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    '''Cartoon Network''' is a cable television network created by Turner Broadcasting which primarily shows animated programming. The original American channel began broadcasting on October 1, 1992 with the [[Bugs Bunny]] short Rhapsody Rabbit being its first-ever aired program. Cartoon Network originally served as a 24-hour outlet for classic animation properties from the Turner Broadcasting libraries. Cartoon Network is mainly youth-oriented, but shares channel space with a late-night adult-oriented channel skein called [[Adult Swim]]. In October 2008, Cartoon Network began running a West Coast feed, with programming airing three hours after it airs on the main feed. Since 2005, Cartoon Network began airing more live-action programming, mostly being movies.

    == History ==
    By the end of the 1980s, Ted Turner's cable-TV conglomerate had acquired the MGM film library (which included the older catalog of pre-1948 color Warner Bros. cartoons), and its cable channel Turner Network Television had gained an audience with its film library.
    In 1990, it purchased animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions and acquired its large library as well as most of the Ruby-Spears library. Cartoon Network was created as an outlet for Turner's considerable library of animation, and the initial programming on the channel consisted exclusively of reruns of classic Warner Bros. (like [[Looney Tunes]] and Merrie Melodies), MGM (like [[Tom and Jerry]] and Droopy Dog), and Hanna-Barbera cartoons (like The Jetsons and The Flintstones), with many Hanna-Barbera TV cartoons like Wally Gator used as time fillers. Most of the short cartoons were aired in half-hour or hour-long packages, usually separated by character or studio?Down With Droopy D aired old Droopy Dog shorts, The Tom and Jerry Show presented the classic cat-and-mouse team, and Bugs and Daffy Tonight provided classic Looney Tunes shorts. The majority of the classic animation that was shown on Cartoon Network no longer airs, with the exception of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, [[Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?]], The New Scooby-Doo Movies and Tom and Jerry.

    Hanna-Barbera started production on The What-A-Cartoon! Show (also known as World-Premiere Toons and "What-A-Cartoon"), a series of creator-driven short cartoons that premiered on Cartoon Network in 1995. It was the network's third original series (the second was [[Space Ghost: Coast to Coast]] and the first was The Moxy Show). The project was spearheaded by several Cartoon Network executives, plus Fred Seibert (who was formerly one of the driving forces behind the Nicktoons, and would go on to produce the similar animation anthology series Oh, Yeah! Cartoons). The chief purpose of The What A Cartoon Show was to help Cartoon Network expand their library of exclusive programming and it introduced a number of new cartoon ideas. Only seven of them, however, were spun off into their own series runs. These seven series; [[Dexter's Laboratory]], [[Johnny Bravo]], [[Cow and Chicken]], [[I Am Weasel]], [[The Powerpuff Girls]], [[Courage the Cowardly Dog]], [[Ed, Edd n Eddy]], and [[Mike, Lu & Og]] became the origins of the network's original cartoons, collectively known as [[Cartoon Cartoons]].

    ===Enter Time Warner===
    In 1996, the merger of Turner with Time Warner was complete. This consolidated ownership of all the WB cartoons, so now post-1948 releases were being shown on the network, leading up to a 2000 announcement that Cartoon Network would be the exclusive TV home of the classic Warner Bros. animated library. Newer animated productions by WB also started appearing on the network - mostly reruns of shows that had aired on [[Kids' WB]], plus certain new programs such as Justice League.
    In 2006, CN and sister channel [[Boomerang]] became the exclusive US outlet for the [[Pokémon]] anime - reruns and first-run, the latter hithereto appearing on Kids' WB, and the former off and on since 2002.

    ===Cartoon Network's 10th anniversary===

    On October 1, 2002, Cartoon Network's 10th birthday, Cartoon Network aired a one-day special bumper acknowledging their 10th anniversary. The promo showed quick clips from shows, bumpers, and promos throughout Cartoon Network's history.

    ===A New Era===
    On June 14, 2004, Cartoon Network relaunched itself with a new logo and slogan, ?This is Cartoon Network.? The first program ever aired on the relaunched Cartoon Network was Rescue Heroes. The bumps now featured 2D cartoon characters from their shows interacting in a CGI city composed of sets from their shows. By now, nearly all of Cartoon Network's classic cartoon programming had been replaced by new programming, with the exception of a select few, such as Tom and Jerry, a longtime staple of the Turner networks. Within a few months, the network took off more shows from the 1990s (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, etc.) and put them on a 30 minute block called The Cartoon Cartoon Show. Some shows like Time Squad, Mike, Lu and Og, I Am Weasel and Sheep in the Big City were taken off the network completely.

    ===Cartoon Network Today===
    Currently, Cartoon Network's slogan is "Funny For Your Face". In the summer of 2006, Cartoon Network's slogan was a simplistic ?Cartoon Network - Yes!,? as spoken by Fred Fredburger, a character on [[The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy]]. Before then, the network's original slogan, "the best place for cartoons", had remained the network's slogan for nearly five years. The network also used bumps featuring the cast of [[Camp Lazlo]] as stick puppets and characters in front of a red background.
    The new campaign featured three different styles of bumps. The first style is "Lunchbox of Doom", featuring an assortment of show clips inside a CGI gothic lunchbox, a reference to an episode of the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. The second is "VS.", comparing two cartoon characters. The last style is a reprise of the CGI City look, using flat, dark colors.
    As of 2007, Cartoon Network retained the image campaign that began in 2006, although a slightly refreshed version of the theme is currently in use. On October 15, 2007, the channel began broadcasting in 1080i High Definition. Starting in Fall of 2007, the network look was revamped, and bumpers and station identification were themed to The Hives song "Fall is Just Something That Grown-Ups Invented", and aired for several months. Another bumper named "Ridiculously Short Cartoons" airs excerpts from shows on Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network announced at it's 2008 Upfront that it is working on a new project called "[[Cartoonstitute]]", which is headed by animators Craig McCracken (as executive producer) and Rob Renzetti (as supervising producer). Both report to Rob Scorcher, who created the idea. The program will work in a way similar to What A Cartoon!, by creating at least 150 pieces of animation within 20 months.

    Beginning May 25, 2008, Cartoon Network has been airing animated shorts, called Wedgies, to fill in spots between two programs.

    On July 14, 2008, the network took on a brand new look created by Tristan Eaton and Kidrobot. The background is white, and uses white, faceless characters resembling bowling pins which are based on the blank, do-it-yourself vinyl toys called Munny which Kidrobot creates. The character would often resolve into a Cartoon Network character, such as Chowder or Flapjack, or another color, keeping the same basic shape. Various commercial parodies were aired, also using Cartoon Network characters. From July 2008 to the start of October, Greg Cipes, Kevin's voice actor in Ben 10: Alien Force became the network's announcer. The programming blocks also were changed to fit in with this new look, with different Munny dolls (or a rainbow of color for Har Har Tharsdays) being used.

    == Programming ==
    Cartoon Network's initial programming was comprised of series and shorts from the Turner libraries, including Tom and Jerry, Droopy, MGM, Popeye, and pre-1948 Looney Tunes shorts and television shows from Hanna-Barbera Productions. After Turner's merger with Time Warner in 1995, Cartoon Network aired Looney Tunes shorts made after 1948 and numerous recent productions from the studios, including [[Taz-Mania]], [[Animaniacs]], [[Tiny Toon Adventures]], and [[Batman: The Animated Series]]. Since 1994, Cartoon Network has been producing original programming, including [[Space Ghost Coast to Coast]], [[Dexter's Laboratory]], [[The Powerpuff Girls]], [[Ed, Edd, & Eddy]], [[The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy]], [[Samurai Jack]], [[Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends]], [[Justice League]], [[Ben 10]], and [[Chowder]]. Future programs include [[The Secret Saturdays]] and [[The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack]].

    In 1997, Cartoon Network premiered [[Toonami]], an afternoon action block that helped generate interest in the network over the years. Toonami has housed many of Cartoon Network's highest-rated programs, including [[Dragonball Z]] and [[Naruto]]. Toonami ended it's long run on September 20, 2008, leaving [[Naruto]] as the only anime on the network.

    In 2005, Cartoon Network began airing live-action films, including Batman, The Goonies, Small Soldiers, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dumb and Dumber, Jumanji, and Snow Day, the latter of which was the first time a [[Nickelodeon]] logo was seen on Cartoon Network. In 2006, Cartoon Network presented its first original live-action movie, [[Out of Jimmy's Head|Re-Animated]], which spawned a live-action spinoff, [[Out of Jimmy's Head]] a year later.

    Cartoon Network shares programming space with Adult Swim, an adult-oriented programming block that launched in September 2001. Adult airs from 11 PM to 6 AM E/P Mondays through Saturdays and 10 PM to 6 AM on Sundays.

    [[Category:Cartoon Network]]
    [[Category:Adult Swim]]
    [[Category:Animation outlets]]

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