Agro's Cartoon Connection

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Agro's Cartoon Connection
GenreChildren's Variety
Presented byAgro
Ann-Maree Biggar (1989-1994)
Terasa Livingstone (1995-1997)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
Production
Production location(s)Brisbane, Queensland (1989-1996)
Sydney, New South Wales (1997)
Running time90 minutes
Release
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format4:3 PAL
Audio formatStereo
Original release23 January 1989 – 19 December 1997
Chronology
Followed byThe Big Breakfast

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.

History[edit]

Over the years the show had a number of co-hosts including Ann-Maree Biggar, Terasa Livingstone, Holly Brisley, Michael R Gibson (who was known to the audience by the nickname "Gibbo") and guest hosts Ian Calder and Stacey Thomson.

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 The 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 Popeye and Son, 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, The Bots Master, 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 humor 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 criticised 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, Seven 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.

Cast[edit]

Name Role Duration
Jamie Dunn Agro/Host 1989–1997
Ann-Maree Biggar Co-host 1989–1995
Terasa Livingstone Reporter 1994–1995
Co-host 1995–1997
Holly Brisley Reporter 1995–1997
Ian Calder Various characters 1989–1995
Crikey The Clown 1991–1997
Michael R Gibson Gibbo 1989–1997
Stacey Thomson Ranger Stacey 1989–1997
Brad Hills Reporter 1997

Awards[edit]

The show received 7 consecutive Logie Awards for Most Popular Children's Program from 1991 to 1997.

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