Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kids WB is kaput

Yeah, I know this is old news ... Kids WB, the Warner Bros. Saturday morning animation block, will be ending next year. The block launched in 1995 with the rest of the WB Network. It began as a showcase for WB's library of classic and contemporary cartoon shows including, of course, the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (Chuck Jones' Michigan J. Frog from "One Froggy Evening" was the mascot for the entire network --- someday we'll get around to doing a blog post of various WB network promos featuring the frog). I won't get into the whole history, mostly because I haven't paid much attention to the "Kids WB" programming since about 1997. Judging by the fact they are closing up shop, I guess everyone else in America did the same. Here's a write-up over on Wikipedia. After awhile programming execs discovered they could make quick cash by dumping stuff like Bugs Bunny and playing stuff like Pokemon non-stop. I think everyone knew the block's days were numbered since the WB Network itself went off the air, becoming "The CW" network, about a year ago. This webpage over on my LT & MM website chronicles the Looney Tunes history on Kids WB.

Here is a video of the opening to The Bugs 'n Daffy Show (not to be confused with Cartoon Network's Bugs and Daffy Show). Featuring a rather catchy original theme song sung by Billy West (Bugs) and Joe Alaskey (Daffy).




Here are a couple random promos featuring the Looney Tunes characters (among others, seen via recycled and redubbed animation)...



4 comments:

JBWarner86 said...

In that "Men In Black" promo, they managed to get about eight seconds of footage out of a two-second clip of Marvin the Martian from Space Jam. I'm not sure if that's impressive or really lame.

Animation Encyclopedia said...

Those are the eautiful Kids WB times. The fist times i heard that Pokemon join Kids WB, i seem confused.

Now i regret for kids today's who don't have any ideas what are this block.

Thad K said...

Oh for those days as an eight year old again...

Anthony said...

Yep, the good old days of recycled-stock-footage Kids WB promos... in all their, um, "glory" (and seeing stock footage of the Animaniacs, Superman and Sylvester (mis)used for such promos as "Lou Bega Day"...).

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