Agro's Cartoon Connection
|Agro's Cartoon Connection|
|Starring||Agro, Ann-Maree Biggar, Stacey Thomson|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||9|
|Location(s)||Brisbane, Queensland (1989-1996)
Sydney, New South Wales (1997)
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original channel||Seven Network|
|Picture format||4:3 PAL|
|Original run||1989 – 19 December 1997|
Agro's Cartoon Connection was an Australian children's television show that aired on the Seven Network from 1989 to 1997. Shown on weekday mornings, it was primarily hosted by Agro, a puppet played by comedian Jamie Dunn. It was originally filmed at BTQ7 from 1989 to 1996, after which it moved to ATN7 in 1997.
It began as Seven's Super Saturday, later becoming the Super Saturday Show, which only aired on Saturday mornings and was originally only broadcast in Brisbane.
It followed on from a show called Cartoon Connection which had been hosted for many years previously by Michael Horrocks and Alex Wileman, Wileman went on to do New South Wales lottery broadcasts.
The show consisted of playing a variety of cartoons including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(Later seasons, as it had originally been its own separate afternoon program), Popeye and Son, It's Punky Brewster!, Samurai Pizza Cats and Sailor Moon while including small editorials presented between the cartoons in a variety of segments. One such example included Ian Calder appearing in a regular segment acting as a character, one of his more popular being Crikey the Clown where he would walk around the streets of Brisbane in an aggressive manner asking questions to anyone he met.
Other shows presented during the series' run included G.I. Joe, He-Man, Robotech, , The Flintstone Kids, Maya The Bee and Bob in a Bottle, Little Mouse on The Prairie, Sonic the Hedgehog, A Pup Named Scooby Doo and Mega Man. The Sunday morning edition of the program ran under the name The Super Sunday Show and included skits performed by the regulars, as well as presenting the UK sci-fi program UFO.
Notably the show's humour was sometimes provocative but always done in a way that would escape the notice of the show's primary audience of children. The program was criticized in Parliament for including product sponsorship within the program itself, rather than simply running commercial breaks.
In its final years the show lost in the ratings to its competitor Cheez TV, causing the Seven Network to cut its running time and funding until it was cancelled. Ultimately, after several experiments, 7 decided not to continue aiming its breakfast programming at children, and eventually created the successful Sunrise program instead. This program currently occupies the morning timeslot.
The show received 7 consecutive Logie Awards for Most Popular Children's Program from 1991 to 1997.