Growing up, Cartoon Network (CN) was one of the go-to entertainment channels, especially for kids born in the 90s. Since its launch in 1992, the franchise has been airing different types of animated programs, entertaining people worldwide. Classic cartoons like the Hanna-Barbera programs were among the first to feature on the platform. Today, newer versions have been introduced to keep up with the ever-evolving consumers and target audiences. Over time, the channel has spanned its wings to different countries with different language variations. Here are some more awesome facts about Cartoon Network to start your day

1. The Moxy Show was the First Program to Be Aired on Cartoon Network

The Moxy Show was the first cartoon aired on Cartoon Network; it debuted on December 5, 1993. New episodes were released every Sunday night, each lasting an hour long. The show was rebranded to Flea in November 1994.

2. Al Sharpton Criticized Boondocks Aired by Cartoon Network for Using the N-Word

American Civil Rights advocate Al Sharpton once criticized the show Boondocks, which used to run on the Cartoon Network, for using the N-word. The scene he was particularly infuriated with was the one depicting Martin Luther King Jr using the term. Sharpton saw this as an attempt by Cartoon Network to desecrate black historical figures.

3. Seth MacFarlane Was a Writer for the Cartoon Network

Before Seth MacFarlane became famous for his animated show Family Guy, he helped write the scripts of some shows that aired on the Cartoon Network. After completing school in Rhode Island, Seth was hired by Hanna Barbera to help write for cartoons like Cow and Chicken and Johnny Bravo.

4. In 2008, Cartoon Network Aired Adult Content for Almost an Hour

In the early hours of February 7, 2008, Cartoon Network aired adult content for almost an hour to Tennessee cable subscribers. Obviously, the company received a lot of backlash and criticism from parents and guardians from the region.

5. The First Cartoon Network Movie Was Based on Dexter’s Laboratory

If Dexter’s Laboratory inspired Cartoon Network’s first movie (Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip), which was a massive hit. It was so big that it pushed Cartoon Network to produce another one, but this time, it was based on The PowerPuff Girls (it was the first to make it to the theaters). The two are some of the earliest original cartoons ever produced by Cartoon Network.

6. Popular Cartoon Network Ed, Edd and Eddy Portrayed Lots of Adult Humor

Years after the show first aired, many adults complained that the show Ed, Edd, and Eddy was a bit advanced for young viewers. It portrayed a lot of adult humor, ranging from dirty jokes to Eddy’s adult magazines.

7. A Lot of People Didn’t Like the Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Space Ghost Coast to Coast, one of the original shows by Cartoon Network, was not appreciated by almost everyone, including the producers. Mike Lazzo, the current vice president, once mentioned that nobody had faith in the show, so not much resources were invested in the program. Consequently, they had to recycle a significant amount of the footage.

8. Betty Cohen Founded Cartoon Network

Betty Cohen, a businesswoman and media executive, founded Cartoon Network, where she served as the president from 1992 to 2001. After attending Stanford, where she pursued Communications, Betty also worked for Nickelodeon and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). Today, she is the CEO of Hearts and Minds Media, launched in 2019.

9. Cartoon Network Stopped Playing Speedy Gonzalez Cartoons Because of Ethnic Stereotypes

In 1999, Speedy Gonzalez was banned from Cartoon Network because his cartoons portrayed racial stereotypes. They depicted characters wearing a sombrero and having a heavy accent; many thought the actions supported Mexican stereotypes. Surprisingly, the Mexicans had Gonzalez’s back, which made Cartoon Network revoke its ban.

10. Gerard Way Was an Intern for Cartoon Network

The lead singer for “My Chemical Romance,” Gerard Way, was once an intern for the Cartoon Network before quitting following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During his time there, Gerard pitched an idea for a cartoon called The Breakfast Monkey but was disapproved by Cartoon Network executives.

11. There is a Cartoon Network-Themed Water Park in Thailand

There is a water park licensed by the Cartoon Network in Bangsaray, Thailand. It has ten theme zones ranging from Johnny Bravo to Adventure Time. Its rainfall backdrop also makes the park more magical.

12. Australia Heavily Censors Some Cartoon Network’s Programs

Considering Cartoon Network’s biggest audience is kids, the channel doesn’t experience any form of censorship in most parts of the world. However, in Australia, the story is slightly different; shows such as Adventure Time and the Regular Show are heavily censored.

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Last Update: March 15, 2024