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For the original series series after 2003, see Cartoon Network Original Series and Movies.

Cartoon Cartoons is a collective name for Cartoon Network original series spanning from 1996 to 2003. These cartoons were produced by Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios, with smaller studios such as A.K.A. Cartoon, Inc., KINOFILM Animation, Stretch Films and Curious Pictures focusing on individual projects. All Cartoon Cartoons have been featured as part of Cartoon Network's Friday night programming block, Cartoon Cartoon Fridays. During its time, the Cartoon Cartoons line spawned 15 original programs for Cartoon Network.

In 2003, Cartoon Network stopped using the Cartoon Cartoon moniker for its original animation. Many original animated series that have premiered from 2003 to 2007 were aired on the Friday night block Fridays, but these are not officially referred to as Cartoon Cartoons by the network. Additionally, in the United Kingdom Cartoon Network and Cartoon Network TOO have late night Cartoon Cartoons programming blocks containing most of the Cartoon Cartoon productions.

As of 2012, the Cartoon Cartoons along with other Cartoon Network Studios shows (from the post-Cartoon Cartoons era) have been airing in reruns on the 2012 revival of Cartoon Planet, a block strictly airing Cartoon Cartoons and other original shows for the network's 20th anniversary.

History

Template:See also Cartoon Cartoons were first showcased as World Premiere Toons and later in 1995 on What a Cartoon!, a series of comedic animated shorts produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Cartoon Network Studios guided by Fred Seibert. Seibert had been a guiding force for Nickelodeon (having overseen the creation of Nicktoons shortly prior to his departure) prior to joining Hanna-Barbera and would establish Frederator Studios years later.[1] The first series to spin off from The What a Cartoon! Show was Dexter's Laboratory in 1996. A year later, Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken joined Dexter on the Cartoon Network lineup. The Powerpuff Girls became a Cartoon Cartoon in the fall of 1998. I Am Weasel and Ed, Edd n Eddy were the first two Cartoon Cartoons series not to be introduced as a What a Cartoon! short.

More shows premiered bearing the Cartoon Cartoons brand, airing throughout the network's schedule and prominently on "Cartoon Cartoon Fridays", which became the marquee night for premieres of new episodes and shows beginning June 11, 1999. On September 5, 2003, the block was rebooted as "Fridays", hosted by Tommy Snider, Nzinga Blake (2003-2004), and Tara Sands (2005-2007). It aired shows outside the "Cartoon Cartoon" moniker, such as Samurai Jack, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Camp Lazlo, My Gym Partner's a Monkey and Squirrel Boy. The last airing of "Fridays" was on February 23, 2007.

As early as September 2005, the "Cartoon Cartoons" label was primarily used for The Cartoon Cartoon Show, a half-hour program featuring episodes of older Cartoon Cartoons that were no longer shown regularly on the network, and "Cartoon Cartoons The Top 5", an hour-long program featuring a countdown of the week's five "best" Cartoon Cartoons from the older lineup.

The block Cartoon Planet was revived on Cartoon Network on March 30, 2012, airing in a format similar to The Cartoon Cartoon Show. It features Cartoon Cartoons such as Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Codename: Kids Next Door, and other original Cartoon Network Studios series such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Camp Lazlo, and Chowder. Cartoon Planet returned on October 5, 2012, for Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary.

List of programs

# Title Production company Premiere date End date Seasons Episodes
0 What a Cartoon! Hanna-Barbera Cartoons February 20, 1995 August 17, 2001 Shorts 71
1 Dexter's Laboratory Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network Studios April 28, 1996 November 20, 2003 4 78
2 Johnny Bravo Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network Studios July 14, 1997 August 27, 2004 4 67
3 Cow and Chicken Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network Studios July 15, 1997 July 24, 1999 4 52
4 I Am Weasel Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network Studios July 15, 1997 March 2, 2000 5 79
5 The Powerpuff Girls Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network Studios November 18, 1998 March 25, 2005 6 78
6 Ed, Edd n Eddy A.K.A. Cartoon January 4, 1999 November 8, 2009 6 69
7 Mike, Lu & Og KINOFILM Animation November 12, 1999 August 18, 2000 2 26
8 Courage the Cowardly Dog Stretch Films, Inc. November 12, 1999 November 22, 2002 4 52
9 Sheep in the Big City Curious Pictures November 4, 2000 April 7, 2002 2 27
10 Time Squad Cartoon Network Studios June 8, 2001 November 26, 2003 2 26
11 Grim & Evil Cartoon Network Studios August 24, 2001 October 18, 2002 2 13
12 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Cartoon Network Studios June 15, 2002 November 14, 2003 2 14
13 Codename: Kids Next Door Curious Pictures December 6, 2002 January 21, 2008 6 78
14 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Cartoon Network Studios June 13, 2003 November 9, 2007 6 78
15 Evil Con Carne Cartoon Network Studios July 11, 2003 October 22, 2004 2 13

Logo and continuity

  • July 17, 1997-November 17, 1998: This was the first Cartoon Cartoons intro, which features random Cartoon Cartoon characters inside the 1992-2004 Cartoon Network logo, then the 1992-2004 Cartoon Network logo explodes, and the words "Cartoon Cartoon" is shown, later, someone would say the phrase. The voice is not from a Cartoon Cartoon character.
  • November 18, 1998-January 3, 1999: This bumper revolved around The Powerpuff Girls (and was occasionally used after). Over a white background, the Powerpuff Girls float on the top right, while a red worm-like object creeps in from the left. Blossom charges towards it, and gets stuck, with Buttercup following suit a second later. Bubbles frees them by kicking the space between where they are stuck, and the screen zooms out, revealing the red "worm" to be part of a cursive "Cartoon", except the "n" is not completely formed (which Bubbles easily fixes by punching it). From the bottom, Blossom flies up with the word "CART", and Buttercup does the same with "OONS". Blossom and Buttercup slam the two segments together, with a blue background with circles beaming forward appearing behind when the logo is formed.
  • January 4, 1999-November 20, 2003: The Cartoon Network logo zooms up over a blue swirly background, accompanied by circles (probably meant to represent broadcast signals), then, after a few seconds, it thrusts itself forward. This is followed by red and yellow ribbons curling to form a cursive "Cartoon", followed by the letters in "CARTOONS" zooming out one by one (the "OO" zooms out together). A character from the upcoming show pops out of the first "O" in "CARTOONS" and says, "Cartoon Cartoons!" There are some variants, such as for Sheep in the Big City, when Sheep says, "Baa! Baa!" due to his inability to speak. Also, on first-run episodes of Grim & Evil, Grim would pop out of the first "O", with Boskov following suit with the second "O" a second later.
  • At the end of shows, it would show the aforementioned blue background with Cartoon Network logo (this time zooming out) accompanied by a voice saying "Cartoon Cartoons!" (the voice was not from the preceding cartoon, and in the afternoon, this was sometimes preceded by the same animation on a green background, followed by an iris-out leading into the aforementioned blue background.) But the green background was only seen on season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory.
  • Cartoon Cartoon Fridays: The Cartoon Network logo zooms out, and the letters in it quickly flash on the screen one by one, followed by squares containing Cartoon Cartoon characters swirling away. This is followed by four squares covering the screen (they may or may not contain at least one character from the upcoming show), which in turn is followed by the curling ribbons (these ribbons, however, curl like the regular ones, but from bottom to top instead of left to right, and they are light and dark blue on black). Sound bars containing Cartoon Cartoon characters appear to the beat of the music, and when they clear, the CCF logo forms. A character from the upcoming show pops out of the second "O" in "CARTOON" and says "Cartoon Cartoon Fridays!", as circles beam forward from behind. Codename: Kids Next Door, Grim & Evil, and Time Squad did not have CCF bumpers, and instead used special versions of the regular bumpers.
  • Characters in the sound bars, from the bottom up: Bubbles, Johnny Bravo, Dexter, Chicken, Eddy, I. M. Weasel, and Courage.

When the new version of The Cartoon Cartoons Show premiered, when the main theme for the bumpers was the characters featured in a three-dimensional version of each of the show's worlds which became the network's continuity image after it relaunched in June 2004, only the female continuity announcer would say the quote, and the music remixed. The Cartoon Cartoon logo would be more three-dimensional and would be drawn "on" the sky. The Cartoon Cartoons Show is now the only place to find the Cartoon Cartoons name and logo on Cartoon Network.

The background music used during the Cartoon Cartoon bumps is still in usage as it is played over the production logo at the end of some Cartoon Network originals. The graphics are now simply the pre-2004 logo with a black background, and the subtext "A Time Warner Company" ("An AOL Time Warner Company" on shows between 2001 and 2003). It can also be seen on the DVD releases of the shows. It was not seen on The Powerpuff Girls Movie.

See also

References

  1. Strike, Joe (July 15, 2003). "The Fred Seibert Interview — Part 1". Animation World Network. http://www.awn.com/articles/people/fred-seibert-interview-part-1/page/1%2C1. Retrieved on August 30, 2010. 

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