The cult channel dedicated to children’s animation is celebrating its 30th birthday.
This October 1, 2022, Cartoon Network celebrated its 30th birthday. Officially launched in 1992, the channel dedicated to entertainment has marked a whole generation of children, most of them now in their thirties. At the time, the initiative was a small revolution: it was the first time that a channel centered its entire schedule on animated series. On the sidelines of looney toons, whose tireless reruns will be the platform’s heyday, Cartoon Network will also create (and commission) a whole generation of series through its eponymous production studio. Whether they remind us of old childhood memories or whether they are taking over the new wave, a look back at the best programs on the cult channel.
Adventure Time (2010-2018)
A real concentrate of the absurd and the wacky, Adventure Time is the kind of series unfairly misunderstood by the general public, to which fans nevertheless dedicate a real adoration. In the colorful and sweet world of the Land of Ooo, Jake the rubber band dog and Finn, a young 12 year old boy live a life filled with adventure and beautiful chivalrous morals. Accompanied by their friends and their enemies, like the terrible Ice King, the two troublemakers will deliver for nearly ten years, epic and wacky battles. Much deeper than it looks, the series imagined by Pendleton Ward is a gem of animation.
Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999-2002)
Symbol of creepy 2000s cartoons, Courage the cowardly dog is actually quite terrifying. Going back to it as an adult will also have had the effect of questioning the unconsciousness that our parents had at the time to allow us to watch this kind of program. However, the animated series broadcast between 1999 and 2002 remains a beautiful madeleine of Proust. The adventures of Courage, the little purple dog from the depths of the city of Nowhere in Kansas are all drama: abandoned at birth, unloved by his master Eustache and terrified by the paranormal phenomena that surround him, the animal can happily count on the love of his mistress Murielle. A UFO has rediscover adult, but No keep in all hands.
Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003)
In his secret laboratory, the young Dexter, 11 years old, intends to become the greatest genius that the earth has ever known. That’s without counting on her big sister Dee Dee, passionate about classical dance and — let’s face it — not very smart. It’s hard to concentrate on her inventions when the 13-year-old girl spends her days risking chemical disaster. With the cynicism and maturity of the Cartoon Network series of the 2000s, Dexter’s lab is a nugget of its kind, which young French speakers were able to discover from 1999 on France 3 in the program Minikeums. Only four seasons have been released, but the series forever marks our minds.
Teen Titan Go! (2013 – ongoing)
Silly, funny and completely wacky. If we had to find qualifiers for the series produced by Cartoon Network since 2013, it would undoubtedly be these. When the first animated series dedicated to young vigilantes (another nugget from our childhood) adopted a serious and dramatic tone, Teen Titan Go! is the total opposite of DC Comics’ super heroic adaptations. Nobody takes themselves seriously, the morals are all more idiotic than the other, and the characters look more like big balls than capped heroes. Never mind, the absurd and resolutely meta humor of Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic hits the mark, this is undoubtedly our favorite series of recent years.
What’s up, Scooby-Doo? (2002-2006)
All the episodes were similar, the plot was often built with a trowel, but we have to admit, we didn’t miss an episode. Since the first animated series produced by the Hanna-Barbera studio in 1969, the misadventures of Scooby-Doo and his friends have marked an entire generation. With its storyline springs as big as the Mystery Machine, the series centered on a group of paranormal investigators as heterogeneous as they are dysfunctional has established itself as one of the biggest hits of the 2000sboth in animated and live action versions.
Steven Universe (2013-2019)
In 2013, Cartoon Network gave Rebecca Sugar’s colorful and musical project a chance. After getting their hands on Adventure Timethe host and composer reveals her own universe, or rather that of a young boy in Steven Universe. Born of the love between a gem and a human, the character is raised by Perle, Garnet and Amethyst, three extraterrestrial beings half mineral, half humanoid. While the Gems have defended the Earth for centuries, Steven must learn to master his powers, while assuming his hybrid identity. With five seasons, a film and an epilogue series, the series has established itself as one of the biggest hits of recent years on Cartoon Network.
The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
Undoubtedly one of the most famous series of the chain, The Powerpuff Girls one of the biggest hits of the 2000s on Cartoon Network. At the time, the adventures of Belle, Bulle and Rebelle against the terrible Mojo Jojo fascinated the youngest. In addition to sugar, spices and a lot of good things, the recipe sprinkled with a good dose of absurd humor take it soon. As a result, after 6 seasons, the original series gave way to a reboot in 2016, also broadcast on Cartoon Network. A film was also produced in 2002, and the idea of a new feature was again talked about this year.