Cartoon Network (Latin American TV channel) facts for kids
|Country||Latin America, Brazil and Caribbean|
|Broadcast area||United States
|Headquarters||Marietta St NW, CNN Center, Atlanta, United States
|Language(s)||Latin American Spanish
English (available in SAP with translated continuity)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV
(rescaled to 480i/576i for standard definition feeds)
|Owner||WarnerMedia International (AT&T)|
|Launched||April 30, 1993|
|Flow Trinidad||Channel 37 / 200|
|E-Networks Guyana||Channel 65 / 14|
|Dish México||Channel 307|
|SKY México||Channel 315|
|DirecTV Caribbean Trinidad and Tobago||Channel 304|
|MovistarTV Colombia||Channel 301|
|SKY Brasil||Channel 60|
Cartoon Network is a Latin American pay television channel distributed by AT&T for the Latin American audience and the Caribbean. It is the Latin American version of the original Cartoon Network television channel in the United States. It is divided into five feeds, all originating from its central headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, United States; four are in Spanish (Mexico, Argentina/Uruguay, Chile/Peru, Colombia/Venezuela/Central America) and the other is in Portuguese for Brazil. The feeds have different schedules.
It primarily airs cartoons and animated programming, marketed towards children and teens. Operated in Argentina by Turner Broadcasting System Latin America, it began broadcasting on April 30, 1993, as the first children-oriented cable channel available in the region. Argentina and Mexico had previously launched children's cable channels (The Big Channel and Cablín in Argentina and ZAZ in Mexico, all of which are now defunct), but they were only available in their respective countries.
10 of the 15 most popular shows among children aged 6-to-10 years old were broadcast by Cartoon Network Latin America, including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, and I Am Weasel. Older franchises like Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, and Looney Tunes were also broadcast, as well as popular global anime franchises like Pokémon and newest original series such as the Ben 10 franchise, Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe and The Powerpuff Girls reboot. Cartoon Network Latin America has also aired original productions and live-action series such as La CQ, the channel's first original Mexican live-action series which premiered in 2012. In 2014, the channel acquired Digimon Fusion and Power Rangers Megaforce in a partnership with Saban Brands, and both series premiered on the channel in May 2014.
Since 2007, the channel has offered different services.
Cartoon Network Mobile
All five feeds are generated by central headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and also broadcast both programming and continuity in English through SAP.
- Mexico. Aimed at Mexico. It uses the Mexico City timezone as its main timezone. It is available to Central American countries on satellite TV provider Sky
- South Atlantic feed: aimed at Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. It uses the Buenos Aires timezone as its main timezone.
- North Atlantic Feed: aimed at Colombia, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. It uses the Bogotá timezone as its main timezone.
- Pacific feed: aimed at Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It uses the Santiago de Chile timezone as its main timezone.
- Brazilian feed: independent feed for Brazil, with different programming and schedule. It uses the Brasília timezone as its main timezone
Cartoon Network Mexico is a feed derived from the channel available only in Mexico. This feed has the same programming that is being broadcast in all Latin America, but has a different schedule and shows distribution.
The Mexican feed has held localized events such as "Copa Toon" (a children's soccer competition), "Carrera Cartoon", and the channel's 20th Anniversary Special broadcast in Mexico and the entire South American region, which was held in Mexico City. Its HD simulcast was launched in November 2014; At the time of its launch, itwas only available on IPTV provider Axtel, but it progressively started to be distributed in the rest of TV providers such as Megacable, Sky and Izzi
The Mexican and Brazilian feeds are the only ones which use age rating for their programming. Unlike the Brazilian one, the Mexican one uses their own rating system, detailed as it follows:
- N. Programming appropriate for all children. Equals the official AA rating. Used in several shows like The Amazing World of Gumball (TV-Y7-FV in the USA), Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart (TV-Y7-FV), Victor and Valentino (TV-Y7-FV), Courage the Cowardly Dog (TV-Y7-FV), Summer Camp Island (TV-Y7) and Craig of the Creek (TV-Y7).
- TODOS (literally ALL). Programming appropriate for audiences of all ages. The content includes few violence. Currently it always carries a V sub-rating. Used in Regular Show (TV-PG), Uncle Grandpa (TV-PG), Clarence (TV-PG), Teen Titans Go! (TV-PG), Steven Universe (TV-PG), Infinity Train (TV-PG) and Dragon Ball Super (TV-14), for example.
- 7+. Programming appropriate for 7-year-old children or over. May include mild or comic fantasy violence. Equals the A rating. Used in Teen Titans (TV-Y7-FV), Samurai Jack (TV-Y7-FV), Unikitty! (TV-Y7) and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (TV-Y7-FV), among others.
- 7+ VF. Programming appropriate for children aged over 7. The content includes moderate fantasy violence. Used in ThunderCats Roar (TV-Y7-FV), Supernoobs (TV-Y7-FV), Ben 10 (2016) (TV-Y7-FV) and The Powerpuff Girls (2016) (TV-Y7-FV).
- 12+. Programming not recommended for children under 12.
Under the age rating, they usually indicate whether a content has been edited for broadcast. Usually, the cuts are made in all feeds, regardless of the rating they're using.
This same system is used in the Mexican feed of Boomerang Latin America.
Cono Sur feed
Cartoon Network took part in the animation of the film Patoruzito and its sequel Patoruzito 2. Both were co-produced with Red Lojo Telefe productions, along with the production of the mini-series Patoruzito. In 2006, Cartoon Network launched a content bonus card, together with a multimedia web service called Monthly Cartoon, which sponsored a competition to work at Cartoon Network Studios as well as scholarships at universities for the arts. In Alto Palermo, there is a Toon Cup held once every 4 years. Its HD simulcast started broadcasting on 20 August 2014.
- Héroes/Heróis: A block consisting of shows focused on heroes, including Pokémon, Transformers: Cyberverse, and Bakugan Battle Planet.
- JA JA JA/HA HA HA: A block that airs several humorous shows, including Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe, Clarence, Teen Titans Go! and Uncle Grandpa.
- Cartoon Pop/Cartoon Z@um: A block that airs Cartoon Network's classics, such as Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory. It airs every day at late evening. This block was formerly called "Cartoon Cartoons" until 2008.
- Cine Cartoon: A block that airs full-length movies, both animated and live-action. Airs every day at no specified time, with new movies premiering every Friday.
- Boomerang Club/Clube Boomerang: Airs some shows present on their sister channel, Boomerang, like Masha and the Bear, Wabbit, and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Airs on weekday mornings.
- Cartoon Offair: A night block where shorts are broadcast during commercial Breaks aimed at a more adult audience. This block resembles Adult Swim which ended on Cartoon Network in 2010, it was launched first in Brazil, then in Mexico.
- Toonami Powered by Crunchyroll: A night block that airs Japanese anime shows, like Dragon Ball Super, Mob Psycho 100 and Dr. Stone. It airs every weekday at 23:59.
On 2 December 2002, Cartoon Network premiered Toonami block, replacing a similarly-themed block, Talisman. Toonami aired shows that were already on the lineup, these being Gundam Wing, Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z, and served as the home of Inuyasha. Over the years, Toonami added shows such as Saint Seiya and Yu Yu Hakusho , as well as the revamped version of Cyborg 009 and Astro Boy . However, the block had to move to the late-night slots on CN Latin America, due to protests of violent scenes on the block. CN moved the block in November 2004.
In 2005, Toonami had short-lived weekend schedules, which were later replaced by the premiere of Adult Swim in Latin America (7 October 2005).
In March 2006, Toonami revamped its lineup to include more adult-oriented series, such as Love Hina, taking advantage of the schedule and the refusal of anime on Adult Swim, as well as to compete against anime channel Animax for new anime series. In June 2006, Toonami premiered anime movies in two monthly variations: Dragon Ball Theatricals (which had 17 different Dragon Ball movies), and Toonami Movies (general animated action movies).
In 2007, Cartoon Network cut Toonami completely. The movies were no longer aired (with the exception of the Dragon Ball movies). After its cancellation in Latin America on 26 March 2007, the block's programming gradually vanished. In January 2010, the block Animaction was created, showing on Wednesday evenings. This block broadcast both action programming and anime programming before it was removed in April 2011.
On 18 August 2020, Cartoon Network announced that the Toonami programming block was revived in partnership with Crunchyroll. It was announced that Dragon Ball Super and Mob Psycho 100 would begin airing in the one hour weeknight block. The new incarnation debuted on 31 August.
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