Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary by legosrcool1000 (deviantart)
What a glorious sight, all of my favorite CN shows meeting one another at the same time! This year will be their 25th anniversary too! Can you find your favorites in this?
So with Samurai Jack Season 5 and the Hey Arnold! & Invader Zim TV movies happening can anyone else think of some cartoons from Nick, CN, and Disney that didn’t have proper conclusions that should be revived in order to resolve the endings?
-Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
-Generator Rex (I know it technically had an “ending”, but it was a pretty lame one)
You get what I mean.
The facade to the Cartoon Network store located in the CNN Center at Atlanta, GA in 2007 vs 2013
I went here before in 2008, when the older entrance was still present, and was delighted to see Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, and even Looney Tunes merch alongside the series currently airing at the time. I even came home with a Dexter mug and an Eddy-shaped stress ball, which I can post later.
The inside looks pretty different from before, as well, stylized to fit the network’s present day look, instead of the scattershot tributes to their shows present before, like the KND treehouse (which you can barely make out in the top pic), the Foster’s Home front door, and the “entrance” to Dexter’s lab, complete with buttons that play soundbites of Dexter, Dee Dee and Mandark. I also can’t find too much merchandise for older series, but I’m sure that there’s at least some Scooby and Looney-related items in there.
So with Cartoon Network rebooting the Powerpuff Girls this April (oh yeah, THAT won’t date this later), here’s a short list of a few things CN could do along with PPG.
~Bring Back Sym-Bionic Titan
a show that never really deserved to be cancelled (be it for “toy sales” or low rating). Titan was one of the best things that came out of the Dark Era of CN. Hopefully with Samurai Jack coming back then maybe we can get Titan to return…I can dream, can’t I?
~Galactic Kids Next Door
the sequel to the awesome Codename: Kids Next Door series would be great to the line up of old shows becoming new on the channel. Imagine if in the months before the 1st episode they played the original series so as to get today’s kids caught up. I wanna see the remaining members of Sector V take on the Galactic Kids Next Door and their newest recruit: Numbah One of Earth.
~The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
a magical girl show (without the transformation scenes) where an 11-year old girl not only talks smack but will punch monsters many times larger than her. The show ending it’s 3rd season (for the longest time I thought it only had 2) on a kind of cliff-hanger, it’d be nice if we could get some kind of closure (I really want my Dark Ending HeadCanon to be replaced with a happy ending)
Honorable Mention: Green Lantern: The Animated Series/ Young Justice
these are honorable mention because it’s on DC and not CN or WB (well maybe a bit on WB)
Honorable Mention: Cartoon Network Groovies
small music videos using or about certain cartoons that played during the commercials were a welcome change of pace.
Honorable Mention: Whatever Happened To Robot Jones?
a series about a socially awkward robot boy trying to fit in with humans and animated in a “School House Rock” style…yes please.
Honorable Mention (the last): Dententionaire
for a while Cartoon Network was considering Dententionaire (more than likely Johnny Test scared the execs to bring anything else from Canada for a while, DAMN YOU TEST! DAMN YOU!) it is a great mystery conspiracy show that I’m not gonna mention lest I spoil anything.
Why Doesn't Cartoon Network Bring Back the Cartoon City Bumpers?
You’d figure with how much art styles are becoming so similar, it’d be easier than ever to have a shared universe deal with their shows. So why not bring the concept back? Never made sense to me, especially since those bumpers were so cool back in the day. :/