Cartoon Network Celebrates 20 Years
This October, the world’s first 24-hour, all-animation cable network will celebrate its first 20 years by hosting CARTOON NETWORK’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, an on-air and online birthday tribute created especially for kids and kids-at-heart who’ve grown up with the wildly fun and outrageous network since its launch in 1992. Launching on Oct. 1, 1992 within just two million U.S. homes, Cartoon Network has since grown to become the #1 television network among boys 6-11, and is currently seen in over 175 countries and in more than 360 million households worldwide.
Saluting both its vast library of classic animation as well as its current crop of top-rated hits, on October 1, Cartoon Network will launch its milestone birthday celebration by replacing its regular programming line-up with a full day of birthday-themed episodes from such beloved classics as The Looney Tunes, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory alongside more contemporary hit series including Adventure Time, Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball. The day-long event will also include a world television premiere of an original music video presented at 6:58 p.m. (ET/PT) as a tribute to Cartoon Network’s creative achievement over its first 20 years; and then viewers will be treated in prime time to the milestone 100th episode of Adventure Time (7:30 p.m.) and the much-anticipated Season 4 premiere of Regular Show (8 p.m.).
CARTOON NETWORK’S BIRTHDAY PARTY will continue each weekend in October as well, presenting select classic theatrical shorts and network series episodes spotlighting the top six finalists among creatively-themed categories that viewers can enjoy and review before logging on to CartoonNetwork.com to vote for their all-time favorite picks. This 20th Birthday celebration will culminate on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4, with an afternoon on-air tribute announcing the fan-selected winners of each category, bringing a fitting crescendo to the birthday festivities.
“Across our 20 year history, Cartoon Network has always surprised and entertained its audiences with funny and unique content that can only happen on Cartoon Network,” said Cartoon Network President and Chief Operating Officer Stuart Snyder. “We started with the foundation of a programming library of classic animated shows and characters, but have since grown to produce dozens of innovative, original new characters and award-winning series, movies and specials. We’ve quite a lot to celebrate and we wouldn’t want to do it without actively involving the fans that got us to where we are today!”
Birthday Party Episodes All Day on Oct. 1
The Oct. 1 birthday tribute will kick off at 6 a.m. ET/PT with a selection of birthday-themed theatrical shorts and series episodes starring many of the immortal Looney Tunes characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester & Tweety and others. Immediately following, Cartoon Network’s latest cast of original characters—Mordecai & Rigby from Regular Show, Finn & Jake from Adventure Time, Gumball & Darwin from The Amazing World of Gumball—take the stage with an equally hilarious, if more modern look at “birthdays gone awry.” Later in the day, contemporary classics from Cartoon Network’s rich history of originals—The Powerpuff Girls, Kids Next Door, Dexter’s Laboratory, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Flapjack and My Gym Partner’s a Monkey—join the 20th Birthday on-air revelry.
Highlights of the Oct. 1 all-birthday-themed line-up include the following: