Cartoon Network (Australia and New Zealand)

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Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network 2010 logo.svg
Cartoon Network's logo, since October 1, 2011.
Launched 3 October 1995; 21 years ago (3 October 1995)
Owned by Turner International Australia
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Slogan New New New New
Country Australia, New Zealand
Language English
Broadcast area Australia, New Zealand
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales
Sister channel(s) Boomerang
CNN International
Turner Classic Movies
Website cartoonnetwork.com.au
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel Channel 713
SKY Network Television (NZ) Channel 102
Cable
Optus TV Channel 713
Foxtel Channel 713
Vodafone TV (NZ) Channel 102
Neighbourhood Cable Channel 13
TransACT Channel 203
IPTV
Fetch TV Channel 155
Foxtel Now Channel 713
Streaming media
Foxtel App Channel 713

Cartoon Network Australia and New Zealand is an Australian cable and satellite television channel created by Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner which primarily shows animated programming, It was launched on 3 October 1995.

The Australian version is available on Pay TV networks Foxtel and Optus on 3 October 1995. It is also on 3 as a part of its new mobile TV service for $4 a month although this feed is merely a heavily repeated media stream of Cartoon Network's best shows.[1] Telstra also broadcasts Cartoon Network on mobile service, though this is the same feed as seen on Foxtel. Neighbourhood Cable broadcasts the network in yet another feed in regional Victoria. SKY Network Television has broadcast the network in New Zealand, on 1 January 1997 originally during the day on SKY UHF preset channel 7 with Orange (later SKY 1, and now The Box) broadcasting during the evenings. The Cartoon Network became a separate 24-hour channel in New Zealand in 1998 when the SKY Digital service was launched.[2] Cartoon Network Australia and Asia adopted the 24/7 broadcasting hours earlier on 1 July 1997.

History[edit]

Cartoon Network started its broadcast in Australia in 1995 as the dual-channel TNT & Cartoon Network as part of the Foxtel cable TV launch, operating from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Turner Classic Movies (formerly TNT) taking the remainder of the daily schedule. On 1 July 2001, Cartoon Network Australia became a separate 24-hour channel, with exclusive local feeds for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle, Darwin, etc. It originally aired only Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Flintstones etc. The channel quickly started to develop though, airing for the first time MGM cartoons (Tom and Jerry, Droopy, and Spike and Tyke) on 1 January 1996, and (after Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996) Warner Bros. shows (Looney Tunes, and several other Looney Tunes related cartoons) on 1 January 1997. In Mid-1997, Cartoon Network started to air its first original shows (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Dexter's Laboratory and The Moxy Show), however The Moxy Show was soon cancelled. On 22 August 1999, Cartoon Network introduced a new rebrand, introducing new bumpers, new shows and a new 'powerhouse' theme.

In April 2004, the channel was added to TransTV.[3] In addition, Cartoon Network for a brief period would show segments of kids getting prizes during the holidays but this was axed from poor viewer response. Cartoon Network had, up until mid-2004, been tied with the Disney Channel as Australia's most popular family network. The removal of older programming from the network during this period led to a fall in average audience share during 2004 as fans of older cartoons moved to Boomerang. Cartoon Network had slipped to second spot among Australian family networks behind the Disney Channel.[4]

In February 2008, Adult Swim relaunched on The Comedy Channel airing shows such as Robot Chicken and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. The network transitioned to a widescreen format presentation on 30 November 2010, ahead of a deadline by Foxtel to do so.

On February 7, 2017, Cartoon Network Australia announced an exclusive Video On-Demand content deal with streaming service - Stan. As part of the deal, episodes from some shows such as Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls will premiere on Stan at the same time as the Cartoon Network Australia channel.[5]

Programming[edit]

Current original programming[edit]

Acquired programming[edit]

Rerun programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]

Program blocks[edit]

Former[edit]

Cartoon Cartoon Fridays (2001 - 2004)[edit]

Cartoon Cartoon Fridays originally began in 2001 as a two-and-a-half hour-long block from 6:30PM to 9:00PM centred around the Cartoon Cartoon family of CN cartoons. Every week between 2001 and 2003 it would be hosted by a different CC character, and would be composed of three segments - a random assortment of Cartoon Cartoon cartoons; .Com Pick, where the show to be aired was voted for on CN's website; and Premiere Premiere, where a new episode of a Cartoon Cartoon cartoon was shown. From 2003 until February 2004 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays' runtime was cut down to one-and-a-half hours from 7:00PM to 8:30PM, wherein each segment had a runtime of 30 minutes, and the random assortment of cartoons was replaced with a feature cartoon. After this the block was discontinued, its timeslot replaced by Megatoon Movie until later in May when Fridays was introduced to take its place.

Acme Hour (2001 - 2003)[edit]

Acme Hour was a Cartoon Network programming block that started in March, 2001. It was an hour-long compilation of Tom & Jerry, Popeye and Looney Tunes cartoon shorts. The block's schedule remained unchanged before coming to an end in May, 2003. It aired weekdays from 2pm - 3pm and held that timeslot for three years.

Cartoon Network After Dark (2001 - 2002)[edit]

Cartoon Network After Dark was a programming block which started on Cartoon Network in August 2001, and lasted up until March 2002. It kept the same timeslot for the 7 months it went to air, 9pm - 12am weekdays. The name 'Cartoon Network After Dark' was shortened to just 'After Dark' in December 2001.

Cartoon Cartoons Summer (2001)[edit]

December 2001

Cartoon Network's Cool Pool Party (2002)[edit]

December 2002

Eyeballs A Go-Go (2003)[edit]

December 2003

Toon-O-Scope (2004)[edit]

During 2004, in every Zodiac period a character was assigned to that period and for the duration of the block which would air Fridays at 6:30PM the corresponding show was aired. For example, Billy from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy was a Sagittarius, and Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls was an Aries.

Megatoon Movies (2004)[edit]

Megatoon Movies was Cartoon Network Australia's first dedicated movie block, running for only approximately 3 months from February to May 2004 before being replaced by Fridays in its timeslot and Cartoon Network Theatre in its function. Megatoon Movies would showcase movies ranging from Cartoon Network originals to other animated films.

Miguzi (2004 - 2006)[edit]

The latest the Wayback Machine has recorded Miguzi on the CNA website has been June 13 2006.

Fridays and Fridays Flick(2004 - 2008)[edit]

Initially, Fridays' programming was not too dissimilar with the preceding Cartoon Cartoon Fridays: it ran from 7:00PM to 8:30PM, and the segments followed: .Com Pick; Fridays Premiere (the same as Premiere Premiere); and an episode of a Cartoon Cartoon cartoon. This changed however in 2005 when Fridays was moved into the 4:00PM - 6:00PM timeslot, and replaced its final segment with Double Play, which played double episodes back-to-back of a Cartoon Network cartoon (not just Cartoon Cartoon cartoons). Fridays Flick was aired on an unknown timeslot and served as the successor to Cartoon Network Theatre. It was discontinued in February 2008 to make way for the All New Show Show, and with the format change on August 31st 2008 to the New Wave era, Fridays Flick was discontinued in favour of Cartoon Network Popcorn.

Cartoon Network Theatre (2004 - ?)[edit]

The successor to Megatoon Movies. It was discontinued at an unknown date in favour of Fridays Flick.

Eyeballs 2 (2004)[edit]

December 2004

Holidaze (2005)[edit]

December 2005

Cartoon Network's Out of the Cage (2006)[edit]

December 2006

Chunkiest Holiday Toons (2007)[edit]

December 2007

120% Cartoon Network (2008)[edit]

A 2-hour long block for cartoons without advertisements from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Previously one cartoon per block was aired during each airing, however it was later adapted to air 6 episodes. On Foxtel each episode was lumped into the same 120% CN TV listing.

The All New Show Show and It's Your Show Show(2008 - 2009)[edit]

The All New Show Show was a block that was hosted by Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Every Monday night from 5:00PM to 6:00PM Bloo would showcase a new episode of a show chosen every few weeks. It's Your Show Show would take up the first half-hour of the block, and served as the successor to Fridays' .Com Pick segment where the show to be played during that block was voted for on the CN website. The All New Show Show would take up the latter half of the block. The block was axed in August 2009, possibly due to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends' final episode, "Goodbye to Bloo" being aired 3 months prior. The timeslot was filled in by Big 5 at 5.

Cartoon Network Neurology (2008)[edit]

A short-lived morning cartoon block from May 2008 that played weekday mornings from 7:00AM.

Cartoon Network Popcorn (2008 - 2013)[edit]

Cartoon Network Popcorn originally aired every Friday at 6:00 PM, and encored on Saturdays at 10:30PM and 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 12:30 PM. CNP showcased movies ranging from Cartoon Network originals to other animated films. With the rebranding to the It's a Fun Thing! era on October 1st 2011 Cartoon Network Popcorn as a block was discontinued before being revived in 2012 and again in 2013 as Carton Network Popcorn Cinema, where CN offered airings of cartoons such as Adventure Time, Regular Show and Gumball at certain Hoyts, Village, and Event Cinemas locations. The cartoons were distributed by Fourth Wall Distribution during CNPC's lifespan.

Cartoon Network Iceblock (2008, 2009, 2010)[edit]

June 2008, 2009, 2010

Big 5 at 5 (2009 - ?)[edit]

Big 5 at 5 replaced The All New Show Show with an alternate airing schedule. Rather than air one cartoon's new episode every week, each weekday at 5pm showed a new episode based on the weekday it aired on. Mondays aired Chowder; Tuesdays aired Batman: The Brave and the Bold; Wednesdays aired Bakugan Battle Brawlers; Thurdays aired The Secret Saturdays; and Fridays aired Johnny Test.

Cartoon Network Sunblock and Sunblock Summer (2009)[edit]

December 2009 A summer-exclusive block that would run for 7 hours.

Har Har Harlidays (2010)[edit]

A block that played during the summer holidays of 2010 (December - January).

Good Morning Scooby (2011 - ?)[edit]

A Saturday morning cartoon block hosted by characters Scoody Doo and Shaggy from What's New, Scooby Doo?

Pokémania 5[edit]

Happy 8 O'clock[edit]

Alien Network[edit]

A temporary rebranding of Cartoon Network every Saturday where back-to-back episodes of Ben 10 and related spin-off series would play.

Camp Kidney's Bean Scout Jamboree[edit]

A weekend-long block dedicated to Camp Lazlo.

Super Fun Saturdays[edit]

A Saturday morning block dedicated to original CN programming.

Laughternoons[edit]

Laughternoons is a program block that provides mainly comedy and cartoon shows, examples include Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa. It is only on the channel during School Weeks of the Year.

List of Programs

Tiny TV[edit]

A mini-block dedicated to cartoons for smaller children, similar to Nick Jr.

List of previous programs

Toonami (2001 - 2006)[edit]

Toonami was started on 7 July 2001 as an anime-dedicated programming block. It was axed on 4 August 2006.

Toonami was launched on Cartoon Network Australia on 7 July 2001[15] as an outlet for action animation. Most of its lineup consisted of anime, including already popular shows such as Dragon Ball Z, as well as the Australian premiere of Cardcaptors and exclusives such as Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and YuYu Hakusho. Occasionally it also broadcast action cartoons from the United States such as Batman Beyond.[citation needed]

On its launch, Toonami broadcast on Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Each day's programming was repeated in the Toonami "Late Run" from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am. Toonami soon expanded to weekdays, and for a number of years could be seen seven days a week. Although time-slots varied, the main Toonami block remained on weekday afternoons; in 2005 it was airing weeknights from 6.00pm, with mini-marathons playing on Saturday and Sunday mornings.[citation needed]

On 4 August 2006, Toonami was dropped from the Cartoon Network schedule. Former Toonami programming, and new programming that would have previously gone to Toonami is now spread out across the network's other time-slots.

Adult Swim (2005 - 2007)[edit]

A time block suited for mature audience, targeting adults at least 17 years old and above. The anime block aired from Monday to Thursday and started at 10:00pm and ended at 12:00am. The comedy block aired on Fridays and Saturdays and started at 10:30 pm and ended at 12:00 am with an encore till 1:30. Before the block was ceased Squidbillies also premiered with a special disclaimer about the content, as did most of the anime.

Prior to its removal for strategic reasons, the Australian feed was one in the Asia-Pacific region to have this block. This block is currently shown on The Comedy Channel with Harvey Birdman and Aqua Teen Hunger Force as well as the premiere of Robot Chicken and Moral Orel. Most of the anime that previously aired on Adult Swim now air on the Sci Fi Channel with its own anime block.

In June 2016, The Nine Network and Turner Broadcasting System signed a 2-year deal to broadcast Adult Swim programs on 9Go! every Sunday night, with repeats the following Saturday night. Starting September 1, 2016, Rick and Morty aired on Thursday nights, separate to the regular Adult Swim block.[16]

Madman Entertainment has also been releasing Adult Swim DVD in region 4 starting with Aqua Teen, Harvey Birdman and Robot Chicken in 2007. It has since released most volumes of every series that has a DVD, including future releases.[17]

Boomerang[edit]

Prior becoming a standalone channel in March 2004, Boomerang was its own block dedicated to older Hanna Barbara cartoons.

Sister channels[edit]

Boomerang[edit]

As mentioned previously, Cartoon Network's sister TV channel Boomerang was originally a Cartoon Network block for the lesser-known Hanna-Barbera classic cartoons that didn't already have regular half-hour slots. It began in April 2001 as a morning block airing at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, but in August 2001 also aired as an hour-long mini-block in Cartoon Network After Dark. The shows on Boomerang changed randomly every week, for both the morning and the evening block. The Boomerang blocks had bumpers which featured children's toys of characters in Hanna-Barbera cartoons coming to life, identical to the Boomerang bumpers used in the United States. These bumpers were sometimes also used on the TV channel. The evening block last aired in March 2002, and the morning block last aired in September 2004. However late-night airings of Boomerang on Cartoon Network continued until early 2005, when the Boomerang channel received a face-lift. In late 2012, it received the looks of Boomerang (UK & Ireland)

Logos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3 Mobile offers Cartoon Network". Archived from the original on 14 April 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2006. 
  2. ^ "SKY Network Television offers Cartoon Network". Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "TransACT to offer more free, pay-television channels". Canberra Times. 13 April 2004. p. 5. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 28 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network Australia Signs Deal With Stan VOD Service". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News Blog. Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific (Press Release). 
  6. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050615025454/http://cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/default.asp
  7. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050818085955/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule2.asp
  8. ^ http://cnschedules.blogspot.com/2009/05/
  9. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050615025454/http://cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/default.asp
  10. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050615115205/http://cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule2.asp
  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20051128004741/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule2.asp?
  12. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050818085955/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule2.asp
  13. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050818085955/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule2.asp
  14. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050818085955/http://www.cartoonnetwork.com.au/asp/tv/schedule2.asp
  15. ^ NEWS
  16. ^ "9Go! Guide Week of August 28" (PDF). tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  17. ^ Adult Swim

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