Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A look at Cartoon Network

 Before I go back to me posting about my end of year film I want to take  to look over one more animation company, for this post I want to discuss a company which I pretty much grew up on watching day in day out, which is Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network launched in 1992 with a 8500 hour cartoon library showing cartoons such Looney Tunes, Merrie melodies, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Scooby Doo and much more.

The idea of creating a channel which showed nothing but cartoons for 24 hours was a risky choice but in 1994 it became the 5th most popular cable channel in the United States.
In 1994 Cartoon Network Studio was created and immediately the studio started production on a show called "What a Cartoon!". The show gave animators the opportunity to create animated shorts where they had full control, high budgets and no limitations to the animation. This worked in favour for both the animators and the studio alike, (the animators could be creative and show they ideas and the studio and show them and find out what the audience liked and make more shows like it).

The first short to get it's on series this way was Dexter's Laboratory (a show about a boy genius who's inventions would get destroyed by his sister Dee Dee).

Others show where then soon to follow such as
Johnny Bravo, Cow And Chicken, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Powerpuff Girls and more.

In early 2000 Cartoon Network created the channel "Boomerang" which showed shorts from 1980's and earlier. the next year three new series premièred which where Time Squad, Grim & Evil and Samuria Jack (winning many awards).

It was around this time where audience for the shows produced by Cartoon Network wasn't strictly young children but also older audience. Through the years to follows to now, a lot of shows produced by Cartoon Network Studios are aimed at audience of all ages such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Over the Garden Wall and more.