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For the Canadian French version of this television channel, see Télétoon (Canadian TV channel).

Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox TV channel Teletoon (stylized as TELETOON) is a Canadian Category A specialty channel that broadcasts animation programming. Teletoon is owned by Teletoon Canada Inc., a joint venture between Astral Media and Corus Entertainment. Its name is a portmanteau of television and cartoon and has no connection with the television channel in France of the same name. Teletoon predominantly airs many television series of which come from the Cartoon Network from the United States, making it, more or less, like the Canadian equivalent of Cartoon Network. There are separate English and French language versions of Teletoon. The English version is broadcast in two time-shifted feeds, East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time).

HistoryEdit

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Licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel launched on October 17, 1997 with the first episode of Caillou. It was originally owned by a consortium made up of various other Canadian specialty services and producers; The Family Channel Inc. acting as managing partner at 53.3% (Astral Media & WIC), YTV Canada Inc. at 26.7% (Shaw Communications), along with Cinar and Nelvana with 10% each. Through various acquisitions over the years, ownership resulted in both Astral Media and Corus Entertainment owning a 50% stake in the service.[1]

Initially when Teletoon launched in 1997, it had several blocks or planets devoted to certain content and showed more mature fare as the day progressed, with a strong commitment to air diverse and international programming, as well as the ability to air a great majority of material uncut. A typical broadcast day would start with preschool content at 7:00 a.m. EST and end with adult content after midnight, airing more adult cartoons such as Duckman and various Anime (although they no longer air on the channel).

In its second year, Teletoon was supposed to air the cult favourite series, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and even had the show referenced in many promotional materials. However, despite being printed in television listings for weeks, the show never actually aired on the station. The exact reason for the shows abrupt disappearance is unknown, but apparently it involved a royalty dispute with one of the actors interviewed on the show, which has also caused several episodes to be removed from the DVD releaseTemplate:Citation needed. It was thought that Teletoon would never air the series, but in 2004 they did begin airing its spin-off, The Brak Show. The show finally began airing in the fall of 2006.

In 2000, Teletoon started airing bumpers with its first mascot, Teletina. These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation premiered on the channel in 2002.[2] The bumpers were removed in 2007 due to the re-branding of Teletoon. As of 2010, these bumpers are still not airing. On February 5, 2007, Teletoon's network layout was dramatically changed as was its website, and The Detour's website was moved to teletoon.com, and the aesthetic appearance of both the normal block and The Detour changed.

Teletoon was once again involved in controversy, when on December 8, 2007, the station aired Team America: World Police with viewer advisories that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council considered to not adequately describe the sexual content and violence within the film.[3]

Teletoon is rather unusual in its production schedule as it always has seasons of 26–28 episodes and will postpone the production of the succeeding season between a year: such as if a series premieres during the 2008–2009 season it will air another set of episodes during the 2010–2011 skipping an entire season between. On September 6, 2011, Teletoon's network layout changed to reflect one of their owners Astral Media's 50th Anniversary and to also reflect the Digital television in Canada. However, both Teletoon Retro and Teletoon at Night were not affected in network layouts. [4]

ProgrammingEdit

Template:See Teletoon predominantly airs animated television series with the occasional film broadcast through its programming block, Teletoon Presents, many television series of which come from the Cartoon Network from the United States. Teletoon's licence requires that 90% of all programs on the network are animated (151.2 hours per week). The network airs non-animated stunt programming, which are usually in the form of movies, but they can only do so for 16.8 hours per week, or 2.4 hours per day.[5] Note: The French version of Teletoon contains a different schedule of programs than the English version, some being a French-dubbed version of well-known television shows, such as South Park. For a full list of their programs, please see Télétoon (Canadian TV channel).

Teletoon original productions historyEdit

Teletoon / Télétoon Original Series
1990s 2000s 2010s
'97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12
Captain Star Angela Anaconda Kid Paddle George of the Jungle Stoked Au pays des Têtes à claques
Ned's Newt Doodlez Kaput and Zosky 6teen Detentionaire
Blazing Dragons Cybersix What About Mimi? The Tofus Fred's Head Life's a Zoo Skatoony (North America)
Fly Tales Braceface Di-Gata Defenders Beyond Human Mudpit
The Ripping Friends My Dad the Rock Star Chaotic
What's with Andy? Chop Socky Chooks Jimmy Two-Shoes
Totally Spies! Spliced
Roboroach Atomic Betty MetaJets
The Save Ums John Callahan's Quads! Ratz Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends My Babysitter's a Vampire
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast Total Drama
Untalkative Bunny Delilah and Julius Majority Rules
Pig City Olliver's Adventures Sons of Butcher Wayside W's World
Gerald McBoing-Boing Spider Riders Punch! The Dating Guy
Carl Squared
Class of the Titans Best Ed
Johnny Test
Family Pants Iggy Arbuckle World of Quest
Caillou Crash Canyon La Zone (Télétoon version)
Zeroman My Life Me

Current Program BlocksEdit

Saturday Morning CartoonsEdit

The Saturday Morning Cartoons block is one of the two newest blocks on Teletoon. It airs on Saturday mornings. It airs shows such as Jimmy Two-Shoes, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and Johnny Test

Action ForceEdit

The Action Force block is one of the two newest blocks on Teletoon. It airs on weekdays starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, and on Sunday mornings-afternoons. It airs action-packed shows such as The Secret Saturdays, Bakugan, Chop Socky Chooks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Loonatics Unleashed, Wolverine and the X-Men, Johnny Test, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Chaotic, The Super Hero Squad Show and The Spectacular Spider-Man. New additions include Generator Rex, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders.

Can't Miss ThursdaysEdit

Can't Miss Thursdays is a block that airs on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

Superfan FridayEdit

Superfan Friday is a two-hour block that runs on Friday evenings from 7–9 p.m. ET/PT. The first hour consists of animated series featuring superheroes from DC Comics and the second hour features animated series with characters featured in Marvel Comics. Currently: Batman: Brave and the Bold, Justice League and back-to-back episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Content overlaps with the Sunday Action Force.

Camp TeletoonEdit

The Camp Teletoon block replaces morning programming during the summer vacation period of July-August, containing some of the channel's popular programming, and daily movies. However, in Summer 2009, Camp Teletoon went into hiatus, with Laugh Riot in its place. In Summer 2012, the block returned and aires Monday to Friday at 9:00 to 12:00 AM.

Teletoon RetroEdit

Main article: Teletoon Retro

Teletoon Retro is a brand for Teletoon's blocks of classic animated programming. In Fall 2007, a digital channel under the name launched, featuring classic animation including such shows as The Tom and Jerry Show, The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Raccoons, The Jetsons, The Pink Panther, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and many others.

Teletoon at NightEdit

Template:See Teletoon at Night (formerly known as Teletoon Detour) is the name for the animated programming block targeted towards teen and adult audiences which airs from 9:00 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET/PT every night on the Canadian television channel Teletoon. It was launched in September 2002 as The Detour on Teletoon until September 1, 2008 when it was renamed Teletoon Detour. The block was renamed once again in September 2009 to Teletoon at Night. Its French programming block counterpart, Télétoon la nuit, airs on the Francophone Télétoon channel. Examples of content during this block include Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad, Robot Chicken, and The Dating Guy.

Former Program BlocksEdit

Kapow!Edit

Launched in September 2003, Kapow! was an action type block, which featured the shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider Riders, MegaMan NT Warrior, and The Batman. Kapow! was usually shown on weekend mornings in large sections, although it did show smaller sections during the weekdays. As of September 2006, the block was removed and replaced by Spin Cycle. Sunday morning programming is still devoted to action-oriented programming.

Spin CycleEdit

Spin Cycle was a block created in September 2006 to replace the Kapow! block, airing weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. After a short absence in January 2007, it returned after the February 5 relaunch. Spin Cycle became the 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. block on Fridays only. This time, the block featured different programming every week, such as episodes of specific programming and reairings of the premiere specials of some shows. On September 3, 2007, Spin Cycle began airing every weekday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with different shows everyday. Throughout the week viewers can vote online on the Teletoon website to pick one show that will air on Fridays during Spin Cycle. Once a month, five viewers each get to choose the shows for an entire weekday afternoon.

Laugh RiotEdit

The Laugh Riot block was one of the two newest blocks on Teletoon. It aired Weekday Mornings from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EST and on Saturday mornings. It aired shows such as Out of Jimmy's Head, Chowder, Jimmy Two-Shoes, and more.

3 Hours of AwesomeEdit

3 Hours of Awesome was a block that aired on Monday to Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Thursdays, it was called 3 Hours of Really Really Really Awesome, and it aired new episodes of Johnny Test, Jimmy Two-Shoes, Stoked, Total Drama Action, Majority Rules and 6teen.

Teletoon HDEdit

On April 18, 2012, Teletoon launched a high definition feed called Teletoon HD simulcasting the east coast standard definition feed. It is currently only available through EastLink cable and Cogeco Cable . Telus has announced that they will pick up the feed soon. [6]

Teletoon MoviesEdit

Television FilmsEdit

Theatrical FilmsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. http://www.animationmagazine.net/commercial/12_20.html
  3. CBSC Decision http://cbsc.ca/english/decisions/2008/080820.php
  4. "Teletoon Officially Unveils Newly Refreshed Unreal Branding" http://www.astral.com/en/press-room/news/2011/teletoon-officially-unveils-newly-refreshed-unreal-brandingTemplate:Dead link
  5. Template:Cite web
  6. Telus Optik TV

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