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Cartoonito logo.svg
Original logo, used since 2006.
Cartoonito logo 2021.svg
Second logo, used in the United States and Latin America since 2021.
Product type
OwnerWarnerMedia International
CountryUnited Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
Middle East
United States
(as a programming block)
Southeast Asia
(2012–15; upcoming 2022)
Latin America
Related brands

Cartoonito is a brand name used by AT&T's WarnerMedia for a collection of television networks and programming blocks that target preschool-age children.

As of 2021, Cartoonito-branded channels exist in the United Kingdom (its flagship service), Italy, and Latin America, while branded blocks are currently broadcast on Cartoon Network in the Middle East, Turkey, and the United States,[1] with a scheduled return to Southeast Asia by Spring 2022.[2]


Precursors (1996–2006)

Educational block

In 1996, Cartoon Network decided to create a Sunday morning block of preschool programs. The series featured Big Bag, a live-action/puppet television program made by the Children's Television Workshop (known for Sesame Street), Small World, a children's animated anthology show/variety show, and Cave Kids (a Hanna-Barbera-produced cartoon spin-off starring Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm).[citation needed]

Small World aired in several countries (except Japan, China, and Korea) and syndicated many of their respective shows. Cave Kids only ran from September to November of that year. However, Big Bag ran until 1998, while Small World ran until c. 2002.[citation needed]

In 1997 (just the year after the merger of Turner Broadcasting System with Time Warner), Warner Bros. Animation announced Baby Looney Tunes, an original preschool series inspired by a line of pre-existing merchandise and had finished production by January 2001 with its pilot aired on June 3 of that year. Once the pilot proved a success, work on Baby Looney Tunes resumed, and it officially premiered on July 28, 2001.[3][4]The series also ran on the Kids' WB block from 2002 to 2005[5] while continuing its original run on Cartoon Network until October 16, 2006.

Tiny TV

In 2003, Cartoon Network's Indian counterpart introduced Tiny TV, a weekday morning block of acquired preschool cartoons such as Bob the Builder, Kipper, Noddy, and Oswald. By 2006, it had expanded to Cartoon Network (and Boomerang) channels in Australia and Southeast Asia (Boomerang Latin America (aired had it as known as Mini TV). Each block carried its lineup of programs, with only a few shared between feeds. Tiny TV was discontinued in 2007 but was temporarily revived on POGO (a sister channel to Cartoon Network India) in 2010.[6]


On 22 August 2005, Cartoon Network USA debuted Tickle-U, the network's first official attempt at weekday-morning preschool programming. The block aired from 9 to 11 a.m EST. Programs on the lineup included Firehouse Tales (the only original series), Gerald McBoing-Boing, Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs (both from Teletoon/Treehouse TV), and British series such as Gordon the Garden Gnome, Little Robots, and Peppa Pig and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!. Which some were re-dubbed for American audiences. The block also featured two CGI characters as hosts: Pipoca (voiced by Ariel Winter) and Henderson (voiced by Tom Kenny). The block came under fire by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which criticized Cartoon Network for advertising it as a way to develop a child's sense of humor.[7][8]


On 4 September 2006, Cartoon Network Too debuted a new programming block called Cartoonito, running from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. The series featured in Cartoonito was acquired from countries worldwide and was available in both English and French. The block was later spun off into a separate channel on 24 May 2007, as Cartoonito expanded its broadcast hours by taking the whole daytime slot formerly given to Cartoon Network Too. In turn, Cartoon Network Too became a 24-hour channel replacing Toonami UK's former channel space. From September 2009 to March 2010, a morning Cartoonito block aired on Boomerang until its launch on Virgin Media.[citation needed] On 15 January 2018, Cartoonito UK relaunched as a 24-hour channel.[9]

Brand Rollout

In May 2011, Turner Broadcasting System Europe announced a rollout of the Cartoonito brand across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; under the arrangement, programming blocks would launch on Cartoon Network or Boomerang channels in that region.[10]

Cartoonito launched as a morning block on Cartoon Network Arabic in the Middle East on 4 September 2011, broadcasting seven days a week. Simultaneously, Cartoonito was also available in English in the Middle East via another morning block on the pan-European feed of Boomerang. Both blocks ended on 1 January 2014 (Boomerang) and on 1 April 2014 (Cartoon Network), but the Arabic Cartoon Network would reintroduce Cartoonito on 24 March 2019, now airing Sunday through Thursdays at 9:30 KSA Local Time.

In Spain, Cartoonito was launched as a 24-hour channel on 1 September 2011, as part of Turner Broadcasting System EMEA plans to roll out the brand across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The move also increased Cartoonito's distribution to 125 million homes in 112 territories.[11] On 30 June 2013, the channel was shut down alongside the Spanish feed of Cartoon Network.

On 1 December 2012, Cartoonito launched in the Asia Pacific and the Philippines through SkyCable. Cartoonito is available as part of its Metropack and on an a la carte basis via Skycable Select.[12] Cartoonito was replaced by Boomerang on 1 January 2015.

Global Expansion

United States

With the announcement of Batwheels on 6 October 2020, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics president Tom Ascheim implied about plans for Cartoon Network to attract a preschool audience. In a 5 February 2021 interview with Kidscreen, Ascheim revealed that Cartoon Network would be expanding its programming offerings to include series aimed at families, girls, and preschool children.[13] The interview coincided with the acquisition of broadcast rights to Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, a reboot of the original Thomas & Friends series.[14]

On 17 February, WarnerMedia announced that Cartoonito would officially launch in the United States on Cartoon Network and streaming service HBO Max, with the brand to encompass a programming block on the former and an additional streaming component for the latter.[15] Launch programming includes 20 new series, including Bugs Bunny Builders, Little Ellen and Tom and Jerry Junior from Warner Bros. Animation; Bea's Block and Mecha Builders from Sesame Workshop; Jessica's Big Little World (a spin-off of the Cartoon Network original series Craig of the Creek); and acquired series Ladybird Lu, Lucas the Spider, and Mush-Mush & The Mushables.

Latin America

In October 2021, Sky Brasil announced that Cartoonito would be launching in Brazil on 1 December 2021, replacing Boomerang.[16] A few days later, the argentine pay television service Telered announced the replacement of Boomerang to Cartoonito for the rest of Latin America on the same date.[17]

United Kingdom & EMEA (possible rebrand)

In May 2021, WarnerMedia UK and EMEA announced plans to relaunching Cartoonito within their region.[18] The brand will re-enter the market later on Spring 2022, with its programming block on its streaming service HBO Max (or HBO Go).[19]

Asia Pacific/Southeast Asia (relaunch)

Cartoonito is scheduled to return to Southeast Asia by Spring 2022 with the same rebrand as its international counterpart.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Whittock, Jesse (21 April 2011). "Cartoonito spreads across EMEA". C21Media. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Soto, Milagros Vallejos (4 November 2021). "New children's channel Cartoonito will replace Boomerang in Latin America". NexTV News Latin America English. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  3. ^ "1996 Baby Looney Tunes Warner Bros Crib set, bumper comforter". Etsy. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Vintage Baby Looney Tune Lamp 1997 Warner Bros". eBay. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  5. ^ June 2002, Simon Applebaum 12 (12 June 2002). "Cartoon Revives 'Looney Tunes' Franchise". Multichannel News. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  6. ^ (30 June 2010). "Tiny TV back on Pogo from 5 July". Indian Television Dot Com. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Cartoon Network's "Tickle U" Is No Laughing Matter; CCFC Urges Families to Stay Away From New Preschool Programming | Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood". 8 July 2017. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ Tribune. "Network hopes to help develop preschoolers' sense of humor". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Cartoonito UK Now Available 24 Hours A Day". Regular Capital. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  10. ^ McLean, Tom (21 April 2011). "Turner Expands Cartoonito to Europe, Mideast, Africa". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Turner Broadcasting to launch Cartoonito across EMEA". AMEinfo. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Cartoonito Launches in the Philippines - Yahoo! Finance". 9 February 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  13. ^ "WarnerMedia's roadmap for world domination". Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Cartoon Network, Netflix snap up new 2D Thomas". Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  15. ^ "WarnerMedia Expands Kids & Family Offerings on Cartoon Network and HBO Max Under New Tagline Redraw Your World" (Press release). WarnerMedia. 17 February 2021. Archived from the original on 17 February 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  16. ^ ANMTV. "Boomerang passa a se chamar Cartoonito no Brasil". ANMTV (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Boomerang tambien pasará a ser Cartoonito para el público hispanoamericano". Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  18. ^ "C21Media » WarnerMedia eyes preschool originals » Print".
  19. ^ "WarnerMedia takes German preschool series Spookies for Cartoonito, HBO Max". C21media. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
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