I wonder sometimes what I would do without the cartoon network as it's great to put on and let the children just sit in front of it and keeps them occupied for hours on end. The cartoon network was first broadcast in 1992 in the USA and came to the UK a year later. The channel mainly shows animated cartoons for kids including the likes of Ben 10 or the older cartoons like Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny which were always my favourites when growing up. The channel gives a great mix of old and new cartoons so there is something for everyone.
I have to confess on occasion I do sit down for a bit and watch some of the older cartoons as I used to love them and it's great to see them still repeated somewhere.
Despite being a great channel, the worst part about it is the constant advert breaks that happen every five or ten minutes. I guess they have to advertise to make their money but sometimes it's a bit much to have all those breaks in between cartoons or in the middle of them.
Overall, this is a good channel however for kids and it's great to have a dedicated channel that shows cartoons of all types and young and old. I would recommend this channel if you can get over the infuriating advert breaks in between.
As our son has aged, bit by bit, to his now ripe age of 5, we have noticed a shift in the favourability of various TV channels. He has now moved firmly away from the Playhouse Disney, in terms of choice, and his favourite channel is by far and away Cartoon Network.
The main reason for this is the latest craze to take the cartoon world by storm, and that is Ben 10. Today, he's plonked in front of the TV, excited because it's a marathon of Ben 10 episodes, literally all day. Naturally, we won't be letting him watch TV non stop, but it is a bit of a treat, so it's okay for a while.
They also have cartoons such as Chowder, which is a bit strange, and Johnny Test, which is even stranger. Occasionally, you get a cartoion such as the Fantastic Four or other Marvel creations rear their heads and give us half and hour of fun. I particularly like this, as I'm a big fan of things Marvel!
Most of the time, the programmes are half an hour long, and are probably suitable for ages 5 and upwards. Most of the cartoons would probably appeal to older kids as well as the younger ones, although it's important to note that there are some cartoons you probably wouldn't want your really young kids watching.
The ads are geared completely towards kids, and I have lost count of the times that Will has called me in frantically from the kitchen to show me the latest gadget they're advertising - the big, expensive ones, of course!
Their icons for the beginnings of the shows are also quite clever, the CN (Cartoon Network) characters performing little routines before forming the CN logo that you see at the top here in various ways. My favourite is this guy with an afro who is getting shot at. He ducks a bit too late and the buckshot makes the CN logo in his hair. Really funny.
Overall, it's a good channel for kids to watch at any time. The variety of cartoons is quite good, and they're suitable, as I said from about 5 upwards, I reckon. It's on Sky channel 601, and is a TV channel I recommend.
The channel is what my oldest boy seems to watch a bit of now but lots when he was younger. As you can guess by the name it's a channel specialised for only cartoons and this is on for 24 hours a day compared to other childrens channel that only air up to a certain time in the evening.
This channel has lots of cool cartoons and some of these are;
Ed, Edd and Eddy
Fosters home for imaginary friends
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
Johnny Test, and many many more.
This channel does repeat its cartoons from time to time but every now and then they add new types of cartoons to the channel too.
This is the channel that i seem to put on for my children if they're unwell at night and can't sleep and so i end up sleeping downstairs with them so they don't disturb my other children. Although i do prefer other childrens channels i never hear my children complain if this channel is on.
This channel also has some copetitions that are open to all uk residents although i have never let my children enter any but they do have a website aswell which accompanies the programmes that they show on tv. They also have various games and some competitions on here too.
Cartoon network well what is it you may ask well for those that have not sussed it out by the title then here we go on a full run down of what a great channel it is not only for kids but for the child in you. The Cartoon Network is available on Sky and Digitial TV channels usually free with a basic package and in my view is the best childrens channel around. It plays cartoons 24 hrs a day which has really been a god send when my daughter has been unable to sleep because she was ill so in she got with me in bed and she watched and I slept. The cartoons they show are a real mix of old classics that most people between 20-40 years old will remember and some new but very good ones. POWER PUFF GIRLS Blossom,Buttercup and Bubbles are three girls created by the Professor for himself but he accidentally put in CHEMICAL X which has given the girls super powers and they fly around all day fighting crime on behalf of Townsville and the Mayor who of course has a Power Puff Hotline. The crimanals they fight include MOJO JOJO the mad monkey,The Gangarine Gang and him the gay devil type creature. Loads of fun and keeps the little ones attention for ages if you need some time to get housework done. JOHNNY BRAVO Everbodys favorite guy all he wants is a date and all he gets is a slap he loves himself to the heavens and it is great fun to watch him trying to pull. He also has his own on screen radio show TOON>FM which gives viewers the chance to win prizes. THE CRAMP TWINS This is a new one on and is fantastic it is about two twin brothers who are totally different one blue and one normal one evil the other good lots of swamp referances and a very cleanliness obsessed mother make for great fun especially when swamp weed is involved. Suitable for all but 6+ is about right. ANGELA ANACONDA Not as the title may suggest anything to do with snakes but a sort of cartoon c
ome film programme about a girl called you got it who has a real enemy at school in the form of Ninette Manour who is rich and spoilt. Gina Lash the fat one and Johnny Eranie are her friends and are always out to avenge NINNIE POP as they call her. Loads of laughs and Pizza eating here but my little one does'nt tend to take to it better for 5+ years. DEXTERS LAB Now this has to be my absolute favorite our small but very smart friend DEXTER has a lab in his room that nobody knows about where he creates the most amazing machines and robots but he is always hampered by his annoying sister DEE DEE who tip toes around his lab and is always trying to give him away and destroying his things. TOM&JERRY An all time favorite for us all i'm sure only problem here is that we tend to have seen all the episodes but the kids love it and TOM & JERRY's antics are always enjoyable to watch again and again. DRAGONBALL Z This really is an action packed cartoon based losely on the old adult cartoons but suitable for all ages best audience though I feel is 8+ as it does have quite a lot of fighting etc so the plot well magic powers compared in duels by alien looking creatures is the only way I can describe it really. THUNDERBIRDS They have just started to re-run all the old Thunderbird episodes and they are as great today as they were when I was a kid. Thunderbirds for those who don't know is a puppet animation programme where international rescue are sent out to stop world domination etc in a series of vechiles great effects and well ahead of it's time when it was first made still very eyecatching for little ones and my daughter loves it but I must admit so do I. FLY TALES Great short cartoons but no voices just the everyday troubles of a normal fly. Good fun.Suits all ages. ED,EDD and EDDY Great cartoon about three friends all named ed in some
sense trying to con money out of people or always up to some sort of mischief. Greatest charecther in this is PLANK as piece of wood with a face who little jimmy thinks is alive great fun for all but maybe a bit above understanding of under 3s. POPEYE Need I say anymore we all know POPEYE and OLIVE OIL and BLUTO not forgetting the loveable PEE WEE. Classic cartoon capers with loads of spinach we all love it im sure. Suits all ages. SCOOBY DOO This really does take me back to childhood and I loved Scooby DOOBY DOOOOOOOOOOOO as we all did and here on cartoon network they have them on everyday and oh what fun with Shaggy and the gang they also show the newer scooby ones but they are a bit to modified I like the oldies best but the kids will love them all. There are many other programmes on the channel but this is just a select few and I'm sure I have bored you senseless by now so I will leave you with a summery of what the channel is like- ADVERTS - Right Balance but all aimed at kids. REPEATS - Yes alot are reapeated but how could they have it on all day otherwise. They do alternate programmes every now and again. NEW SHOWS - They screen a new show roughly every couple of months so there is variation. AGE ALLOWANCE - They have programmes that all can watch so you don't have to worry about rushing to turn over but some suit youngsters better than others. BYE and thanx for reading.
This morning I spent it mostly watching cartoon network. I considered it as a small test, soon I’ll be leaving my job so I guess I will have free time to get brainwashed by our TV channels. But to be fair I have always watched cartoon network, and the main reason that originally got cable was because of MTV and cartoon network. I have always been a cartoonholic and I admit it I am a Tom and Jerry fanatic. I’m the sad kind who will watch their marathons on New Year’s and August Bank Holiday days from end to beginning (I know so sad…). I am kinda old so obviously I enjoy all the oldies, Tom and Jerry, Sylvester and Tweetie, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Dack, Pink Panther, Donald and Mickey although they are from another channel… I understand that kids (like everybody else) want to watch new characters, more modern cartoons and I do accept the fact that the cartoon network tries to please as many ages as possible…But then again.. Some of these cartoons I do believe they are a little bit too much. I understand and enjoy Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Power Puff Girls, even Angela Anaconda (kinda weird for my tastethough) but the newest shows are just terrible…Sheep in the city? Toonheads? , etc… But the worst part is the adverts…almost every five minutes, adverts about everything which they are repeating them over and over again in a day…What I don’t understand is why they are showing adverts about credit cards, loans, debts consolidation, accidents claims to a children’s channelthe ? What do they expect to achieve? From kids to ask their parents for a small loan or a visa card for Christmas present? It’s bad enough to have to watch a thousand and one adverts about different Barbies every five minutes let alone the ones that explain to a five year old kid how easy is to apply for a loan .. The other ba
d thing about cartoon network is the timing of the programs, they never start on time (always earlier) and they always seem to finish about ten minutes earlier so there is plenty of time for adverts…So half an hour Tom and Jerry between six and six thirty is actually 10 minutes of the program, the rest is just repetition of the previous program (adverts)… Overall is good to have a channel dedicated to cartoons as it shows the oldies along with the new stuff but parents should be warned about their kids being brainwashed during those long advert breaks…
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"Laughter is the best medicine” Nothing makes your day, than a good hearty laugh. No medicines are so effective as a good laugh. When you start your day reading a newspaper and you read those cartoons, how well and refreshing you feel. There are various channels competiting in giving the Mother-in-law soap opera’s, Quiz Shows and corruption soap opera’s. One channel, which stands, above all of them is the Cartoon Network. There is no doubt in comparing these channels but it is still better watching Cartoon Network than these stupid and boring soap opera’s Their were days when we used to enjoy watching He-man, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck shows on the Doordarshan. But after the invasion of the channels, kids are being blessed with one good channel. Cartoon Network. This is one channel, which is for all ages, right from a 4 year old to a 80 year old person. You must be thinking at the age of 25, what am I doing writing a review of a kids channel. But believe me at my house no one is of the age below 20, but still most of the time you can see Cartoon Network, Discovery and National Geographical Channel being played. The policy is simple, laugh and be happy. Don’t Worry be Happy Though, I usually don’t get time to watch much of the shows, but when ever I am at home, I make it a point to see at least one good show and 30minutes of freaking out on the various mischievous of Tom and Jerry or the wacky sense of Humour of Garfield. Some of the fantastic shows are: Garfield This cat has got a great sense of humour and along with his boss John and his buddy, whom he loves to hate Odie the dog, has been my Favourites. The voice used for Garfield is really great; it has perfectly suited the character of Garfield. Garfield’s is a sleepy, egoistic and arrogant cat, who loves his Master John but likes to trouble him lot. Should not miss this naughty cat. It
is like my cat, who troubles me a lot. Tom & Jerry The all time cartoon, which has been the favourites of many. Their mischievous can never be forgotten. Bugs & Daffy Show It’s a love hate relationship for Bugs Bunny, I hate him but also love the way he plays pranks on his buddies, duck, the pig and the shooter. Top Cat This is an a egoistic Alley cat who along with his friends trouble the Cop, Officer Devil and makes him go bonkers with his Mischievous. This group of cats really know how to trouble officer devil and make him wild. The voices used on these cats are amazing. I can’t stop laughing. But now I don’t get time to watch this because it comes in the morning. Apart from these you have others: 1. The Mask 2. The Popeye Show : The guy with Spinach Strength They used to show Adventures of Tintin, but now they have stopped airing it. I am waiting for Astriex & Obliex, Phantom, and Mandrake the magician Apart from that Cartoon Network als plays some classic war movies on TCM which is the partner. For people who like classic war movies can carry a popcorn and start watching it. Its definitely a channel which make you laugh and make your life merrier and happy. We already in reality have so much of Corruption, dowry, rape, scams why do we need to watch it again on television. You have hard day, and when you come home you need something to cheer up and not cry and become sad watching those “Saas(Mother-in-law)” serials. (Though I am not offending anyone but it is a personal opinion) Though you have nice comedy serials on other channels like 3rd rock from the sun, Friends, Whose Line is it anyway. A cartoon a day keeps doctor away. Try this small test, and make your day happy and merrier (This is completely my opinion) In the morning when you get a newspaper instead rea
ding about scams, rapes, corruptions etc, Enjoy the cartoons and start your day laughing, believe me your day will go happy and nice. IF you have exams or going for an interview watch 5mins of Cartoon Network or 5mins reading those cartoons on the Newspaper and see how your mind is relaxed. Though excessive cartoons may create bad impact on children and their are some voilent programs, now upto the Parents to control them... “Make your life happy and Merrier and not crying and sad”
Nothing makes your day, than a good hearty laugh. No medicines are so effective as a good laugh. When you start your day reading a newspaper and you read those cartoons, how well and refreshing you feel. There are various channels competiting in giving the Mother-in-law soap opera’s, Quiz Shows and corruption soap opera’s. One channel, which stands, above all of them is the Cartoon Network. There is no doubt in comparing these channels but it is still better watching Cartoon Network than these stupid and boring soap opera’s There were days when we used to enjoy watching He-man, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck shows on the Doordarshan. But after the invasion of the channels, kids are being blessed with one good channel. Cartoon Network. This is one channel, which is for all ages, right from a 4 year old to a 80 year old person. You must be thinking at the age of 25, what am I doing writing a review of a kids channel. But believe me at my house no one is of the age below 20, but still most of the time you can see Cartoon Network, Discovery and National Geographical Channel being played. The policy is simple, laugh and be happy. Don’t Worry be Happy Though, I usually don’t get time to watch much of the shows, but when ever I am at home, I make it a point to see at least one good show and 30 minutes of freaking out on the various mischievous of Tom and Jerry or the wacky sense of Humour of Garfield. Some of the fantastic shows are: Garfield This cat has got a great sense of humour and along with his boss John and his buddy, whom he loves to hate Odie the dog, has been my Favourites. The voice used for Garfield is really great; it has perfectly suited the character of Garfield. Garfield’s is a sleepy, egoistic and arrogant cat, who loves his Master John but likes to trouble him lot. Should not miss this naughty cat. It is like my cat, who troubles me a lot. Tom & J
erry The all time cartoon, which has been the favourites of many. Their mischievous can never be forgotten. Bugs & Daffy Show It’s a love hate relationship for Bugs Bunny, I hate him but also love the way he plays pranks on his buddies, duck, the pig and the shooter. Top Cat This is an a egoistic Alley cat who along with his friends trouble the Cop, Officer Devil and makes him go bonkers with his Mischievous. This group of cats really know how to trouble officer devil and make him wild. The voices used on these cats are amazing. I can’t stop laughing. But now I don’t get time to watch this because it comes in the morning. Apart from these you have others: 1. The Mask 2. The Popeye Show : The guy with Spinach Strength They used to show Adventures of Tintin, but now they have stopped airing it. I am waiting for Astriex & Obliex, Phantom, and Mandrake the magician Apart from that Cartoon Network also plays some classic war movies on TCM which is the partner. For people who like classic war movies can carry a popcorn and start watching it. Its definitely a channel which make you laugh and make your life merrier and happy. We already in reality have so much of Corruption, dowry, rape, scams why do we need to watch it again on television. You have hard day, and when you come home you need something to cheer up and not cry and become sad watching those “Saas(Mother-in-law)” serials. (Though I am not offending anyone but it is a personal opinion) Though you have nice comedy serials on other channels like 3rd rock from the sun, Friends, Whose Line is it anyway. A cartoon a day keeps doctor away. Try this small test, and make your day happy and merrier (This is completely my opinion) In the morning when you get a newspaper instead reading about scams, rapes, corruptions etc, Enjoy the cart
oons and start your day laughing, believe me your day will go happy and nice. IF you have exams or going for an interview watch 5mins of Cartoon Network or 5mins reading those cartoons on the Newspaper and see how your mind is relaxed. “Make your life happy and Merrier and not crying and sad”
The ever famous twenty-four cartoon network has been broadcasting for years on satellite television, it even has it's own partner channel 'cartoon network plus' for Sky Digital. It's shows such as 'Dexters Laboratory', 'Johnny Bravo' and 'Digimon' which have kept young faces (and others) happy. There's many different cartoons, the problem though is the number of repeats - there are new episodes of series but not often, you find yourself shouting "seen it!" every time your favourite show is starting. Most if not all of the cartoons are proper length - usually around twenty-five to thirty minutes like most other programs. It's not expensive and available as part of a basic channel package from most TV services, cartoon network is essential for those morning afters when your kids get up at 7am and you can only just open your eyes. It's certain to keep the kids happy and there's a wide range of programs -not all just for the kids.
Not heard of a program on Cartoon Network called Little Lulu? That all with good reason, Cartoon Network UK don't show it! I used to live in Central Jakarta in Indonesia, and on the Sky/Satalite equivilent service, on Cartoon Network out there there was a program on, every day, called Cartoon Network's Little Lulu Show. It was excellent, but for some strange reasons it isn't on on Cartoons Networks UK TV Channel, WHY?!? It was excellent! Nevermind, there are other decent programs on Cartoon Network, CARTOON NETWORK RULES! So does the new E4 program! Appart from that I don't think that there is anything else quite like Cartoon Network, and they still have a whole load of really good shows on!
I have cartoon network as I have two children under five. I have found a lot of the cartoons are repeated and there is also a lot of violence in the cartoons for example the powder puff girls where almost every scene contains fight scenes . Maybe the producers should watch these cartoons for themselves and they will see what Im on about . As a parent I am very weary with what my children watch as I dont want them to think its okay to hit people if they do something wrong.Maybe I am over reacting but I dont agree with violence and Im sure a lot of people will agree with me. Cartoons are intended for young children maybe cartoon network should be a channel that shows cartoons for children under five and put the other cartoons on a different channel so then parets will not be freting so much. My children do not watch a lot of television and what do they do watch I make sure is only clean with no violence.Most of the time we watch videos. There is no presenters on this channel just cartoons all day .Here are some of the cartoons fat dog mendoza,tom and jerry,the powerpuff girls,dragonball z,batman of the future,looney tunes and angela anaconda. Cartoon network is avaliable on cable and digital and the basic package which includes cartoon network is nine pound nighty nine a month.
Cartoon Network has a simple concept – all cartoons, all day. A parent’s nightmare I’m sure, whatever the time of day your kiddies will want to watch something. Of course, the result of showing toons all day is a lot of repeats, often with the same episodes of the same show on the same day, although this can be hugely beneficial for those who miss earlier screening of Dragonball Z. The weekday early morning line up on Cartoon Network is a pretty mixed affair, and goes up against some pretty stiff competition from Fox Kids screening of Digimon. The Powerpuff Girls is a popular show combining elements of American super-hero comics and Japanese ‘Mahou Shojo’ (magical girl) shows in a yummy-scrummy parody form. The series follows the adventures of Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles who where created when their father, The Professor, accidentally spilt the ominous sounding ‘Chemical X’ into his recipe for the prefect girl. As such, they have amazing superpowers (and no fingers) which they use to fight the eviler residents of Townsville, including the most commonly recurring villain Mojo Jojo, an evil genius monkey with a habit of building giant robots and speech patterns derived directly from ‘60s anime dubs. The Powerpuff Girls is an entertaining, often hilarious show and is certainly well worth watching. Angela Anaconda, whose most immediately striking feature is the mosaic style of animation used (think South Park with more detail and movement), is a show basically following Angela’s ongoing feud with Nanette Manoir, the local poser type. I personally can’t say I’ve ever personally been able to ever ‘get’ into the show, but I am told by its fans that it is excellent (then again, fans would say that wouldn’t they…) The weakest links of the current morning line up are Tom and Jerry and The Smurfs. The Smurfs have, to be honest, never been any good. T
om and Jerry on the other hand is often superb, but years of TV re-running has rendered it a little tedious to watch. It’s a shame such a classic show has been rendered such. The daytime line up is a similar mixture of over-used cartoons - Popeye, Looney Toons, more Tom and Jerry and The Flintstones. Maybe I don’t rate the Flintstones particularly highly, but the other are good, solid productions simply suffering from over use. I wish they would replace them for a while with something fresher and phase them back in. They also show A Pup Called Scooby Doo, a rather poor Scooby Doo spin off featuring the characters as children, and is best avoided. Still, there are two personal highlights from the line up, The Moomins and The Magic Roundabout. The Moomins is the more recent animated version, and is based on an old Finnish book. It follows the tales of a group of hippo-like animals called The Moomins (and their friends of course) who live in Moomin valley. The show tends to take the form of short stories told over the period of several episodes, and does so in a fairly charming manner. Stories revolve around things such as a jungle suddenly growing around their house, or a trip by boat to a local, mysterious island. It’s watchable stuff. The Magic Roundabout is something I’m too young to have seen previously to CN, and to be honest something I didn’t particularly expect to like. I suspect it probably needs no real introduction (I’d be surprised if anyone has not seen it previously, or at least heard of it), but I love the general surreal feeling of the whole thing. The afternoon shows are largely excellent. Dexter’s Laboratory currently follows the infamous, original version of Scooby Doo. For those unfamiliar with the show, Dexter is about a diminutive child genius called Dexter, who has a secret (and rather large) lab hidden in his house, in which he builds giant robots, space ship
s and all sorts of other weird and wacky inventions. He also has a sister, called DeeDee, who frequently breaks into his lab and wreaks everything. Dexter as a show relies frequently on parody (frequently of things the young audience won’t be familiar with, such as classic super hero comics, the original Star Trek and anime robot shows), and often consists of episodes playing on a single joke. Still, it is frequently patently ridiculous and very, very funny. The better episodes are highly inventive, and I applaud it for it. After a much appreciated extra helping of The Powerpuff Girls, CN then screens Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy. The show follows three friends (err, Ed, Edd and Eddy), one of which is thick, one of which is a poser, and one of which is clever, and all of which seem to think they are cool. The three consistently scheme up ways to extract money from the other local kids in order to fund what is seemingly Jawbreaker addiction (I wouldn’t like to be their dentist). Wacky hi-jinks and disastrous results ensue. The animation is fairly rough in design; it looks different but can occasionally be annoying. The afternoon houses what will no doubt become an increasingly large programming block – Toonami. Toonami has been adopted from the US Cartoon Network, where it was the result of the station acquiring a number of Japanese shows. The basic formula used in the US - anime combined with US action shows - is the same as is used over here. Toonami current consists of two shows - Dragonball Z and Batman of the Future. Dragonball Z is a fairly old, long running Japanese martial arts show span off from a successful comic book and an earlier (frankly far more entertaining and humorous) series Dragonball. For a while in the pre-Pokemon days Dragonball Z was one of the most popular children’s TV shows in the US, and having now been adopted by CN over there is going through a bit of a revival fuelled by new episodes. C
N obviously hopes it will prove as popular over here. The Dragonballs are a bunch of magic crystal balls which, when brought together, can be used to summon the dragon Shen Long to grant the possessor one wish. After the wish is granted, the balls scatter and cannot be used again for another year. The series itself follows Goku (hero of the original Dragonball, only much older and taller here) and his son Gohan. Over the years, Goku has become an insanely powerful martial artist and got married to Chi-Chi (in the original Dragonball he promised to marry her in exchange for one of the dragonballs). At the start of the series it is revealed that Goku is in fact a Saiyan, a member of an alien warrior race, and that more Saiyans are on their way to wipe out the human race and sell the planet on to the highest bidder. So he trains more. The show tends to follow a fairly basic story structure – evil power reveals itself whilst Goku is unavailable, everyone else gets beaten up for a while, Goku eventually shows up much harder than before and beats the bad guy to a bloody pulp. Well, not so bloody, it is kids TV. Still, the show runs in very large story arcs involving fights running over several episodes (dare I say it, some longer than entire TV shows) and epic stories to go with them. The rather stop-start nature, in which battles are frequently broken up by large chunks are dialogue, can be rather irritating at times. The animation also looks fairly dated (it is a pretty old show). The show has also been rammed through the American Cultural Blender(tm), which results in the show losing much of what made in charming in its original Japanese run, not to mention the fact that the new US soundtrack is wholly ineffective of producing any kind of tension or excitement. Its still a fairly entertaining show, but watching it every day (the only way you can possibly keep up with the story) is a big commitment. Give it long enough and it’ll probably wo
rks its way under your skin, whether or not you want it to is another question. Even so, its popular with the kids. Much more consistent is the latest entry in the Batman canon – Batman of the Future (Batman Beyond in the US). This series sees Bruce Wayne passing on the mantle of Batman to Terry, a young man wanting to revenge his fathers death at the hands of a rich business man. The show is dark, but often full of rather dark humour. Its well written, well animated and well directed, the big let down being that CN constantly loops around the same 13 episodes of the shows first season. My personal favorite episode is a rather dark parody of The Fantastic Four; it really is worth looking out for. Starting on the 15th of January is the latest Japanese import, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (or just Gundam Wing for short). Having already proved massively successful in the US, we thankfully haven’t had to wait the same five years for someone over here to pick up the English language version. Gundam Wing is derived from a old late 1970’s Japanese show Mobile Suit Gundam. The original Gundam (often called ‘First Gundam’ by fans) was a seminal production for both the giant robot genre and Japanese animation as a whole. The whole popularized what has become known as the ‘Real Robot’ genre, basically shows in which giant robot suits are used as weapons in gritty war stories. Gundam shows are generally split into two categories, UC Gundam, which exist in the same continuity as First Gundam, and alternate Gundam shows which form their own continuity. Gundam Wing falls into the later category. In Gundam Wing the people of Earth have created space colonies on which to live. The people of the colonies, originally seen as independent colonies, find themselves oppressed by Earth government. The government of Earth employs a special military force OZ, formed by the Romfeller Foundation, for their military operat
ions. The OZ’s primary weapons are Mobile Suits, large humanoid and highly armed suits of robot armour. Sick of the expansion of the OZ, rebel groups on five of the colonies independently build highly advanced and heavily armoured mobile suits, called Gundams, and send them to Earth to cause chaos among the OZ. Of course, the pilots of the five Gundam suits are unaware of each other or each others motives. The main story follows the pilot of the Wing Gundam, Heero Yuy. Upon arriving in Earth space, Heero is spotted and attack by high ranking OZ officer Zech Marquise and is forced to bail his Gundam. On Earth, he is spotted landing by Relena Darlian, the daughter of an important ambassador between the people of Earth and the Colonies. Heero soon flees (he happens to land right next to a military base), but for cover he secretly registers himself with a local school with the intention of hiding out there for a while. Of course, this just happens to be the rather up-market school which Relena goes to, and when she recognizes him he promises to kill her. Anyway, that goes up to about as far as the halfway point in the first of Gundam Wings 49 episodes. As you can probably gather, Gundam Wing relies highly on an ongoing narrative that runs throughout the entire series. As the series goes on Relena is forced into an increasingly important role in the future of Earth, and the war takes a very unexpected and dramatic shift, changing base of power of Earth. What is the secret of the Gundam mobile suits and their pilots? Who build them? What is their purpose? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out. Whilst often seemingly ridiculous and overly melodramatic, I like Gundam Wing a lot. It’s entertaining (although humourless), and has a genuinely well thought out storyline. The animation may be beginning to date, but the design is good, and was popular enough in the US for Cartoon Network to be showing more Gundam – including Firs
t Gundam – in the near future. It also benefits from not having been rammed through the American Cultural Blender(tm), resulting in fairly minimal edits for violence and language. Coming soon to Cartoon Network is another Japanese import, Tenchi Muyo! The title is most commonly translated as ‘No Need For Tenchi’ (although ‘This Way Up’ apparently also works). As for the show, it is a strange sitcom about a Japanese teenager called Tenchi who somehow manages to end up with a bunch of cute alien girls living in his house fighting for his affections. As well as this, Tenchi gradually comes to realize that he himself has a strange power, and has to fight off those who wish to abuse his position. What will no doubt confuse people is that Tenchi actually comprises of three different continuities (well, they will be screening three different continuities, there are another two relating to the Mahou Shojo spin off Magic Girl Pretty Sammy). The three continuities relate to the original Tenchi series (which was released direct to video in Japan), the first of the TV incarnations (known as Tenchi Universe) and the second TV incarnation (Tenchi in Tokyo). Tenchi Universe actually completely started the whole series again, and has a story completely unrelated to the original series. This annoyed people, mainly because the video series didn’t end properly (only this week has there been a post on the production studio AICs website suggesting a new video series to complete the story is in production), and the fact that everything which followed is increasingly inferior to the original. Still, Tenchi is an often hilarious, frequently touching series that actually has a story to it. The TV version does have some minor editing, mainly digital repainting to disguise the occasional lack of clothing evident in the original video version. Two shows which only seem to get later and weekend showings on CN nowadays are Johnny Bra
vo and Cow and Chicken. Johnny Bravo is a show I frankly hated when it first began, following a conceited posers attempted to chat up every pretty lady he encounters, but has slowly grown on me until I genuinely liked it. More recent episodes are certainly of a better standard than the earlier ones. As for Cow and Chicken, I prefer its spin off series, I Am Weasel, following the rivalry between I M Weasel (a weasel who seems to be an expert in everything) and I R Baboon, who attempts to out do Weasel at everything with unsurprisingly comic results. Cartoon Networks weekends is more of the same, but mercifully is short of the bland daytime shows. Cartoon Network also occasionally shows movies, but many of these are of dubious quality. The general presentation on Cartoon Network is superb. Whilst it has no presenters, the channels eye catches are excellent. Adverts put together for their shows are frequently superb, but the best thing is some of the filler material they produce. Occasionally shown between shows is Tales from F.E.A.R, a short using footage taken from old Hannah Barbara show Birdman. It is basically a series of short stories about a criminal organization, F.E.A.R, in which only the number 1 (the leader) can have facial hair. It borders on genius, frankly. In all, Cartoon Network is my preferred children’s station. Fox Kids may have the American Cultural Blender(tm) version of Vision of Escaflowne (one of the finest fantasy shows every produced in its original form), but the general quality of Cartoon Networks shows is higher. Hopefully Toonami will prove as popular here as in the US (if only so we can see the new addition to its US line up, Outlaw Star. Its fabulous), and hopefully they’ll continue to produce excellent shows of their own such as Dexter and The Powerpuff Girls.
I dislike the Cartoon Network because all it ever shows is stupid cartoons that aren't funny in any way and it is obvious this channel is aimed at younger viewers. I'm not going to lie and say I don't like cartoons, because I'm actually a big fan of cartoons, but they have to be good. I watch cartoons like the Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy and several other humorous cartoons that people of all ages will find funny. The material on Cartoon Network is not funny at all, and the cartoons have no real storyline. That's why I recommend to every Dooyooser that instead of wasting your time on the Cartoon Network, just watch good cartoons on Sky One. They're much better in my opinion.
When watching the adverts for Cartoon Network, you find they make many claims to having the best cartoons and best cartoon saga's etc. When you watch the channel however you find that they are lying. Not Cartoon Network, I mean they as in the people who say, "cartoons are for kids". I'm no kid and neither is my 25-year-old brother but we still watch it. Yes Cartoon Network's claims to having the best cartoons and cartoon sagas are well justified when you watch the channel. They feature cartoons such as DragonBall Z and Johnny Bravo etc. These are both for kids and adults I assure you. Its obvious that cartoons on this channel are meant for adults as well seeing as there are many allusions that children just would not understand. This channel I often find myself watching more than anything else on Sky. They have a great variety of cartoons, all of which would definitely keep the kids happy if you have any. I mean it keeps me happy and I'm an adult. Of course it runs for 24 hours so if you have really young children who wake up early or something then they can watch Barney or a cartoon for the younger children. Every now and then Cartoon Network also shows a cartoon movie. Especially at Christmas time like now. This is just something even more special about Cartoon Network that will help entertain either yourself or your kids. The only disadvantage that Cartoon Network holds is the same as all Sky channels and that is that it has repeats of cartoons every now and then. This can get annoying if you're a real devoted fan to a cartoon saga such as DragonBall Z. Still the wait is worth it and the repeats are still good to watch. Cartoon Network + 1hr ---------------------- This is another of Cartoon Network's channels, which simply plays cartoons from Cartoon Network an hour later then on normal Cartoon Network. This means anything you've missed like the all-important ep
isode of DragonBall Z, can be seen an hour after its normal time. Boomerang ---------- This channel from Cartoon Network brings back the old classic cartoons such as 'Top Cat' and 'The Flintstones'. These are simply fantastic for those of us who are old enough to remember these great Cartoons. To be honest I'm not that old and I still know these classics. This would suit kids when they got bored and would of course suit parents who do not like the new cartoons but love these old ones. All I have to say is that if you have kids or not you should still watch this channel. Do not be embarrassed about it, my friends 'diss' me all the time but I never care because I know they secretly do it themselves when they get home. Its just like they say Cartoon Network is "where the best toons hang out".
I recently upgraded to digital telvision and as part of my package get the Cartoon Network. Being thirty-something I've not had much call to watch it apart from catching the odd bit while changing channels. Yesterday however my sister came to stay along with her 5 year old daughter. Looking for something to keep her happy for 15 minutes or so, until it was time for bed, I suggested the Cartoon Network. We settled down to watch just as one cartoon was finishing and it went to an advert break. About four minutes later, back it went to Looney Tunes which was OK for as long as it lasted, say about five minutes. Good, time for another cartoon we thought. Nope, time for some more adverts, all of which seemed designed to get the kids to badger the parents to buy something. Eventually the next Looney Tune came on, just as it was time for bed, with a not surprising reaction from a 5 year old that didn't particlarly want to watch one cartoon and loads of adverts. As I say I'm not a Cartoon Network regular and if this opinion is unrepresentative of the usual adverts breaks I am sorry, but you would have thought the programme planners would reaise that patience is not the most abundant quality of children in general.