Cartoon Network (India)
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Cartoon Network's current logo, used as of 1 October 2011.
|Launched||1 May 1995|
|Owned by||Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. (Time Warner Inc.)|
|Picture format||576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)
|Slogan||It's a Fun Thing!|
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
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|Airtel digital TV||Channel 355|
|Dish TV||Channel 511|
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 605|
|Sun Direct||Channel 528|
|Tata Sky||Channel 613|
|Videocon d2h||Channel 501|
|Available on most cable providers||Check local listings for channels|
|FDI Digital TV||Channel 30|
|GTPL cable||Channel 403|
|In Digital||Channel 325|
Cartoon Network is an Indian television channel available on Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel digital TV and other major Indian satellite and cable television providers. Distributed by Turner Broadcasting System (a unit of Time Warner Inc.) specifically for the South Asian region, the channel primarily airs animated shows in four different languages: Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu. It is based on the original American version of the channel and started airing on 1 May 1995 as the first kids channel in India.
Cartoon Network started broadcast in India in 1995 as a dual-channel with Cartoon Network initially operating from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Turner Classic Movies (formerly TNT) taking up the remainder of the daily schedule. Later the time slice of Cartoon Network was increased up to 9 p.m. On 1 July 2001, Cartoon Network India became a separate 24-hour channel which broadcasts in India, Nepal, Bhutan.
In 2004, a separate feed of the channel dedicated to Pakistani and Bangladeshi viewers was started. Programmes broadcast on this feed are different from the Indian feed. It has a translation in some areas. The channel was basically a relay version of Cartoon Network India in the start which is not the case now. Cartoon Network India is the only channel which aired the English dubbed version of Heidi in 2001. This show has not premiered on any other Cartoon Network channel worldwide
The channel first broadcast on 1 May 1995 as a dual-channel with Cartoon Network operating from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (later 9:00 p.m.) and Turner Classic Movies (formerly TNT) taking up the remainder of the daily schedule. On 1 July 2001, Cartoon Network India became a separate 24-hour channel, with exclusive local feeds for India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
It originally aired only Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as The Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo etc. The channel quickly started to develop though, airing for the first time MGM cartoons (Tom and Jerry, Droopy, and Spike and Tyke) in 1996, and (after Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996) Warner Bros shows (Looney Tunes, and several other Looney Tunes related cartoons) in 1997. In 1998, Cartoon Network started to air its first original shows (Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Moxy Show), however The Moxy Show was soon cancelled.
In 22 August 1999 the channel received a rebrand, introducing new bumpers, new shows and a new 'powerhouse' theme. The new shows for 1999 were its original shows Dexter's Laboratory, Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel, Ed, Edd n' Eddy and Johnny Bravo. The following year, 2000, saw even more Cartoon Network originals being introduced, including The Powerpuff Girls, Mike, Lu & Og and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Some of these shows (Mike, Lu & Og, Ed, Edd n' Eddy and Courage the Cowardly Dog) were not produced by Cartoon Network.
In 2001, the rate of new Cartoon Network originals kept going, with Sheep in the Big City, Time Squad and Samurai Jack being brought in. Due to the large number of Cartoon Network originals that were on Cartoon Network, they decided to name these shows Cartoon Cartoons, which led to the Friday night block Cartoon Cartoon Fridays being introduced to India later in 2001. In 2000, Cartoon Network India aired the English-dubbed version of Heidi, Girl of the Alps. This show has not made its debut on any other channel in English including Cartoon Network worldwide. Also in 2001, Cartoon Network introduced other programming blocks including Toonami, Acme Hour, Prime Time, Boomerang (now a channel as well) and Cartoon Network After Dark. Cartoon Network's Toonami Block aired the American version of the cult Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z for the first time in India in the same year.
2002 saw more Cartoon Cartoons introduced including Grim & Evil, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? and Codename: Kids Next Door. Grim & Evil eventually spun off into two separate series: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne. Justice League and ¡Mucha Lucha! also debuted on Cartoon Network in 2002. In 2003, there were no new Cartoon Network original shows added to the schedule, but there were several new programming blocks and non-Cartoon-Cartoons added. The programming blocks include Boomeraction (currently a block on the channel Boomerang), and Tiny TV (currently a block on Pogo & Boomerang). Shows added to the line-up in 2003 include The Mask: The Animated Series, Pokémon, Digimon, and X-Men: Evolution. In 2004, the channel introduced Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, a completely new programme to debut that year. Programming blocks introduced in 2004 include Fridays and Eyeballs A Go-Go. Also, 2005 was the year that the Boomerang programming block was made into a TV channel which is not available in India.
In 2005, the bumpers were replaced with 3D animations of the 'CN (Cartoon Network) City' that all the Cartoon Network toons lived in. Show-specific bumpers were replaced with 3D animations of a well-known scene from the particular show (e.g., a Dexter's Laboratory bumper would feature Dexter's house, a Powerpuff Girls bumper would feature most likely the PPG household, and so forth). This channel also showed the anime series Beyblade, which got quite poppular. The retro checker board logo was replaced with the new 'CN' city-style logo of today. In 2006, several new Cartoon Network originals premiered, including Robotboy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Camp Lazlo, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, My Gym Partner's a Monkey and Squirrel Boy. The Cartoon Cartoons moniker previously used for Cartoon Network originals was also dropped in 2006.
On August 31, 2008, the format of Cartoon Network's commercials changed. They also changed the name of Cartoon Network Theatre (the movie block of the channel) to Cartoon Network Popcorn with the major visual theme being recurring 'dynamic lines'. Later in 2009, Cartoon Network began to air Dragon Ball, the prequel to Dragon Ball Z, for the first time in India.
On 1 October 2011, at 9am (Indian Standard Time) during The Amazing World of Gumball premiere, Cartoon Network introduced its new branding and logo. Designed by Brand New School, it makes heavy use of the black and white checkerboard motif, as well as CMYK color variations and patterns. The slogan "It's a Fun Thing!" was also introduced.
In its lifespan, the channel has aired a number of popular animated shows mainly from the WB vault and the Cartoon Network Studios. Classic Hanna-Barbera shows like The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Centurions, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, The Yogi Bear Show, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Scooby Doo, Jonny Quest, The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Addams Family, What a Cartoon Show, Wacky Races, Atom Ant, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Tom and Jerry Kids Show are no longer available on Cartoon Network since the launch of the separate TV channel Boomerang. Interestingly, Boomerang is not available in India on most platforms, making these shows along with many other classic greats hard to get.