Cartoon Network is turning 25 years old this year and celebrating its birthday with a fun video retrospective that focuses on its cartoon lineup past and present.
The network, which launched October 1rst, 1992, has come a long way from the Metro-Goldwyn Meyer and United Artists animation library. While fans can still watch Bugs, Daffy, the Looney Tunes and of course the perennial favorites Tom and Jerry, the network moved into original programming unique to the network with the What a Cartoon! anthology in 1996. The shorts there spun-off some of the most iconic Cartoon Network characters, from Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory to Cow and Chicken.
Said Cartoon Network retrospective video (see above) shows Dexter and the original What a Cartoon! spin-offs from 1996 as they dance their way into the world of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and even The Powerpuff Girls. The music then picks up and everybody keeps dancing until they're joined by Finn and Jake from Adventure Time, the characters from The Wide World of Gumball and the cast of Teen Titans Go! all the way through to the beloved members of Steven Universe and the We Bear Bears, all dancing with the most popular and iconic Cartoon Network favorites.
Cartoon Network's choice to spotlight its original iconic programming is a smart branding move. It's widely believed that Dexter's Laboratory revolutionized animation, and the network has only kept the ball rolling from there. The network has gotten a new look every decade, but the characters like Dexter and the Powerpuff girls remain an essential part of many people's childhood. With the rebooted The Powerpuff Girls getting a fourth Powerpuff girl and shows like Steven Universe continuing to strive for critical acclaim and relevance, it's no wonder that the network has lasted as long as it has. Cartoon Network has certainly come a long way from a potential "showcase" of classic cartoons, stepping out of its shell to create iconic characters that were a part of many childhoods.
The future looks bright for the network. With both Adventure Time and Teen Titans Go! setting themselves up for movie adaptations down the line, Cartoon Network proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks. What the future holds for the cartoon powerhouse is a mystery - but if its birthday "bumper" is any indication, the network will be dancing with its head held high, along the way.
Source: Cartoon Network