Cartoon Network (Indian TV channel)

Cartoon Network is an Indian cable and satellite television channel operated by AT&T's WarnerMedia under its International division. The channel is Indian equivalent to the original American network and was launched on 1 May 1995, as the first kids' network in India. The channel, primarily airs animated programming.[citation needed]

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network logo.svg
Broadcast areaIndia
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Picture format16:9 or letterboxed (576i SDTV)
Sister channels
  • 1 May 1995; 26 years ago (1995-05-01)
Asianet DigitalChannel 114
Siti CableChannel 443
HathwayChannel 403
Sreedevi DigitalChannel 343
DENChannel 429
GTPLChannel 363
In DigitalChannel 424
Airtel Digital TVChannel 449
NXT DigitalChannel 424
Sun DirectChannel 528
Tata SkyChannel 667
Videocon d2hChannel 1113
Dish TVChannel 953



The original Cartoon Network logo, used from 1 May 1995 to 16 June 2004. The logo is still in use as a trademark.

Cartoon Network was the first dedicated kids channel in India, which was launched 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.[2]

In 2004, a separate feed of the channel dedicated to Pakistani and Bangladeshi viewers was started.[3]


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.[citation needed]

On 4 January 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.[4]

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.[5][6]


The following year, 2000, saw more Cartoon Network originals being introduced, including The Powerpuff Girls, Mike, Lu & Og and Courage the Cowardly Dog. DC Animated Universe series started premiering in 2000s starting with Batman: The Animated Series (2000) followed by The New Batman Adventures (2000), Batman Beyond (2001), Superman: The Animated Series (2001) and Justice League (2002).[7][8][9] On 28 February a Tamil feed was launched on the network.[10]

In 2001, Sheep in the Big City, Time Squad and Samurai Jack premiered in India.[11] On 1 July 2001 Cartoon Network became a 24-hour channel.[2]

In September 2001, Toonami block was introduced that primarily consists of Japanese anime and occasionally American action animation like Dragon Ball Z, Inazuma Eleven, Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Superman: The Animated Series.[12] A Night Shift block was introduced in November 2001 to target Teens and adults. The programming include Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, The Brak Show, Galtar and the Golden Lance, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.[13]

In 2002 Cartoon Network signed deal with Mattel to air Barbie films starting with Barbie as Rapunzel, which premiered on 4 November 2002.[14]

On 27 January 2003, Tiny TV, a preschool programming block, was launched. This block was later shifted to sister channel Pogo TV.[15] The channel also started acquiring local series and films in 2003 starting with The Adventures of Tenali Raman.[16] Other acquisitions include series like The Adventures of Chhota Birbal, Akbar and Birbal, Jungle Tales and television films like Vikram and Betaal.[17][18][19] Pokémon series was launched on 26 May 2003.[20]

Cartoon Network's second logo, used in various forms and styles from 16 June 2004 to 30 September 2011

On 16 June 2004, 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.

The Life and Times of Juniper Lee premiered on CN India on 11 September 2005.[21]

It also started the anime series Beyblade on 3 June 2005,[22] which enjoyed a No.1 or No.2 position in the kids genre, along with Pokémon.[23][24]

The channel continued to air new episodes and seasons from Beyblade and Pokémon, and their movies, which continued to rank No.1 and No.2 in the kids' genre.[25] Half Ticket Express a preschool block was launched which aired series like Dragon Tales, Franklin and The Koala Brothers.[26] Another programming block Thoda Meow Thoda Bow featuring Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries was launched on Children's Day.[27]

In 2005 Cartoon Network aired an television special with Aamir Khan to promote Mangal Pandey: The Rising. In this interview style special Khan is interviewed by Johnny Bravo.[28][29]

Camp Lazlo was launched on 12 February 2006.[30]

Cartoon Network launched an action series titled The Justirisers on the action block Toonami on 7 March 2007 and the singer Shankar Mahadevan sang its title track in Hindi.[31] The series after airing all episodes was replaced by Sazer X on 3 July 2007 in which Shaan sung the title track.[32] Boomerang programming block was launched in August 2007 which aired classic properties like Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Popeye[33] and Jackie Chan Adventures.[34]

On 10 October 2007, Cartoon Network started the new series Ben 10,[35]

On 28 June 2009 an episode titled Johnny Goes to Bollywood was aired exclusively in India. The special was produced by Famous House of Animation in Mumbai.[36]

On 11 December 2009, Cartoon Network began to air the next series in the Ben 10 franchise, Ben 10: Alien Force.[37] It also aired new Ben 10 movies.[38][39]

Other notable series acquired by Cartoon Network India were The Adventures of Tintin[40] (2001), Spider-Man: The New Animated Series[41] (2003), Archie's Weird Mysteries[42] (2004), Jumanji[42] (2004), Transformers: Armada[42] (2004) and The Spectacular Spider-Man[43] (2009).


A variation of the network's current logo which resembles its original logo, used as of 1 October 2011.

Cartoon Network started the third series Ben 10 franchise, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien on 10 October 2010.[44] Cartoon Network launched Roll No 21 in November 2010, multiple season and TV movies were launched after the success of first season.[45][46] The new Beyblade series, Beyblade: Metal Fusion began to air on 11 April 2011.[47]

On 1 October 2011, Cartoon Network India along with other feeds in Asia Pacific introduced its new branding and logo.[48] The slogan "It's a Fun Thing!" was also introduced. However unlike the Pakistan[49] and Asian feeds, The Amazing World of Gumball premiered one year later as Gumball Ki Atrangi Duniya.[50]

CN shifted 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.[51]

Oggy and the Cockroaches began broadcasting on Cartoon Network after Nickelodeon lost rights of airing the show on 16 July 2012.[52][53]

CN started the fourth series Ben 10 franchise, Ben 10: Omniverse on 26 November 2012.[54]

In 2013, Cartoon Network acquired the rights of Krrish franchise's animated film series Kid Krrish. The first movie Kid Krrish on 2 October 2013.[55] The film was followed by three additional movies Kid Krrish: Mission Bhutan (premiered on 19 July 2014), Kid Krrish: Mystery in Mongolia (premiered on 27 September 2014) and Kid Krrish: Shakalaka Africa (premiered on 25 April 2015).[56][57]

A television film Chakra: The Invincible based on the character created by Stan Lee aired on 30 November 2013.[58]

In 2015, Cartoon Network launched three series in India, Uncle Grandpa and Beyblade: Shogun Steel on 26 April and Clarence on 1 June.[57][59]

Cartoon Network celebrated 20th Anniversary in May 2015. A programming block Happy Birthday Cartoon Network which aired ongoing series like Horrid Henry and Oggy and the Cockroaches as well as classic series like The Flintstones, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Courage the Cowardly Dog.[60]

In December 2015, Cartoon Network aired two specials for the promotion of Hindi film Dilwale. The first special Kris Aur Shahrukh Khan Ki Dilwale Bollywood Class aired on 19 December while Oggy Ki Birthday Party aired on 25 December.[61]

The Powerpuff Girls reboot series premiered on 9 April 2016 in India and other Asian Pacific countries while the Ben 10 reboot premiered on 8 October 2016.[62][63]


The network acquired series Bandbudh Aur Budbak in April 2020.[64][65]Ben 10 Versus the Universe: The Movie was premiered on 10 October 2020 on the channel.[66] The fourth season of Tom and Jerry came on 14 November 2020 with new voiceover commentary.[67]

After a three year of gap, an anime came on the channel which was Shinchan's spin off series Super Shiro started airing on network from 22 February 2021.[68] CN also acquired Nate is Late in March 2021. The channel launched original animated series called Dabangg on 31 May 2021.[69][70] On 27 June 2021 the channel launched its first CN 3D Indian original animated series Ekans : Ek Se Badhkar Snake.[71]


Related projectsEdit

Cartoon Network HD+Edit

Cartoon Network HD+
Broadcast area
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Picture format16:9 (1080p HDTV)
Sister channels
  • 15 April 2018; 3 years ago (2018-04-15)
GTPLChannel 172
Bengal Digital (Bangladesh)Channel 447
Medianet (Maldives)Channel 209
Airtel digital TVChannel 452
Sun DirectChannel 949
Tata SkyChannel 666
Akash DTH (Bangladesh)Channel 453
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 51 (in SD format)

Cartoon Network HD+ (also called CN HD+) launched on 15 April 2018 and is an ad free channel. The channel was launched in India and was eventually launched on popular operators in neighbouring countries.

The channel contains shows from Cartoon Network Studios and select acquired content. Many Cartoon Network originals are shown exclusively on this channel and mostly unavailable on the SD channel.

CN HD+ is available in four languages. Programs which are earlier broadcast by CN SD channel like We Bare Bears, The Powerpuff Girls etc. are also available in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu.[72]

Pogo TVEdit

Pogo TV was launched on 1 January 2004. Along with CN, it also aired animated and live-action shows. But nowadays, it only airs original Indian animation shows.


On 26 February 2015, Turner India launched a new channel based on the mature animation/anime block Toonami. The channel in July 2017 revamped itself as a classic animation channel before ceasing operations completely at the end of 15 May 2018.[73]

Cartoon Network HindiEdit

Cartoon Network Hindi is a Hindi-language television channel available in the Middle East and North Africa, aimed at Indian expatriates in the region. Launched on 1 April 2016, the channel is exclusively available on BeIN Network satellite television platform.[74]

Cartoon Network BlockEdit

Zee TV launched a Cartoon Network programming block on 14 August 2002, replacing Nickelodeon's programing block. 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.[75]

On 8 July 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.[76][77]

Digital and OTT dealsEdit

On 24 June 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.[78]

On 29 August 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.[79]


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.[80]

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