Cartoon Network Too
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|Cartoon Network Too|
|Launched||April 24, 2006 (original)
24 May 2007
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe
(Time Warner Inc.)
|Picture format||576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.1% (November 2012, BARB)|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom, Ireland & Malta|
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom
|Replaced||Cartoon Network +1
|Sister channel(s)||Cartoon Network
|Virgin Media||Channel 705|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 617|
|UPC Poland||Channel 680|
|TalkTalk TV||Channel 326|
Cartoon Network Too (trademarked Cartoon Network TOO, abbreviated CN Too) is a British TV network created by Turner Broadcasting. CN Too is the sister station of Cartoon Network, and it often airs programmes a while after they are shown on the main Cartoon Network. During the daytime, it will usually air some action-adventure programming such as Ben 10: Alien Force and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During overnight hours, usually between midnight and 06:00, it also airs some shows which are no longer being produced, and are no longer in high demand (i.e. Skatoony).
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2006-2007: Launch and early years
On April 24, 2006, Cartoon Network Too was launched on Sky. It also became available on SCTV Digital when that service became available in 2006, along with the main Cartoon Network Channel and Boomerang. The channel aired from 03:00 to 19:00, sharing a broadcast frequency with TCM 2, a UK-only spin-off station from TCM (although the two channels have separate channel numbers).
During its early months, CN TOO broadcast cartoons primarily made by Hanna-Barbera such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Wacky Races and Cow & Chicken. It also showed cartoons such as Ed, Edd n Eddy, The Cramp Twins and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
The channel launched at 10:15 with Dexter's Laboratory being the first program to air. It was then followed by Cow and Chicken at 10:30, and Wacky Races at 11:00 during its original launch morning. Many of the shows originally on the channel have been removed since.
Within a few months of broadcasting, the channel relaunched itself into a "modern classic" programming channel with shows like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, also shown on Boomerang, appearing alongside Cartoon Network shows from the recent past.
Introduction of Cartoonito block
Starting from September 4, 2006, the channel gave up 9 of its 16 hours of programming a day for Cartoonito as a programming block from 06:00 until 15:00, which was not a popular choice for some viewers. The channel's airtime remained 03:00 to 19:00, however actual CN Too programming only aired between 03:00 and 06:00 then from 15:00 until 19:00, as the remaining hours contained Cartoonito's programming.
2007-present: CN Too as a 24 hour channel
On 23 May 2007 at 19:00, the old version of the channel closed for the last time. Then, on 24 May 2007 at 03:00, Toonami was shut down permanently and CN Too was moved into Toonami's slot, allowing a full Cartoonito channel to launch in CN Too's original timeshared-with-TCM2 slot, expand into the full former-CN TOO schedule (thus expanding Cartoonito from 9 hours a day to 16 hours a day). Viewers of Toonami were given three weeks of notice before Turner took the channel off air. CN Too was in the process moved to Toonami's former slot on Sky Digital channel 602 and was launched on Virgin Media channel 732, again replacing Toonami.
Cartoonito more recently changed its broadcast hours to 04:00 until 20:00, following a one-hour shift in the time-split arrangement with TCM 2.
The US version of Toonami stayed on air until 20 September 2008.
In June 2007, Cartoon Network Too became available on Top Up TV Anytime, which is a video-on-demand service. However, on 2 June 2009 it was removed, but the main Cartoon Network channel continues to be accessible via Top Up TV Anytime. In June 2010, CN Too was removed from SCTV Digital as a result of that service going into administration. On 16 May 2012, CN Too's logo was changed in line with the already updated main Cartoon Network logo, retaining its "eyes" motif that the network has used since 2006. At the same time, it now targets a slightly older audience. It now focuses on action-adventure programming and all modern classic programming will move to Boomerang in the near future. Modern classic programming had begun to be removed from CN Too in favour of action-adventure programming, and by 16 May 2012 all modern classic programming had been removed. The remaining 4:3 shows were converted to 16:9 as well.
Technical faults and interruptions
On 27 July 2006 in the UK, Cartoon Network Too along with its sister channels suffered a major technical fault due to a power cut in Soho, London. This was due to the energy supplier EDF cutting power from different parts of Soho one at a time for four hours, purposely, due to the instability as the 2006 European heat wave had hit. The power cut caused a mix up of Turner Broadcasting System Europe channels (i.e. Cartoon Network being broadcast on Boomerang and Toonami, with Boomerang being broadcast on CN Too). Boomerang +1 was off air for some time, while TCM, reverted between TCM France and other programming during the times it was able to provide a service. TCM 2 didn't have a power cut because of its downtimes of timesharing. Most advertising was suspended and several of the channel websites were offline also. Those who could still receive the channels had a backup transmission played out, making people curious into why the incorrect programmes were played out when compared to the EPG CN Too and Boomerang were showing episodes of The Flintstones. These backups where played out with a scrolling message which said "We apologise for the disruption to this service. This is due to technical difficulties. We will resume normal programming as soon as possible" in multiple languages. Whilst most channels returned to the air relatively quickly, it took longer for CN Too to resume programming and it was also joked on various animation based forums by Toonami UK viewers, many of whom have made note of their disdain for the direction in which Turner took the Brand in the UK, that the backup transmission was more entertaining, purely on the basis that there's no live action aired during the black out. The idents on Toonami which aired between shows during the black-out displayed the message "Sorry! Toonami is broken, we'll be right back as soon as we fix it.". These idents have since been re-used in disclaimers warning viewers not to try stunts on various shows at home.
Logos and idents
- Angelo Rules
- Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge
- Ben 10
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
- Chop Socky Chooks (shown only at 9:00pm and 9am on weekdays; also airs during school hours and late at night on the main Cartoon Network schedule)
- Cramp Twins
- Fantastic Four
- Generator Rex
- Green Lantern: The Animated Series
- Johnny Test
Late at night only
- Fantastic Four (shown only from 02:55 to 03:40)
- Hero 108 (shown only from 01:55 to 02:35; re-runs from the main Cartoon Network schedule)
- Robotboy (shown only from 03:40 to 04:55)
- Ultimate Spider-Man (shown only from 2:20 to 3:10)
Re-runs only Now on Boomerang Late at night only
- Animal Stories
- Bakugan: Battle Brawlers
- Best Ed
- Camp Lazlo
- Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
- Casper's Scare School
- The Chuck Jones Show
- Courage the Cowardly Dog (Now shown on Cartoon Network At 9:00 PM)
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Cow and Chicken (Now shown on Cartoon Network At 9:30PM)
- Da Boom Crew
- Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
- Dexter's Laboratory (Now on Boomerang)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- The Flintstones
- The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
- Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
- Hong Kong Phooey
- Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
- I Am Weasel
- The Jetsons
- Johnny Bravo (Now Shown On Cartoon Network At 10:00PM).
- Justice League Unlimited
- Loonatics Unleashed
- Looney Tunes
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
- ¡Mucha Lucha!
- Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (Only shown in half-term)
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies
- One Piece
- The Powerpuff Girls
- Roobarb (also shown on Milkshake).
- Roobarb and Custard Too (only shown in winter)
- Samurai Jack (Now Shown On Cartoon Network At 10:30PM)
- Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
- The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
- The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
- The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
- Teen Titans
- Tom and Jerry Tales
- Top Cat
- Wacky Races
- Xiaolin Showdown
- X-Men: Evolution
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- Also airs on the main Cartoon Network schedule overnight.
- CNToo.co.uk – official website