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Give It Up For The Cartoon Network!

March 27th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Family GuyOn the Cartoon Network, there are so many programs that appeal to just about every type of animation connoisseur. Late nights you can catch re-runs of "Family Guy" or get thugged out and righteous by watching Riley and Huey on "The Boondocks."

Under the umbrella of the Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network is definitely one of the more colorful stations established by media giant Ted Turner. It was created in 1992 and was drawn up as an outlet for classic animations from the Turner Broadcastings film vault such as "Tom & Jerry" and "The Flintstones."

Tom & Jerry

You may be wondering how it's possible that Turner owns such vintage animations well beyond its creation. Back in the '80s, Turner purchased the MGM film library. The acquisition included the older catalog of pre-1948 color Warner Brother cartoons. In 1990 they also acquired the Hanna-Barbara library and most of the Ruby Spears library.

The Ruby Spears animation company was started in Burbank, Calif., by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. The two used to be sound editors for Hanna-Barbara before creating their own company. They created programs such as "Space Ghost," "Thundarr the Barbarian," "The Centurions," the 1988 "Superman" series, the American version of "Mega Man" and "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Currently, these older toons are not seen on Cartoon Network as often or at all. But on their sister station Boomerang it's a different story. In total, there are three spins-offs of the Cartoon Network - Boomerang, Adult Swim and Toonami.

Boomerang, generally seen on satellite providers in the United States, was geared towards baby boomers. Typical programming at the time of its inception included shows like "Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines" and "Jonny Quest." Adult Swim caters to the late-night block on Cartoon Network. Debuting in 2001, it was made for a mature audience that's 18 and over, including syndicated programs such as "Family Guy" and original programs "The Boondocks" and "Robot Chicken." Toonami first aired in 1997 as a block on the Cartoon Network. It's the action station of the three. You can find Japanese anime and American toons there. Shows include "Dragon Ball Z," "Transformers," "Thundercats" and "Superfriends."

Dragon Ball Z

In 1996, Turner Broadcasting merged with Time Warner. The merger opened up a new arena for what Cartoon Network could do next. They finally had rights to air WB cartoons post 1948. In addition to older toons like "Looney Tunes," newer toons like the "Justice League" and "Batman Beyond" made a presence. The synergy also made the station an exclusive outlet for Pokemon. Cartoon Network is a staple in homes across America. Not only is it a treat for young children and teens, but it's also a gem for nerdy and eclectic individuals.

Justice League

Story by Seneca “The Beast” Doss
Starpulse contributing writer


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