistle at the start.
- The network's quality has become unstable as they have gone through many downfalls, two of which happened during the Dimensional and Redraw Your World eras.
- Some of its shows are either terrible or just mediocre at best, such as Mike, Lu & Og, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Squirrel Boy, Out of Jimmy's Head, The Problem Solverz, The Powerpuff Girls reboot, Ben 10 reboot (the first four seasons), and even some shows which their sister company Warner Bros. owns like Teen Titans Go! and ThunderCats Roar.
- Speaking of which, the network also has a tendency to cancel mostly good shows over bad ones, the most notable example is when OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes was cancelled over Teen Titans Go!.
- Speaking of Teen Titans Go!, it has been one of the few inescapable nuisances and cash cows from Cartoon Network, either the people working on it see the criticism the show did get and don't care, or Warner Bros. kept on milking it to give Cartoon Network a run for their money and a completely bad rep, with the most infamous example of how it was constantly given marathons almost all the time in 2017, even on the day of their 25th anniversary, which turns out to be an incredible mess due to the former spamming the schedule for seemingly no good reason (at least in the United States).
- Some say the network began its decline around 2001 to 2005, though many would argue 2006 would be the decline for the channel, as they switched the eras from City to Yes!. Although the network's third downfall has been slowing down since 2022 and they're improving themselves, it still hasn't fully recovered and they're nowhere nearly as good as they once were after their golden years, as well as their Renaissance years.
- In fact, as mentioned on BQ#1, since 2021, they've gotten worse and are now often.
- Stu Snyder was a very mediocre president of Cartoon Network compared to his excellent predecessors Betty Cohen and Jim Samples and his controversial actions continued to be felt by the network to this day. While not as bad as Christina Miller since the schedule was hardly dominated by one show (save for Johnny Test, but even it received less airtime compared to Teen Titans Go!), he heavily focused on live-action shows (a stunt that caused Craig McCracken to resign in protest), his cancellation of Toonami and the death of Cartoon Network's interest in anime, but also basing series' success on toy sales, which led to many excellent shows such as Sym-Bionic Titan and Young Justice getting cancelled after a season or two due to low toy sales. The former which led to even Samurai Jack's creator Genndy Tarkovsky to leave for Sony.
- His successor Christina Miller, from 2014 to 2019, wasn't a very good president for Cartoon Network either.
- They gave Teen Titans Go! the tagline "Your new favorite show", which is bizarrely ironic considering how heavily panned Teen Titans Go! was by fans of the original Teen Titans.
- They sometimes broadcast movies that are in live-action, which is a really jarring choice because Cartoon Network is a cartoon channel and not a mix of both like Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, CBBC, or Disney Channel. Heck, they even aired some Star Wars movies a few months back in October, even though the Star Wars movies themselves are A. in live-action, and B. is a property now owned by Disney.
- They stopped airing anime made for kids since 2017 by giving Pokémon the boot from their scheduling in the US after Season 19/XY&Z (the end of the X&Y era of the show). Luckily, Pokémon made a new home into Disney XD in the States and was then moved to Netflix after Disney had lost the rights to the anime after the show's twenty second season, Ultra Legends. After that, new episodes eventually became more accessible for release on Netflix and other streaming services instead of both TV and streaming.
- They traced someone's Steven Universe fanart without permission and discredited the original creator, which was a rather scummy move.