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Cartoonito (American programming block)

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Cartoonito - Logo 2021.svg
LaunchedSeptember 13, 2021; 41 days ago (2021-09-13)
Country of originUnited States
OwnerThe Cartoon Network, Inc. (Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics)
Running time8 hours (weekdays)
2 hours (weekends)
Original language(s)English

Cartoonito is an American programming block that premiered on September 13, 2021 on Cartoon Network. The brand name is also used as a dedicated section on the streaming service HBO Max. Cartoonito targets a preschool audience around 2–6 years old.[1]


Cartoonito is a brand name currently used by AT&T's WarnerMedia for a collection of television networks and programming blocks internationally including a United Kingdom and Ireland channel.

Previous programming attempts (1996–2006)

Educational block (1996–2005)

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 by the Children's Television Workshop, Small World, and Cave Kids. However, Big Bag ran until 1998, while Small World ran until 2002.

Once Big Bag left Cartoon Network's line-up in 2001, Baby Looney Tunes, along with Pecola, Sitting Ducks, and Hamtaro, filled that line-up in 2003. The block moved to weekday mornings afterward.

Tickle-U (2005–2006)

Tickle-U was Cartoon Network's first attempt at an official weekday-morning preschool programming block, premiering on August 22, 2005, and aired from 9 to 11 a.m. ET/PT.

Programs on the line-up included two Teletoon/Treehouse series: Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs and Gerald McBoing-Boing, acquired British shows: Gordon the Garden Gnome, Peppa Pig, Little Robots, and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!. Firehouse Tales was the only original series (produced by Warner Bros. Animation). The block featured two CGI characters as hosts: named Pipoca and Henderson. Unlike their original counterparts, the British-acquired shows featured an American voice cast.

After Tickle-U closed in 2006, some of its programming still reran on Cartoon Network on weekday mornings, until 2007. They’ve also reran on Cartoonito in the UK.


Launch (2021)

On February 5, 2021, Tom Ascheim stated in an interview with Kidscreen that Cartoon Network would expand its offerings to include series aimed at family audiences, girls, and preschoolers, in order to compete with some other preschool blocks like Disney Junior, PBS Kids and Nick Jr..[2] The interview ended with the acquisition of the broadcast rights to Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, a reboot of the original Thomas & Friends series.

These plans culminated on February 17, when it was announced that WarnerMedia's international preschool brand Cartoonito would come to Cartoon Network in the United States (in addition to a streaming component on HBO Max).[3] Over 20 series are expected to be featured at its 2021 launch.[4]

In March 2021, the website for the block was made.[5]

On June 14, 2021, new idents of the block appeared on videos (which includes Esme and Roy, Mush-Mush and the Mushables, Care Bears: Unlock the Magic, and Love Monster) on Cartoonito's YouTube channel, and a newsletter was announced, with a new banner and avatar on the Cartoonito YouTube Channel in July.[6] A trailer for the block was released on July 29, 2021.[7] It was revealed that the mascots for the block use they/them pronouns.[8] Sneak previews of Cartoonito’s programming appeared on Cartoon Network in August.

On August 16, 2021, it was announced the block would launch on September 13, 2021 (with Baby Looney Tunes being the first show to air). On Cartoon Network, the block runs for 8 hours (6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) ET/PT) on weekdays and 2 hours (6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. ET/PT) on weekends.[9]


Current programming

Acquired programming

Title Premiere date Production company(s) Source(s)
Bing September 13, 2021 Acamar Films
Brown Bag Films
Caillou CINAR/Cookie Jar Entertainment
Mush-Mush and the Mushables La Cabane Productions
Cake Entertainment
Pocoyo Zinkia Entertainment [11]
Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go Nelvana
Mattel Television
Esme & Roy September 18, 2021 Sesame Workshop
Lucas the Spider Fresh TV
Cake Entertainment
Care Bears: Unlock the Magic September 19, 2021 Cloudco Entertainment [b][c]
Love Monster BBC Children's Productions
Boat Rocker Studios
Karrot Animation
A Productions

Programming from Cartoon Network and Kids' WB!

Warner Bros. Animation
Title Premiere date Source(s)
Baby Looney Tunes September 13, 2021 [note 1][b]

Short-form programming

Title Premiere date Source(s)
The Beepers September 13, 2021
Lucas the Spider shorts
Pocoyo shorts
Wide Load Vacay

Upcoming programming

Original programming

Cartoon Network Studios
Title Premiere date Source(s)
Jessica's Big Little World TBA [c]
Warner Bros. Animation
Title Premiere date Source(s)
Bugs Bunny Builders 2022 [c]
Batwheels [16][c]
Tom and Jerry Time [17][c]
Unlimited Squirrels! TBA [c]

Acquired programming

Title Premiere date Production company(s) Source(s)
Dylan Fall 2021 9 Story Media Group
Brown Bag Films
Odo Sixteen South [10]
Ladybird Lu TBA Brown Bag Films
9 Story Media Group

HBO Max exclusive programming

The following Cartoonito programs will stream exclusively on HBO Max.

Original programming

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Little Ellen Comedy September 13, 2021 1 season, 40 episodes 15 min. Ongoing
The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (season 2) Talk show September 30, 2021 1 season, 3 episodes 15 min. Ongoing

Acquired programming

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Mo Willems Storytime Shorts[d] Musical series/Fantasy September 13, 2021 1 seasons, 14 episodes 6–9 min. Pending
Sesame Street[e] Education 1 season, 35 episodes 23 min. Ongoing

Upcoming original programming

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Bea's Block[19] TBA TBA TBA TBA Series order
Mecha Builders Series order

See also


  1. ^ Season 1 previously premiered on HBO, and Season 2 has been on the HBO Max platform since 2020.
  2. ^ a b Previously aired on Boomerang and its streaming service.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Simultaneously premieres on both Cartoon Network and HBO Max
  4. ^ Has been on the platform since 2020.
  5. ^ Season 52 will premiere in fall 2021. As part of Sesame Workshop's deal with HBO which has been in agreement since 2015, newer seasons air on PBS Kids nine months after they premiere on HBO Max.
  1. ^ Originally aired on Cartoon Network (and Kids' WB for Seasons 1–3) as a Warner Bros. Animation production.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (February 5, 2021). "WarnerMedia's roadmap for world domination". Kidscreen.
  3. ^ "WarnerMedia Kids & Family to Debut Cartoonito, New Preschool Programming Block Based on Humancentric Learning to Launch this Fall on Cartoon Network and HBO Max" (Press release). WarnerMedia. February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 17, 2021). "Cartoon Network, HBO Max Double Down on Preschool Fare". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "Cartoonito | Cartoon Network's New Preschool Block | Coming Soon". Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  8. ^ "Cartoonito Debuts Program Trailer and 'Sneak Peek' Clips". Animation World Network. July 29, 2021. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  9. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (August 16, 2021). "Cartoonito Pre-K Block Debuts Sept. 13 on HBO Max & Cartoon Network". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c Milligan, Mercedes (July 27, 2021). "Cartoonito Greenlights 'Dylan,' Adds 'Bing,' 'Odo' & 'Pocoyo' to Lineup". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Stalcup, Jamie (August 17, 2021). "WarnerMedia Sets Cartoonito Launch Date & Slate". WorldScreen. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (2021-02-05). "Cartoon Network, Netflix snap up new 2D Thomas". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  14. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (2021-07-29). "Cartoonito Pre-K Block Debuts Trailer, First-Looks at 'Little Ellen' & 'Lucas the Spider'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  15. ^ "Cartoonito on Instagram: "There are millions of stars in the sky but …". 2021-08-05. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  16. ^ Ankers, Adele (2021-09-13). "Batwheels: Ethan Hawke Voicing Batman in New DC Preschool Animated Series". IGN. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  17. ^ "Brand-New 'Tom and Jerry Time' Coming to Cartoonito". Animation World Network. 2021-09-13. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  18. ^ "9 Story Media Group's 'Ladybird Lu' Gets the Green Light". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  19. ^ Hayes, Dade (2021-02-17). "WarnerMedia Unveils Ambitious Preschool And Kids Blocks On HBO Max, Cartoon Network; Preschool Slate To Reach 50 Originals By 2023". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-10.

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