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Télétoon
Télétoon 2016.png
Current logo, since 2014
Country Canada
Broadcast area Nationwide
Slogan Imagine!
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Programming
Language(s) French
Picture format 1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i SDTV for the feed)
Ownership
Owner Teletoon Canada, Inc. (Corus Entertainment)
Sister channels Teletoon
Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
La Chaîne Disney
History
Launched September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
Availability (channel space shared with Télétoon la nuit)
Cable
Available on most cable systems Channel slots vary on each operator
Satellite
Bell Satellite TV Channel 139 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 771 (SD)
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 841 (SD)
Channel 941 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 153 (SD)
Channel 1153 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 413 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 2033 (SD)
SaskTel Channel 264 (SD)
Telus Quebec Channel 28 (SD)
VMedia Channel 106 (SD)
Rogers Ignite Channel 631 (HD)

Télétoon (styled as TĒLĒTOON) is a Canadian French language discretionary service owned by Teletoon Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment. Its name is a portmanteau of "télévision" and "cartoon". As of 2013, along with its English language counterpart Teletoon, it is available in over 7.3 million Canadian households.

Programming

Many of the shows broadcast on Télétoon are those shown on its English-language counterpart dubbed into French. At first, both networks had identical schedules, airing the same episode of the same program at the same time. Nowadays, the schedules sometimes differ, because Télétoon carries some translated programs that its English-language counterpart does not, as they are aired on other cable networks. Many of the shows, such as The Simpsons and King of the Hill, are dubbed using local voice-over actors from Quebec, while others, such as Naruto and virtually all series originating from Cartoon Network, are dubbed in France and imported.

Original series

Teletoon Original Production
Teletoon closing logo (2007–2011)

At its inception in 1997, the channel had a stated goal of producing 78 half-hours of original content every year, and it has been active in commissioning programming since then. The licence granted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996 required a gradual increase in the portion of Canadian programming on the schedule by about five percent each year starting from 40% in its first year of operation to 60% by 2002. In 1998, network management decided to focus on renewals instead of new shows – adopting a more cautious strategy than launching a significant number of new series, as it had in the prior year. By 2001, however, the station was noted as possibly being the Canadian channel with the highest spending on original production, having invested in 98 series, including 225 half-hour episodes that fall season.

Variant

As a bilingual service, Teletoon/Télétoon maintains two separate broadcast feeds, with a single licence for the English- and French-language channels. It is one of only two Canadian specialty services with such a licence. At the original licensing hearing before the CRTC, the network's operators had stated that the two channels "would be similar in nature and programmed with a similar attitude towards them. But for the reasons of rights availability, for the reasons of the question of advertising to children in Québec and for the reason of dealing with the differences in the market, there might be variations in the services offered." To this end, the station implemented a requirement that all original programming be delivered in both languages. By 2007, however, this condition had been relaxed to apply "whenever possible", and over the following years some original series were only shown on one of the channels.

Current programming

This is a list of programs being broadcast regularly.

Upcoming programming

Former programming

Programming blocks

Current

  • Vive les samedis – "Vive les samedis" is a Saturday morning programming block from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, this block was formerly known as Les dessins animés du samedi matin.
  • Cinéma Télétoon – "Cinéma Télétoon" is a block on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. ET, that mostly airs animated movies (such as Tom and Jerry: The Movie, The Powerpuff Girls Movie and Looney Tunes movies, among others). It also airs live action movies such as the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This block was formerly known as Cinétoon and Télétoon présente.
  • Télétoon la nuit - Animated programming targeted towards teen and adult audiences airs during the nighttime hours as part of the programming block, Télétoon la Nuit (formerly "Le détour sur Télétoon", then "Télétoon Détour"), the French version of the now-defunct Teletoon at Night (formerly Teletoon Detour), which is similar in format to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Télétoon la Nuit starts at 8 p.m.

Yearly

  • Camp Télétoon – The Camp Télétoon block replaces morning programming during the summer vacation period from July to August, containing some of the channel's popular programs, and daily movies. However, in the summer of 2009, Camp Télétoon was placed on hiatus, with Fou rire taking its place. The block returned in the summer of 2012, now airing weeknights from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. ET.
  • C'est Noël - This block features holiday specials

Former

  • Original blocks – In 1997, Télétoon chose a different style of animation for each block. Each blocks were represented as planets: Claymation for Pre-School (4 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Cel animation for Kids (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Collage for Family (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Paper mache for Adult (9 p.m. to 4 a.m.). Each block's bumpers were made by Cuppa Coffee Studio.
  • Télétoon Déjonté - Launched in 2000, Télétoon Déjonté is a teen and adult-oriented block of the channel; it co-existed with Le Détour sur Télétoon until the block merged with it in 2004.
  • Télétoon Kapow! – Launched in September 2003, Kapow! was an action block, which featured the shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider Riders, MegaMan NT Warrior and The Batman. Kapow! was usually shown on weekend mornings in large blocks, although it did air in smaller blocks during the weekdays. Teletoon Kapow! was used as the name of the Canadian Cartoon Network channel license.
  • Le Spin – Le Spin was created on September 3, 2007 and air every weekday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with different shows everyday. Throughout the week, viewers could vote online on the Télétoon website to pick one show that would air during Le Spin block. Once a month, five viewers each got to choose the shows for an entire weekday afternoon.
  • Fou rire – The Fou rire block aired weekday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET and on Saturday mornings. It aired shows such as Out of Jimmy's Head, Chowder, and Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • 3 heures vraiment cool – The 3 heures vraiment cool block aired on Monday through Thursdays and Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET. On Thursdays, it was called "Les jeudis vraiment trop cool", and it aired new episodes of The Simpsons, Johnny Test, Jimmy Two-Shoes, Stoked, Total Drama, Majority Rules and 6teen.
  • Télétoon Rétro – Télétoon Rétro was the brand for Télétoon's blocks of classic animated programming. In Fall 2008, a digital channel under the same name was launched, featuring classic animated programs.
  • Mission:Action – The Mission:Action block aired on weekdays starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, and on Sunday mornings/afternoons. It featured action series such as The Secret Saturdays, Bakugan, Chop Socky Chooks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Naruto, Wolverine and the X-Men, Johnny Test, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Chaotic, Totally Spies, The Super Hero Squad Show and The Spectacular Spider-Man. New additions included Power Rangers Samurai, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, The Amazing Spiez, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders.
  • Télétoon Jr. - The Télétoon Jr. block aired weekdays starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. A video-on-demand channel also exist which run a different set of series than those featured on the block.
  • J'aime les jeudis – "J'aime les jeudis" is a programming block airing on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. ET.
  • Les vendredis superhéros – "Les vendredis superhéros" is an action-oriented programming block airing Friday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. ET.

Related services

Télétoon Sur Demande

Télétoon Sur Demande is a video-on-demand channel featuring series from Télétoon.

English services

Teletoon and Cartoon Network are the English counterpart and sister channel to Télétoon, respectively. They broadcast most of the shows from its French-language counterpart in English.

Télétoon HD

On March 24, 2014, Télétoon launched a high definition feed called Télétoon HD, which simulcasts the standard definition feed. The channel is available on Cogeco, then on Vidéotron and Bell Fibe TV.

Former

Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande

Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande was a video-on-demand multiplex channel and was named after a program block featuring animated series aimed at younger children's; shows included on the Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande channel have included such shows as Caillou, Atomic Betty, George of the Jungle, The Future is Wild, and Bobby's World. Unlike Télétoon and Télétoon Rétro, the channel do not feature an English counterpart. It is abi kibfwe available as a programming block on Télétoon. The service ended in 2018.

Télétoon Rétro

Télétoon Rétro was a Category B digital cable and satellite channel that debuted in Summer 2007. It was named after a program block featuring classic animated series. Télétoon Rétro channel's programs have included The Tom and Jerry Show, The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Raccoons, The Jetsons, Astro Boy, and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The channel closed on September 1, 2015 and was replaced by Disney La Chaîne.

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