A Hanna-Barbera adaptation of the Belgian comic strip The Smurfs became a huge success in the 1980s, bringing with it other series with fairy tale-like settings (My Little Pony, Monchichis, The Biskitts, Trollkins, Snorks, etc.) Many of these animated spin-offs featured storylines and settings that would not be feasible in most live-action series (such as trips around the world and/or into space). On September 13, 2014, Fox's owned-and-operated stations (among some of their other affiliates, such as those owned by Tribune Media) picked up a new block entitled Xploration Station from Steve Rotfeld Productions. Following the closure of its 4Kids TV block in 2008, Fox would not carry any children's programming at all for five years until the launch of Xploration Station. [1] In the last two decades of the genre's existence, Saturday-morning cartoons were primarily created and aired to meet regulations on children's television programming in the United States, or E/I. During the 1960s and 1970s, it was not uncommon to have animated shorts produced with both film and television in mind (DePatie-Freleng was particularly associated with this business model), so that by selling the shorts to theaters, the studios could afford a higher budget than would otherwise be available from television alone, which at the time was still a free medium for the end-user. The Cat, Bobby's World, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and Animaniacs, live action shows like Power Rangers (the American adaptation of Super Sentai), Goosebumps, and Big Bad Beetleborgs, and Japanese anime series such as Digimon and Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Also announced is the launch of Saturday Morning Cartoons, a three-hour cartoon block of animated favorites. Could not generate embed. Also announced is the launch of Saturday Morning Cartoons, a three-hour cartoon block of animated favorites. Saturday Mornings is a celebration of the BBC's Saturday morning television programmes that were broadcast between 1976 and 2009, and we've been here on the web in one form or other for the last 20 years! Then, PBS Kids was divided into two sub-blocks and they were: PBS Kids Go! Vortexx was a Saturday morning programming block that aired on The CW from August 25, 2012 to September 27, 2014 created by Binyam Gashaw. An increase in children's participation in Saturday activities outside the home. Kittens’ Mittens. Most of the genres made popular in previous generations (funny animals, superheroes, teen mysteries, science fiction and live-action adaptations) continued to appear as well, with the exception of the musical band cartoons (only one of note, the syndicated Jem, emerged in the 1980s). Other animated writing credits include The Tom & Jerry Show, Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, LEGO City Adventures and Woody Woodpecker. By the mid-1990s, broadcast networks were now becoming units of larger entertainment companies. [18] Fueled by the continued requirement for educational programming, networks continued to carry some cartoons well into the 2000s; by this point, these consisted either of re-purposed rerun from cable or outsourced blocks of cartoons imported from outside the United States. Shriek of the Vulture. Minor television networks, in addition to the non-commercial PBS in some markets, continue to air animated programming on Saturday while partially meeting those mandates.[2][3]. The Saturday Morning Show was a 1985 syndicated anthology packaging by ABC which premiered Fall 1988. On September 19, 2009, KEWLopolis was re-branded as Cookie Jar TV, with its target audience shifted toward preschoolers.[26][27]. Just as notable were CBS's news segments for children, In the News and NBC's Ask NBC News and One to Grow On, which featured skits of everyday problems with advice from the stars of NBC prime time programs. ... Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles was an American Saturday morning cartoon... $ 14.95. Several video games were intended to use elements from the TV series, although only one was completed. He was also the mc of “ABC TV’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve!”Tv specials for many years..his final public appearance was on the … TVparty presents the schedules and program profiles for every series the networks broadcast on Saturday Mornings from the mid-Sixties all through the Seventies and into the eighties. Here, the Pound Puppies lived at the pound, but could ... See full summary » Stars: Dan Gilvezan, Adrienne Alexander, Ruth Buzzi, Pat Carroll. Retro Television Network's Saturday-morning lineup consisted of classic cartoons from the 1960s through the 1990s, most of which were produced by Filmation licensed via DreamWorks Classics. Jolly Little Elves. The Vortexx block primarily featured animated programs, although it also featured several live-action series, including the Lost … border-radius: 0px; The networks were encouraged to create educational spots that endeavored to use animation and/or live-action for enriching content. Fox carried little or no E/I programming, leaving the responsibility of scheduling the E/I shows to the affiliates themselves (although the network did eventually add daily reruns of The Magic School Bus to meet the E/I mandates from 1998 to 2001). Saturday Mornings 1967 This led to a transition in the Saturday-morning slot from traditional American Saturday-morning cartoons towards Japanese anime, which have dominated the Saturday-morning timeslot since the 1990s. You Scratch My Back. Even though the educational content was minimal to non-existent, NBC labeled all the live-action shows with an E/I rating and provided the legal fiction of a blanket educational summary boilerplate text provided to stations to place in their quarterly educational effort reports for the FCC. With the purchase of DIC Entertainment by Cookie Jar Group in 2008, the block was later relaunched as the Cookie Jar Kids Network in 2009 and various additional programs from the Cookie Jar Group catalog were added to the lineup. Also included were parodies of the superhero genre (Underdog, The Super 6, and George of the Jungle, among others). In the 1990s, television in Japan shows targeted towards children and teenagers were introduced to American television, including live-action tokusatsu superhero shows such as Power Rangers (Super Sentai) and VR Troopers (Metal Hero Series), and anime shows such as Pokémon, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Leff is a pop-culture and classic TV fanatic who studied improvisation at Chicago’s Second City Theater, performed stand-up comedy nationwide in clubs and on national TV, hosted several successful radio shows, appeared in films including Major League and Major League 2 and has interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood film and television. [28] This is the second time CBS has dropped animated children's programming from its lineup; the network had previously gone with an all-live-action programming lineup for the 1997-98 season when the E/I rules took effect, but reverted to animated programming the following season. This was Sonic Spinball, released in 1993 for the Sega Genesis. The Trial Of Mr. Wolf. On September 6, 1999, the block was re-branded as PBS Kids and spun off into a 24-hour cable channel using the same name, which was turned into a joint venture with Comcast, HIT Entertainment, and Sesame Workshop in 2005, becoming Universal Kids. Many of the block's shows were produced by Disney and also aired on the Disney Channel and/or Toon Disney. min-width: 130px; Boomerang, a spin-off channel of Cartoon Network, specialized primarily in rerun of Saturday-morning cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s (the majority of which come from Hanna-Barbera, which, like Boomerang, is owned by Time Warner). Kids' WB, now reduced to just the Saturday-morning block that was expanded to five hours from four with the removal of the weekday afternoon lineup, moved to The CW (which is part-owned by The WB's former parent WarnerMedia) on September 23, 2006 (CW owned-and-operated station WUPA in Atlanta debuted the block the following day, as it opted to carry the block on Sundays). Comedian Bill Cosby successfully blended educational elements with both comedy and music in the popular, long-running Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Another development was the popular music-based cartoon, featuring both real-life groups (The Beatles, The Jackson 5ive, and The Osmonds) as well as anonymous studio musicians (The Archies, Josie and the Pussycats). From 1990 to 2002, Fox ran the Fox Kids block, which featured both animated and live-action series in the after school hours on weekday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (out-competing with syndicated afternoon children's programs on independent stations and affiliates of smaller networks). MeTV also announces the weekend debut of Saturday Morning Cartoons, a three-hour “all cartoons, all the time” block reminiscent of the Saturday morning broadcasts of the past. Based on characters by an American author, … By late 2008, most shows that were part of the ABC Kids block (except for Power Rangers) were reruns of older episodes that originally aired a few years earlier; this remained the case for the next three years, with no episodes added into rotation (thus, for instance, the first season of Hannah Montana was still running on ABC Kids in constant repeats, even though several further seasons had aired on Disney Channel by the time the block ended). The Kids' WB block ended its run on May 17, 2008, and was replaced on May 24, 2008 by the 4Kids Entertainment-produced Toonzai (4Kids already produced Fox's 4Kids TV block at that time, which would not end for another seven months due to a dispute with the network over distribution on Fox stations and compensation for the time lease). Animation! [35][36] The block featured mainly scripted animated and live action series; Cookie Jar-produced programs that did not count towards regulations on children's television programming in the United States quotas aired under the sub-block This is for Kids. The CW4Kids was renamed Toonzai on August 14, 2010 (with the former brand being retained as a sub-brand to fulfill branding requirements imposed by 4Kids), Toonzai was replaced by Vortexx, produced under a time lease agreement with Saban Capital Group (which had acquired some of 4Kids' assets, including certain programs, in an auction earlier in the year) on August 25, 2012.