Cartoon Network is a cable channel created by Turner Broadcasting System in 1992. Since March 4, 2019, the channel is part of Warner Bros., following the redistribution of Turner's assets to other subsidiaries within WarnerMedia, the parent company.
Initially created following the Turner company's purchase of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library, the network also housed the color Looney Tunes shorts produced before 1948, which were under Turner's ownership at the time (these shorts were also being shown on fellow Turner-owned channels TNT and TBS).
Cartoon Network has international stations globally. These other stations show different programming fit towards the popularity with audiences.
In 2000, Cartoon Network/Turner launched Boomerang USA. This led to the creation of more Boomerang channels globally.
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Reruns of Looney Tunes
In 1996, as a result of Warner Bros. merging with Turner Entertainment, Cartoon Network was allowed to show more Warner Bros. cartoons. However, since most of the post-1948 Looney Tunes cartoons were still under contract to be shown on Nickelodeon and ABC, Cartoon Network would not be able to show them until September 1999 (Nickelodeon) and October 2000 (ABC) . However, the ones that aired on Kids' WB! had started airing on Cartoon Network in January 1997. In 2002, airings of classic Looney Tunes shorts on Cartoon Network changed from The Bugs n' Daffy Show to The Looney Tunes Show (not to be confused with the 2011 series of the same name). However, Bugs and Daffy still aired until 2004 but mostly during watershed hours. They could also be seen on The Acme Hour, Late Night Black & White (Black and White shorts only), The Chuck Jones Show (Chuck Jones directed shorts only) and The Bob Clampett Show (Bob Clampett directed shorts only). Shorts shown on Late Night Black & White, late night showings of The Acme Hour and The Bob Clampett Show tended to have much less censorship than the shorts shown on the other anthology series earlier in the day with the latter being completely uncut and was later reran on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's adult-oriented block, at the tail end of the block.
In the meantime, reruns of Taz-Mania appeared on Cartoon Network in late 1996 and Freakazoid! joined the lineup in 1997. In the same year, a marathon of Animaniacs was shown but the program didn't join regular schedule until August 1998, when the first 45 episodes of Animaniacs were shown on Cartoon Network (the other 54 episodes remained with Kids' WB! for the 1998-1999 season and were carried over to Cartoon Network in 1999, though they didn't leave Kids' WB! until 2000), and Tiny Toon Adventures joined it in September 1999. However, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs were eventually removed from the channel's schedule by 2001 as they moved to Nickelodeon (in Tiny Toons case, back to Nickelodeon). Taz-Mania and Freakazoid! were removed from the channel's schedule by 2003. However, in 2002, Cartoon Network picked up reruns of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and ran them until 2005 and then again from 2009-2010 and once more in 2015 also bringing them to Boomerang for the first time. They also ran the unaired final episodes of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries.
Duck Dodgers premiered August 23, 2003, and a few days later Baby Looney Tunes moved to Cartoon Network exclusively (Baby Looney Tunes this channel start airing in October 2002 (Along with The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries). Only Season 1 showed new episodes on the channel Kids' WB! This season the channel showed that reruns and new episodes after Kids' WB! channel. Season 2 now airing new episodes in this channel).
When Boomerang was launched as a separate cable channel in 2000, the Looney Tunes shorts were shown on the network until 2007, where they were dropped from Boomerang's daily line-up and would not return to the schedule until October 2013.
As a result of the network's reface in June 2004 and the commercial failure of Looney Tunes: Back in Action, the Looney Tunes shorts were dropped from Cartoon Network's regular schedule altogether in October of that year, though Duck Dodgers remained until 2007 (Starting on August 29, 2005, Boomerang reran the series until March 26, 2010) and Baby Looney Tunes remained until 2010 (Boomerang started airing reruns on the same day as Duck Dodgers and it is still airing as of July 1, 2019). However, Bah, HumDuck! A Looney Tunes Christmas has aired every December since its release as part of the channel's Christmas marathons. Also, Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales and Tweety's High-Flying Adventure are still aired occasionally and Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special was also aired on the network for the first time in October of 2009.
The channel had aired a New Year's marathon on January 1, 2009, and they finally brought the Looney Tunes shorts back to their regular schedule in November 2009, only to drop them again in January 2010. The shorts returned to the network again on March 25, 2011, only to be dropped once more.
The Looney Tunes Show premiered on the channel in May 2011. Midway through 2013, Cartoon Network returned to showing Looney Tunes shorts daily and also returned them to its sister channel Boomerang in October 2013 after a six-year hiatus. Baby Looney Tunes returned for reruns in 2015 as promotion for the Uncle Grandpa episode "Uncle Grandpa Babies" before getting a regular early morning slot as well.
Both shows were dropped in early 2016 along with New Looney Tunes. The Looney Tunes shorts returned to the schedule in September 2017 only to be dropped a week later, in order to make way for more Cartoon Network kid-related originals like Gumball, Craig of the Creek, Summer Camp Island, and others as well as newer shows by Warner Bros. Animation such as Teen Titans Go! and Unikitty. They were moved to Boomerang and its streaming service. However, New Looney Tunes reruns came back briefly in 2019 on Cartoon Network before being removed again.
Looney Shows on Cartoon Network
- Looney Tunes (1992–2004; 2009–2010; 2011-2016; 2017)
- Taz-Mania (1996–2003)
- Freakazoid! (1997–2003)
- Animaniacs (1997; 1998–2001)
- Tiny Toon Adventures (1999–2001)
- The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (2002–2005; 2009-2010; 2015)
- Baby Looney Tunes (2002–2006), reruns (2006-2010; 2015-2016)
- Duck Dodgers (2003-2005), reruns (2005-2007)
- The Looney Tunes Show (2011-2014), reruns (2014-2015)
- New Looney Tunes (2015-2016), reruns (2019)
- Tiny Toons Looniversity (2021)
- Tom Kenny voices the Mayor, Talking Dog, an Amodea Boy, Mitch Mitchelson and the narrator on the Powerpuff Girls, Yani the Yanitor in Dexter's Laboratory, Snailboy in Cow and Chicken, Eduardo in Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Scoutmaster Lumpus and Slinkman in Camp Lazlo and Ice King and Gunter in Adventure Time and Sumo in Clarence.
- Kath Soucie voices Dexter's Mom, Agent Honeydew, LeeLee and Ponypuff Princess in Dexter's Laboratory and Bubbles in What-A-Cartoon Powerpuff Girls pilots.
- Frank Welker voices Monkey in Dexter's Laboratory.
- Tara Strong voices Bubbles in the Powerpuff Girls, Ben in Ben 10, Terence in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Truffles in Chowder.
- Jeff Bennett voices Dexter's Dad on Dexter's Laboratory, the titular Johnny Bravo, Ace, Big Billy, Grubber, Major Man, and Professor Dick Hardley on The Powerpuff Girls, Drix on Ozzy and Drix, Mr. Boss and Mr. Fizz on Codename: Kids Next Door, Raj, Samson, Commander Hoo-Ha, and Walrus on Camp Lazlo, Azmuth in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Bloppy Pants and Bendy on Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.
- Maurice LaMarche voices Father in Codename:Kids Next Door.
- June Foray voiced Madame Argentina in the Powerpuff Girls.
- Candi Milo voices Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory (replacing Christine Cavanaugh), Madame Foster, Coco, Cheese, and Crackers in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Mom in Cow and Chicken.
- Charlie Adler voices Cow, Chicken, Red Guy, I.R. Baboon and Cousin Boneless Chicken in Cow and Chicken and the spin-off, I Am Weasel, and Snowman and Libbermouth in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
- Cree Summer is the voice of Abigail Lincoln (AKA Numbuh Five), Cree Lincoln, and The Delightful Children from Down the Lane on Codename: Kids Next Door, Frightwig in Ben 10 and Ben 10: Omniverse and The Cave Witch on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
- Rob Paulsen voices Major Glory in Dexter's Laboratory, an Amodea Boy, Brick and Boomer in the Powerpuff Girls, and Buck Tudrussel in Time Squad.
- Dan Castellaneta voices Earl in Cow and Chicken.
- Jim Cummings voices Fuzzy Lumpkins in the Powerpuff Girls.