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Cartoon Cartoons
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Premiered April 28, 1996 (1996-04-28)
Discontinued January 15, 2004 (2004-01-15)
Network Cartoon Network
Country of origin United States
Format Children's programming block
Running time 30 minutes

Cartoon Cartoons is a collective name for 15 "retro" Cartoon Network original series that premiered between 1996 and 2003. They were produced by Hanna-Barbera and/or Cartoon Network Studios, with smaller studios like a.k.a Cartoon, Kinofilm, Stretch Films, and Curious Pictures focusing on individual projects. Most Cartoon Cartoons were featured on CN's Friday night programming block, Cartoon Cartoon Fridays.

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.


See also: What a Cartoon!

Cartoon Cartoons were first showcased as World Premiere Toons and later in 1995 on The What a Cartoon! Show, 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 under an hybrid live-action format as "Fridays", hosted by Tommy Snider and Nzinga Blake, who was later replaced by later co-host Tara Sands. It aired shows outside the "Cartoon Cartoon" moniker, such as Samurai Jack, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, The Life & 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.

Cartoon Cartoons is also on Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland) originally airing the old cartoons, now it starts airing new cartoons such as The Amazing World Of Gumball, Adventure Time, Ben 10 & Regular Show. In April 2014 after Snyder's reassignment, the description for Cartoon Cartoons had old cartoons on the list again but this turned out to be an error, shortly it was fixed.

List of programs[edit]

# Title Production company Premiere date End date Seasons Episodes
0 What a Cartoon! Hanna-Barbera Cartoons February 20, 1995 August 23, 2002 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 7, 1997 August 27, 2004 4 67
3 Cow and Chicken Hanna-Barbera Cartoons 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 May 27, 2001 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 25, 2008 6 78
14 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Cartoon Network Studios June 13, 2003 October 12, 2008 6 78
15 Evil Con Carne Cartoon Network Studios July 11, 2003 October 22, 2004 2 13

Dexter's Laboratory[edit]

Main article: Dexter's Laboratory

Dexter's Laboratory (commonly shortened to Dexter's Lab) is the first Cartoon Cartoon created by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Cartoon Network Studios (also co-produced with Hanna-Barbera from 1996 to 2001). The show is about a boy named Dexter who has an enormous secret laboratory filled with an endless collection of his inventions. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on April 27, 1996.

The series initially debuted on the What a Cartoon! show as a cartoon short and later became the first of said program to be adapted into its own series. Each 22-minute episode consists of two or three segments (with the exception of the initial series finale). Dexter's Laboratory originally ended in 1998 after 52 episodes, but it was later revived for a TV movie and a second line of episodes produced under a different production team. Dexter's Laboratory along with The Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo is the second longest-running Cartoon Network series, only trailing behind Ed, Edd n Eddy.

Johnny Bravo[edit]

Main article: Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo is the second Cartoon Cartoon, created by Van Partible. The series stars a man named Johnny Bravo who dons a pompadour hairstyle and an Elvis Presley-like voice and has a forward, woman-chasing personality. Plots typically revolve around him trying to get a woman that he has targeted throughout the episode to fall in love with him. He is often beaten up or stunned by his target or companions, or is ditched by them in the end.

The series was the second Cartoon Cartoon that was originally part of World Premiere Toons. The popularity of the shorts led to the network commissioning a full series for the show, which premiered on July 14, 1997. The series was renewed for multiple seasons and ended its official run on August 27, 2004.

An 11-minute short titled Johnny Bravo Goes To Bollywood was made and aired in India in 2009, and in August 2010 in the United Kingdom. A 70-minute movie with the same title aired in Australia on November 20, 2011.[2][3] Johnny Bravo along with The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory is the second longest-running Cartoon Network series, only trailing behind Ed, Edd n Eddy.

Cow and Chicken[edit]

Main article: Cow and Chicken

Cow and Chicken is the third Cartoon Cartoon, created by David Feiss. The series shows the surreal adventures of a cow, named Cow, and her chicken brother, named Chicken. They are often antagonized by "The Red Guy", who poses as various characters to scam or hurt them. The original short film "No Smoking" originally appeared as an episode of What a Cartoon!. The Cow and Chicken series first broadcast on Cartoon Network in July 1997 and ended in 1999.

I Am Weasel[edit]

Main article: I Am Weasel

I Am Weasel is the fourth Cartoon Cartoon, and the first not to be introduced with a short film on What a Cartoon! created by David Feiss. The series chronicles the adventures of I.M. Weasel, an internationally famous, highly intelligent and talented weasel, and I.R. Baboon, an idiotic baboon who is envious about Weasel's success and constantly tries to be better than him. I Am Weasel began as part of Cow and Chicken, often airing as the third of three segments in an episode, after two Cow and Chicken segments. Eventually, I Am Weasel was spun off into its own series and aired in 1999 and 2000.

The Powerpuff Girls[edit]

Main article: The Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls is the fifth Cartoon Cartoon, created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Hanna-Barbera (later Cartoon Network Studios). The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers, as well as their "father", scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's childlike mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers.

McCracken originally developed the show in 1992 as a cartoon short entitled Whoopass Stew! while in his second year at CalArts. Following a name change, Cartoon Network featured the first Powerpuff Girls pilots on World Premiere Toons in 1995 and 1996. The series made its official debut as a Cartoon Cartoon on November 18, 1998, with the final episode airing on March 25, 2005. A total of 78 episodes were aired in addition to two shorts, a Christmas special, a feature film, and a tenth anniversary special. The Powerpuff Girls is the second longest-running Cartoon Network series, only trailing behind Ed, Edd n Eddy.

Ed, Edd n Eddy[edit]

Main article: Ed, Edd n Eddy

Ed, Edd n Eddy is the sixth Cartoon Cartoon, created by Danny Antonucci and produced by Canadian-based a.k.a. Cartoon. It is the first Cartoon Cartoon to not be produced by Hanna-Barbera and the second not to be introduced by a short film. It premiered on Cartoon Network on January 4, 1999. The series revolves around three adolescent boys collectively known as "the Eds", who live in a suburban cul-de-sac. Unofficially led by Eddy, the Eds constantly scheme to make money off their peers in order to purchase their favorite confectionery; jawbreakers. However, their plans usually fail, leaving them in various predicaments.

Before signing on with Cartoon Network, Antonucci also approached Nickelodeon with the show, however they demanded creative control, which he did not agree to. A deal was ultimately made for Cartoon Network to commission the show, after they agreed to let Antonucci go in his own direction. During its run, there have been a number of specials and shorts produced in which the Eds would appear apart from their regular series airings. A number of video games either based on the series or featuring the series' characters have also been produced. The series' TV movie finale, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show aired on November 8, 2009, officially ending the series.[4]

Ed, Edd n Eddy received generally positive reviews from critics. With a viewership of 31 million households and aired in 29 different countries, Ed Edd n Eddy was popular amongst children, as well as adults. Receiving several awards and nominations, it remains Cartoon Network's longest running original series, as well as the longest running Canadian-made animated series to date.[4][5]

Mike, Lu & Og[edit]

Main article: Mike, Lu & Og

Mike, Lu & Og is the seventh Cartoon Cartoon, produced by KINOFILM Animation that ran on Cartoon Network. The show was based on a short for What a Cartoon!. Created by Mikhail Shindel, Mikhail Aldashin and Charles Swenson, the show follows a girl named Mike, a foreign exchange student from Manhattan; a self-appointed island princess named Lu; and a boy-genius named Og. The trio takes part in a variety of adventures as Mike and the island's natives share their customs with each other. Twenty-six half-hour episodes were produced, featuring two stories per episode. It premiered on November 12, 1999, along with fellow Cartoon Cartoon Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Courage the Cowardly Dog[edit]

Courage the Cowardly Dog is the eighth Cartoon Cartoon, created by John R. Dilworth. It is also the sixth and final series to be introduced with a short film appearing on World Premiere Toons. Its central plot revolves around a somewhat anthropomorphic dog named Courage who lives with his owners, Muriel and Eustace, an elderly, married farming couple in the "Middle of Nowhere" (the fictional town of Nowhere, Kansas). The three frequently run into monsters, aliens, demons, mad scientists, zombies, and other perils that Courage must fend off to save his owners. Although most of the creatures that the three face are frightening or disturbing, some turn out to be sweet or simply in distress. The show is often noted for its surreal, often disquieting humor and bizarre plot twists. The series combines elements of black comedy, comedy horror, science fantasy, surrealism and sometimes drama.

The program originated from a short on Cartoon Network's animation showcase series created by Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert, What a Cartoon! titled "The Chicken From Outer Space".[6] The segment was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996, and Cartoon Network commissioned a series based on the short. The series premiered on November 12, 1999 (along with Mike, Lu & Og), and ran for four seasons, ending on November 22, 2002, with a total of 52 episodes produced.

Sheep in the Big City[edit]

Main article: Sheep in the Big City

Sheep in the Big City is the ninth Cartoon Cartoon, created by Mo Willems. The bulk of the show follows a runaway sheep, Sheep, in its new life in "the Big City". It also features several unrelated sketches and shorts, similar to The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. With an emphasis on more "sophisticated" (in particular, literal) humor, using multiple forms of rhetoric from the characters to the plots, it was more popular with older audiences. It is unusual in featuring many comic references to film-making and television broadcasting. It ran from November 17, 2000, to April 7, 2002.

At the time, the premiere of Sheep in the Big City was the highest-rated premiere for a Cartoon Network original series.[7]

Time Squad[edit]

Main article: Time Squad

Time Squad is the 10th Cartoon Cartoon, created by Dave Wasson. The show follows the adventures of a trio of hapless "time cops", who travel back in time attempting to correct the course of history. The show earned 5 Annie Award nominations and ran from June 8, 2001, to November 26, 2003, with a total of 26 episodes.

Grim & Evil[edit]

Main article: Grim & Evil

Grim & Evil is the 11th Cartoon Cartoon, created by Maxwell Atoms. The series, which debuted on Cartoon Network, consisted of two segments which were eventually spun off into their own series, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne.[8] The show ran from August 24, 2001, to October 26, 2002, with a total of 13 episodes.

Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?[edit]

Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? (usually shortened to Robot Jones) is the 12th Cartoon Cartoon, created by Greg Miller. The show centers on Robot Jones, a robotic teenager attending a suburban middle school. The series was created by cartoonist Greg Miller, who made a pilot for the series that aired in 2000 to compete with other pilots to be picked up by the network. While The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy won the contract, Robot Jones still got a run in 2002. After waning support from the network executives, constant time slot changes, and steps to 're-develop' the series, (including re-casting the voice of Robot), Greg Miller left the show out of frustration and Robot Jones was left to air its second, and final season.

Codename: Kids Next Door[edit]

Codename: Kids Next Door, also known as Kids Next Door or by its acronym KND, is the 13th Cartoon Cartoon, created by Tom Warburton and produced by Curious Pictures in Santa Monica, California.[9] The series came about as the result of a viewer's poll by Cartoon Network.[10]

The main characters of the series are five 10-year-old children who operate from their high-tech treehouse. Their mission is to fight crime committed by adults, senior citizens and teenagers and other evil children. They make up what is known as Sector V of a worldwide organization called the Kids Next Door. The series debuted on Cartoon Network on December 6, 2002, and aired its final episode on January 25, 2008. Codename: Kids Next Door along with The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is the third longest-running Cartoon Network series, only trailing behind Ed, Edd n Eddy, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Johnny Bravo.

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy[edit]

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (often referred to as simply Billy and Mandy) is the 14th Cartoon Cartoon, created by Maxwell Atoms. It is also the spin-off of Grim & Evil, having originally aired as part of it. The show began in 2001, And went on to become one of Cartoon Network's longest running shows. The show began airing under the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy title on June 13, 2003, airing its last regular episode on November 9, 2007. A crossover with Codename: Kids Next Door, called The Grim Adventures of the KND, first aired on November 11, 2007. On October 12, 2008, a special titled Underfist which focused on several supporting characters, aired, intended as a backdoor pilot, but, because of Maxwell Atom's contract with Cartoon Network expiring, the spinoff never came to fruition. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy along with Codename: Kids Next Door is the third longest-running Cartoon Network series, only trailing behind Ed, Edd n Eddy, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Johnny Bravo.

Evil Con Carne[edit]

Main article: Evil Con Carne

Evil Con Carne is the 15th and final Cartoon Cartoon, created by Maxwell Atoms. The series first appeared on Cartoon Network during the show Grim & Evil and later became a separate program in 2003, running for one season. The show was repackaged from Grim & Evil, along with The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. The series revolved around Hector Con Carne, "jillionaire playboy" crime lord and evil genius bent on taking over the world. The series ran from July 11, 2003, to October 22, 2004.

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