Cartoon Network is an Indian television channel, available on major Indian satellite and cable television providers. The channel primarily airs animated shows in four different languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English. It is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It started airing on 1 May 1995 as the first kids' channel in India. It is also the sister channel of Pogo TV.
|Launched||1 May 1995|
15 April 2018 (HD+ channel)
|Network||Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults|
|Owned by||Turner International India|
|Picture format||4:3 (576i, SDTV) |
16:9 (1080i, HDTV) (HD+ channel only)
|Dish TV||Channel 953|
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 605|
|Sun Direct||Channel 528 (SD)|
Channel 969 (HD)
|Tata Sky||Channel 666 (SD)|
Channel 665 (HD)
|Videocon d2h||Channel 501|
|Airtel digital TV||Channel 449 (SD)|
Channel 450 (HD)
|Dish Home (Nepal)||Channel 800 (in English)|
|Dish TV Sri Lanka||Channel 2706|
|Dialog TV (Sri Lanka HD+ verion in sd)||Channel 51|
|Asianet Digital||Channel 330|
|Siti Cable||Channel 442|
|In Digital||Channel 325|
|Sreedevi Digital||Channel 343|
|GTPL||Channel 363 (SD)|
Channel 172 (HD)
The channel first broadcast on 1 May 1995 as a dual-channel with Cartoon Network operating from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (later 9:00 p.m.) and Turner Classic Movies (formerly TNT) taking up the remainder of the daily schedule. On 1 July 2001, Cartoon Network (India) became a separate 24-hour channel. In 2004, a separate feed of the channel dedicated to Pakistani and Bangladeshi viewers was started. Programmes broadcast on this feed are different from the Indian feed. It has a translation in some areas. The channel was basically a relay version of Cartoon Network (India) in the start which is not the case now. Cartoon Network (India) is the only channel which aired the English dubbed version of Heidi in 2001. This show has not premiered on any other Cartoon Network channel worldwide.
It originally aired only Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as The Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, The Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. The channel quickly started to develop, airing for the first time MGM cartoons (Tom and Jerry, Droopy, and Spike and Tyke) in 1996, and (after Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996) Warner Bros shows (Looney Tunes, and several other Looney Tunes related cartoons) in 1997. In 1998, Cartoon Network started to air its first original shows (Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Moxy Show), however The Moxy Show was soon cancelled.
On January 4, 1999, the channel started to offer Hindi-dubbed versions of its shows, such as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, The Mask: The Animated Series, The Addams Family, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Captain Planet and certain other select programs.
On 22 August 1999, the channel received a rebrand, introducing new bumpers, new shows and a new 'powerhouse' theme. The new shows for 1999 were its original shows Dexter's Laboratory, Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel, Ed, Edd n' Eddy and Johnny Bravo. The following year, 2000, saw even more Cartoon Network originals being introduced, including The Powerpuff Girls, Mike, Lu & Og and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Some of these shows (Mike, Lu & Og, Ed, Edd n' Eddy and Courage the Cowardly Dog) were not produced by Cartoon Network Studios, however.
In February 2000, the channel has then decided to offer Tamil dubbed versions of their content.
In 2001, the rate of new Cartoon Network originals kept going, with Sheep in the Big City, Time Squad and Samurai Jack being brought in. Due to the large number of Cartoon Network originals that were on Cartoon Network, they decided to name these shows Cartoon Cartoons, which led to the Friday night block Cartoon Cartoon Fridays being introduced to India later in 2001. In 2000, Cartoon Network (India) aired the English-dubbed version of Heidi, Girl of the Alps. This show has neither aired on any other channels dubbed in English, nor has appeared on other international Cartoon Network channels. Also in 2001, Cartoon Network introduced other programming blocks including Toonami, Acme Hour, Prime Time, Boomerang (now a channel as well) and Cartoon Network After Dark. Cartoon Network's Toonami Block aired the American version of the cult Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z for the first time in India in the same year.
2002 saw more Cartoon Cartoons introduced including Grim & Evil, Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? and Codename: Kids Next Door. Grim & Evil eventually spun off into two separate series: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne. Justice League and ¡Mucha Lucha! also debuted on Cartoon Network in 2002. In 2003, there were no new Cartoon Network original shows added to the schedule, but there were several new programming blocks and non-Cartoon Cartoons added. The programming blocks include Boomeraction (currently a block on Boomerang), and Tiny TV (currently a block on Pogo & Boomerang). Shows added to the line-up in 2003 include The Mask: The Animated Series, Pokémon, Digimon, and X-Men: Evolution. In 2004, the channel introduced Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, a completely new programme at the time which debuted that year. Programming blocks introduced in 2004 include Fridays and Eyeballs A Go-Go. Also, 2005 was the year that the Boomerang programming block was made into a TV channel, which is largely unavailable in India.
In 2005, the bumpers were replaced with 3D animations of the 'CN (Cartoon Network) City' that all the Cartoon Network toons lived in. Show-specific bumpers were replaced with 3D animations of a well-known scene from the particular show (e.g., a Dexter's Laboratory bumper would feature Dexter's house, a Powerpuff Girls bumper would feature most likely the PPG household, and so forth). The retro checkerboard logo was replaced with the new 'CN' city-style logo, which was replaced in 2011 with the current logo.
In 2006, several new Cartoon Network originals premiered, including Robotboy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Camp Lazlo, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, My Gym Partner's a Monkey and Squirrel Boy. The "Cartoon Cartoons" moniker previously used for Cartoon Network originals was also dropped in 2006.
On 31 August 2008, the format of Cartoon Network's commercials changed. They also changed the name of Cartoon Network Theatre (the movie block of the channel) to Cartoon Network Popcorn with the major visual theme being recurring 'dynamic lines'. Later in 2009, Cartoon Network began to air Dragon Ball, the predecessor to Dragon Ball Z, for the first time in India.
Cartoon Network started the third series in the hit Ben 10 franchise, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien on 10 October 2010. The new Beyblade series, Beyblade: Metal Fusion began to air in 2010-2011, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 4-5 pm.
On 1 October 2011, Cartoon Network introduced its new branding and logo. Designed by Brand New School, it makes heavy use of the black and white checkerboard motif, as well as CMYK color variations and patterns. The slogan "It's a Fun Thing!" was also introduced. However unlike the Pakistan and Asian feeds, The Amazing World of Gumball premiered one year later as Gumball Ki Atrangi Duniya.
As the slogan suggests, comedy programs began to occupy most of the timeslots. While initially Tom and Jerry made up most of the timeslots, later when Oggy and the Cockroaches was started in India in July 2012, CN began to air it hours together each day, which even continued till 2014. In January 2015, Cartoon Network (India) lost the rights to Oggy and the Cockroaches Seasons 1 to 3 in 2015, and Season 4 in mid 2017 to Nickelodeon.
Though CN mostly aired comedy shows, action shows like Beyblade: Metal Fusion (and its following seasons), aired initially in the evening timeslot, and later at night (9 pm). It also aired Dragonball Z at a late night timeslot (10pm).
Starting from the new era,"It's a Fun Thing", CN began to air shows without providing any information through airings on the channel, like on-air promos and bumpers. ThunderCats, Beyblade Metal Masters, and Beyblade Metal Fury, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated were started with no information about air date and timings on the channel, and information present only on TV schedules.
Animated shows like Green Lantern: The Animated Series, DreamWorks Dragons, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Looney Tunes Show, and ThunderCats aired, but for some reason all of these shows aired only the first seasons, and the second seasons haven't been aired yet.
CN shifted the hit series Pokémon to its sister channel Pogo in 2011, having aired till the eleventh season, but later brought it back on CN in 2014, starting from the fourteenth-season episode "Pokémon: Black and White".
In 2015 Summer and Monsoon, new shows like Uncle Grandpa, Beyblade: Shogun Steel, Clarence, and new episodes of Ben 10 Omniverse started to air. In May 2015, Cartoon Network (India) celebrated its 20th birthday with specials of various shows including specials from the classic The Flintstones. Starting June 2015, it started to air new promos for each new episode of weekly-once shows like Steven Universe, Ben 10 Omniverse, and Uncle Grandpa
Since 2016 CN (India) started showing the programmes in 16:9 aspect ratio, however the channel is still natively in 4:3.
In August 2017 Cartoon Network started airing Oggy and the Cockroaches from Season 5 onwards. Like before it airs continuously throughout the day. Cartoon Network also aired some classic shows during weekend nights on a block called Get Tooned with Toonami, but was abruptly discontinued in October in favour of Dragon Ball Super.
On 1 September 2017 the Bang Zoom dub of Dragon Ball Super started airing weekends on Cartoon Network at a late time slot without any promotion. It was previously aired on Toonami until it became a classic cartoon channel. In mid December 2017 Cartoon Network quietly started airing Dragon Ball Z movies on Sunday nights.
Zee TV launched a Cartoon Network programming block in 2002. The block featured programs like Scooby-Doo, The Mask: Animated Series, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Pinky and the Brain, Samurai Jack, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Tom and Jerry Kids, Superman: The Animated Series, Captain Planet, Ed, Edd N Eddy, The Road Runner Show, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Sheep in the Big City, Mike, Lu & Og, Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Batman: The Animated Series. It aired programs twice in a day.
In 2006 DD National introduced a Cartoon Network block named "Cartoon Network ki Duniya" which aired programs like Codename: Kids Next Door, M.A.D. (from sister channel Pogo) and Galli Galli Sim Sim.
In 2016, Turner India signed a distribution deal with Viacom 18's OTT app Voot. Through this strategic tie-up Voot can stream Turner's properties from Cartoon Network and Pogo TV like The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter's Laboratory, Roll No. 21, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo and M.A.D in their Kids section.
In 2017, Turner International India signed a deal with Amazon Prime Video India. Through this deal Amazon can stream Cartoon Network shows like Ben 10 (2005 TV series), Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, Kumbh Karan, Roll No 21 and Dexter's Laboratory in their Kids and Family section.
Cartoon Network Hindi is a Hindi language television channel available in the Middle East and North Africa, aimed at Indian expatriates in the region. This version is operated by TBS Europe (which also handles the channels in the region), unlike the South Asian version which is a part of TBS Asia Pacific. Launched on 1 April 2016, the channel is exclusively available on BeIN Network satellite television platform.
On January 12, 2017, the channel converted to full HD (1080i), in addition to rebranding to the Dimensional package.
In 2014, Cartoon Network partnered with Tata Sky to launch an active service called CN+. The service is available every day for about one to two hours. It airs select episodes from hit programmes such as Ben 10 (and related series), Beyblade: Metal Fusion (and related series), Cartoon Network Original Shows like The Amazing World of Gumball, League of Super Evil, Tom and Jerry (and related series), Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, and movies from Ben 10, Pokémon among others.
On February 26, 2015, Turner India launched a new channel based on its former block, Toonami. It featured shows such as Batman, Superman, Justice League, Transformers, and Dragon Ball Z. On July 1, the channel transformed into a replica of Boomerang and aired shows such as The Jetsons, The Flintstones and Yogi Bear. The channel ceased operations at the end of May 15, 2018.
Cartoon Network is a group of television channels worldwide created by Turner Broadcasting System which focus is to primarily show original animated programming. Here is a list of Cartoon Network feeds around the world:
Cartoon Network in English and Latin American Spanish via SAP (second audio program). Launched on October 1, 1992 and it is the United States or original branch of the channel.
Cartoon Network Arabic in Arabic
Cartoon Network (Argentina) in Latin American Spanish and English
Cartoon Network (Australia and New Zealand) in English
Cartoon Network (Brazil) in Brazilian Portuguese and English
Cartoon Network (Canada) in English
Cartoon Network (Central and Eastern Europe) in Romanian, Hungarian and Czech
Cartoon Network (Middle East and Africa) in English and Greek
Cartoon Network (France) in French and English
Cartoon Network (Germany) in German and English
Cartoon Network (India) in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu
Cartoon Network (Israel) in Hebrew (A programming block on Arutz HaYeladim)
Cartoon Network (Italy) in Italian and English
Cartoon Network (Japan) in Japanese and mostly English as well
Cartoon Network (Latin America) in Latin American Spanish and English
Cartoon Network (Mexico) in Latin American Spanish and English
Cartoon Network (Netherlands) in Dutch and English
Cartoon Network (Nordic) in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English
Cartoon Network (Pakistan) in Hindi (Urdu) and English
Cartoon Network (Philippine) in English
Cartoon Network (Poland) in Polish and English
Cartoon Network (Portugal) in Standard Portuguese for Portugal, Angola and Mozambique
Cartoon Network (Russia and Southeastern Europe) in Bulgarian, Russian and English
Cartoon Network (South Korea) in Korean
Cartoon Network (Southeast Asia) in English, Thai, Indonesian and Malay
Cartoon Network (Vietnam) in Vietnamese and English
Cartoon Network (Taiwan) in Chinese and English
Cartoon Network (Turkey) in Turkish and English
Cartoon Network (UK and Ireland) in EnglishCrime Time
Crime Time is a series of animated shorts produced by Future Thought Productions, produced by Jay Zaveri and Steven Kasper, directed by Nassos VakalisGalli Galli Sim Sim
Galli Galli Sim Sim (Devanagari: गली गली सिम सिम) is the Hindi language adaptation of the American children's television series Sesame Street (famous for its Muppets), for India. For the first five seasons it was co-produced by Sesame Workshop and Turner Entertainment, through Miditech. The show's Indian production company is known as Sesame Workshop India.
Production of the show is based in Delhi. Filming of the first season's 65 half-hour episodes began in February 2006, with the premiere held on 15 August 2006. Until now the show has produced 10 seasons.
Funding for the initial development phase of Sesame Workshop India was provided through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ICICI Bank and Turner Broadcasting.Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 is an American—Canadian 3D CGI animated television series created by Mattel, Nelvana Limited, and Nerd Corps Entertainment, based on the Hot Wheels toy line by the American toy maker, Mattel which was introduced in 1968. A two-episode preview aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on August 24, 2009; it was shown on Cartoon Network India starting on April 30, 2010 and on Cartoon Network Philippines from July 3, 2010. The series made its official debut on August 29. According to a HotWheels.com page as of July 14, 2010 describing "BATTLE FORCE 5 Battle Action Assortment" toys, vehicles combine forces to create even more powerful combat machines. The second season began airing September 18, 2010.
The first trailer for the series was released on the official Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 website on June 25, 2009. The first two episodes aired on Monday, August 24. This is the fourth production by Nerd Corps Entertainment, following Storm Hawks, League of Super Evil, and Dragon Booster.Jungle Tales (TV series)
Jungle Tales is an Indian animated television series produced by Moving Pictures Company India. It is an adaptation of stories from the Panchatantra and it was the first indigenous 3D animation programming on the small screen. It premiered on 6 November 2004 on Cartoon Network.Kid Krrish
Kid Krrish is an Indian animated television film produced by Toonz Animation, Film Kraft Productions and Turner International India. It was released on 2 October 2013 and is part of Kid Krrish film series, which itself is part of Krrish franchise, with its three sequels: Kid Krrish: Mission Bhutan, Kid Krrish: Mystery in Mongolia and Kid Krrish: Shakalaka Africa.Kid Krrish was planned as the first movie in the four part series of Kid Krrish films as a part of Krrish franchise.Krishna (film series)
Krishna:The Animated Movie series consists of 4 films and is created by Greengold Animations India. The story is based on Indian Mythology, involving the early life of Krishna. It airs on Cartoon Network India and Pogo.Lamput
Lamput is an Indian series of shorts created by Vaibhav Kumaresh and produced by Vaibhav Studios, consisting of 15 seconds micro shorts that were extended to 2 minutes for the second season. It airs on Cartoon Network (India).List of Indian animated television series
This is the list of animated television series produced in India.List of programmes broadcast by Cartoon Network (India)
In India, Cartoon Network is available in four languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English. The channel carries a number of popular animated shows mainly from the WB vault and the Cartoon Network Studios.
Cartoon Network never aired the original English version of some shows in India, such as Chowder, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and My Gym Partner's a Monkey. Even on the English feed of the channel, these shows were broadcast in Hindi. There was no official reason provided by the channel for this move.Matt Hatter Chronicles
Matt Hatter Chronicles, produced by Nigel Stone at Platinum Films, Arc Productions, and Dream Mill, is a United Kingdom, Canadian and Indian animated series that started airing on Teletoon on 8 September 2012. The CGI series stars Tommy Campbell as Matt Hatter, Larissa Murray as Roxie, Marcel Mccalla as Gomez and Kevin Eldon as Tenoroc. The series was primarily recorded at Pinewood Studios in the UK.It airs on Cartoon Network in India (premiered 19 May 2014) and will be broadcast in South Asia across Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka on Cartoon Network. In India, it airs, Monday to Thursday, in 4 languages: English, Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. UK Platinum Films, which produces and distributes the series, appointed CGI animation studio Xentrix Studios in Bengaluru, India to animate Season 3, which aired later in 2014. The new season's premiere date is 13 April 2015 on Cartoon Network (India).Pogo (TV channel)
Pogo is a cable and satellite television channel created by Turner International India, a unit of WarnerMedia for the Indian subcontinent which primarily shows animated programming and some live-action shows. It is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.In Thailand, Pogo is available as a two-hour block on Family Channel 13.. It is also the sister channel of Cartoon Network (India). Pogo aims to reach 1 million kids across 10 cities in IndiaPokémon anime in India
Pokémon is a Japanese anime series. It came to Indian television in 2003, first airing on Cartoon Network. Later, it was also shown on Pogo. From 2014, Pokémon was shown on Hungama TV and then shifted to Disney XD India which later was rebranded into Marvel HQ. The Pokémon anime is dubbed in three languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. In 2014, the Pokémon anime had an Indian audience of 100.8 million viewers on Hungama TV.Rajesh Kava
Rajesh Kava (born 18 March 1979) is an Indian voice actor, fluent in Hindi as well as Urdu and English.
He is best known for being the third Hindi dub-over voice artist for Daniel Radcliffe's role as Harry Potter, in the last three Harry Potter films, after it was passed on from Ami Trivedi's brother, Karan Trivedi.He is the voice of Jaggu, a monkey from the series Chhota Bheem. He performed in Hindi and Urdu voices in "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" as the character of Riz Ahmed. He has voiced many animals in ads, movies, and serials. He is the voice of all the mice in the serial "Mahadev", which airs on Life OK channel.
He also dubbed for Tamil actors Vijay, Dhanush and mostly for N. Santhanam in several of their films.Roll No 21
Roll No 21 is an Indian animated television series created by Animasia Studio and broadcast on Cartoon Network (India).
The series is known for its visually appealing animation and witty storyline. It also takes place in a fictional school and connects with kids of same age, making it one of the most popular animated series in India.Sons of Ram
Sons of Ram is a 2012 Indian animated film created by ACK Animation Studios, and co-produced by Maya Digital Studios and Cartoon Network India. Based on Indian mythology of the sons of Rama, Luv and Kush, it is Amar Chitra Katha's first animated feature film in stereoscopic 3D. It was released to theatres in India on 2 November 2012.
The movie was screened at the Toronto Animation Arts festival (TAAFI) in 2013. The movie premiered on television on Cartoon Network (India).The Adventures of Tenali Raman
The Adventures of Tenali Rama is an Indian animated television series that premiered on Cartoon Network on 14 June 2003. It was based on one of the most popular and best-loved characters of Indian folklore. It was produced by Toonz Animation Studios. Promoted with the tagline "Get Ready for the Rama Effect", the series aired every Saturday and Sunday on Cartoon Network in India.The Adventures of Tenali Rama is the first Indian animated television series. It was available in both English and Hindi languages on Cartoon Network. Tamil and Kannada translations aired on Chutti TV and Chintu TV respectively.
Tenali Rama is a part of the Cartoon Network's localisation strategy for India. It was the fourth Indian produced animated series acquired by the network. Talking about the reasons for acquiring such India-centric animated series, Ian Diamond, senior vice-president and general manager, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, said, "Providing content based on the Indian story-telling heritage is a critical mandate for Cartoon Network in its mission to contextualise the Network for our Indian audiences."Roger Dondis, the creative director of the Tenali Raman series, recalled: "When I landed at the Toonz Animation Studios in 2001 they had the basic idea and several drawings. The folk tales of Tenali Raman were very short and many of them were not appropriate for modern cartoons so the scriptwriter Arial Prendergast had to take the basic idea and stretch it out. And we had to constantly hold meetings with our Indian colleagues to get the nuances just right."Dan McHale, the animation director of the series, came to train the artists to do the in-betweens and clean up. He also did the voiceover of the character Raj Guru and the theme song for the series. He said, "Though I have done voices before this is the first time I have done the music." P. Jayakumar, Director of Operations, Toonz Animation, said, "To produce a half-hour animation episode in any of the studios in the United States costs around $300,000 and in an [sic] Hollywood Studio it costs around $500,000. While in India it only costs $60,000 to $70,000. The only problem is the quality of animation produced in India is not of international standards even now and many studios fail to make on time delivery. To overcome this problem, Toonz Animation ensures at least 10 percent of their staff has international exposure. These expatriates then train their Indian counterparts. Toonz has been able to curb costs by doing everything here in India, and the 26 episode series of Tenali Raman just cost $50,000 for two 11-minute episodes."The series was also shown in France (at Cannes) where it was appreciated. A comic book edition of Tenali Raman was published by Penguin Books India.Tiny TV
Tiny TV was a programming block of preschool programming on Cartoon Network which was later shifted to POGO.