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Current logo since October 1, 2011
|Launched||1 January 1994
(as a part of CN SEA)
3 June 1995
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
|Picture format||480i (4:3, SDTV)
1080i (16:9, HDTV)
|Slogan||New New New New|
|Sister channel(s)||Cartoon Network Asia
|Cignal||Channel 74 (SD)|
|G Sat||Channel 56|
|Sky Cable/Destiny Cable||Channel 43 (Digital)|
|Parasat Cable TV||Channel 34|
|Neca Cable Cebu||Channel 12|
|Surigao Cable Television||Channel 54|
|Pioneer Cable Vision Inc. (PCVI)||Channel 17 (SD)|
Cartoon Network (CN) is a Philippine cable and satellite television channel created by Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner, which primarily shows animated programming. The Philippine version is a branch of Cartoon Network Asia, and broadcasts exclusively in the Philippines.
The channel started broadcasting in January 1, 1994 as a part of Cartoon Network Southeast Asia. It was later separated from the Southeast Asia feed on June 3, 1995.
Cartoon Network Philippines was formerly part of Cartoon Network Asia, which was originally launched in January 1, 1994. The Philippine feed started broadcasting on June 3, 1995 as it was originally time-shared with TNT, operating from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Turner Classic Movies, formerly TNT, taking the remainder of the daily schedule. It originally aired only Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as The Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, and The Flintstones. Cartoon Network is the first cartoon cable channel in the Philippines, with Disney Channel, launched in 1996, and Nickelodeon in 1998, following suit. In 1996, the channel started to air MGM cartoons, such as Tom and Jerry, Droopy, and Spike and Tyke. Following Time Warner's purchase of Turner later that year, the channel added Warner Bros. shows, such as Looney Tunes and related cartoons, to its programming in 1997. In 1998, Cartoon Network started to air its first original shows: Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Moxy Show. The latter was soon cancelled, however.
On August 22, 1999, Cartoon Network Asia began adopting Cartoon Network USA's "Powerhouse" theme. That year, the network introduced Dexter's Laboratory, Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel, Ed, Edd n' Eddy, and Johnny Bravo. New shows first aired the next year included The Powerpuff Girls, Mike, Lu & Og, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
In 2001, Cartoon Network continued to air new original programs, such as Sheep in the Big City, Time Squad, and Samurai Jack. The network dubbed these original programs "Cartoon Cartoons" and aired them in a programming block Friday nights. The same year, Cartoon Network created other programming blocks, including Toonami, Acme Hour, Prime Time, Boomerang, and Cartoon Network After Dark. In 2002, the network expanded Cartoon Cartoons with new shows such as Grim & Evil, Robot Jones, and Codename: Kids Next Door. Justice League and ¡Mucha Lucha! also debuted in 2002. Shows added to the line-up in 2003 include post-1948 Warner Bros. cartoons and X-Men: Evolution. In 2004, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends was the only program to debut on the network. In 2005, the Boomerang programming block was made into its own channel.
On October 1, 2005, the network bumpers were replaced with 3-D animations of the fictional "CN City," home to all the Cartoon Network characters. The network logo was also replaced. In 2006, several new Cartoon Network originals premiered, including Robotboy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Camp Lazlo, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, and Squirrel Boy. The Cartoon Cartoons moniker previously used for Cartoon Network originals was discontinued that year. Unusual for the network, The Simpsons, an adult-oriented cartoon, was also aired on Cartoon Network in 2006, albeit with a PG classification (with heavily use of editing and censorship, swears word has been cut out or muted).
On August 31, 2008, the network changed the format of its bumpers and commercials, mirroring similar changes by Cartoon Network Southeast Asia. During this time, older programs such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Camp Lazlo began to air less frequently, in favor of new shows such as Ben 10 and The Secret Saturdays. On December 5, 2008, Cartoon Network began to use the "New Wave" branding as with most Cartoon Network channels in Asia and Oceania.
On October 1, 2011, Cartoon Network introduced new branding and a logo. Designed by Brand New School, it makes heavy use of a black and white checkerboard motif. The slogan "It's a Fun Thing!" was also introduced. Many older advertisements and bumpers from the previous branding were retained, albeit with the addition of the new logo. A separate high-definition feed was also launched on the same day.
In December 2012, Cartoon Network started aired past shows, such as Ben 10 and Camp Lazlo, in HDTV 1080i format instead of SDTV 480i format. Starting January 8, 2013 from 12:00 AM until 6:00 AM (PHT) each morning, Cartoon Network airs all shows and commercials in HDTV 1080i format.
The slogan "It's A Fun Thing!" was abolished and replaced by "Are You CN What Where Sayin'" in November 2014. On January 1, 2015, Cartoon Network adapted CHECK It 3.0, then CHECK it 4.0 on December 31, 2015 to January 1, 2016. However, bumpers from CHECK It 1.0 (usually on other shows that are on commercial breaks, such as reruns of Cartoon Network original and acquired programming) and 3.0 (only the "NEXT" bumpers) are still being aired. In late 2016, all the CHECK it 1.0 bumpers are replaced with CHECK It 4.0.
On March 18, 2017, the channel rebranded itself to Dimensional starting with an airing of the miniseries, Adventure Time Islands. As a result, some promos and bumpers (including the PG advisory) are now utilised the current branding as used in the United States, while other bumpers retained the old branding.
On October 18, 2010, TV5 launched TV5 Kids presents Cartoon Network, a cartoon block which airs selected Cartoon Network programs dubbed in Filipino. Currently, TV5 airs Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Omniverse, Codename: Kids Next Door, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Powerpuff Girls Z, The Secret Saturdays, and Teen Titans. In 2013, TV5 aired more Cartoon Network shows to their block like Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. In 2015, the block has been axed, but giving the way for returning of TV5 AniMEGA.
The block was returned on October 2016, after a year of hiatus but with only two new CN shows (We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot) which airs only every Saturday and Sunday mornings and it does not air any of its older CN shows mentioned above unlike the original airing of the block.
However, the return of the block (along its Boomerang on TV5 Kids block) was lasted until July 2017 as the network transitioned as sports, news and general entertainment channel, led by their partnership with ESPN International, re-branding its sports arm to ESPN 5 happened on October 2017.
Around late 2015, Boomerang on TV5 Kids was launched. It airs a few programs straight from Boomerang Southeast Asia and Boomerang Australia and New Zealand. All of the shows aired on the Boomerang block were dubbed in Filipino. As of 2017, TV5 AniMEGA is still airing.
It currently airs The Looney Toons Show, Rat-A-Tat, Inspector Gadget, The PowerPuff Girls (1998 series) and Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (now on Yey!) every weekday afternoons. On weekends, it airs We Bare Bears and the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, despite it doesn't air on all feeds of Boomerang.
Cartoon Network HD is a high definition simulcast of Cartoon Network Asia available only on SkyCable HD, Cignal HD and Sky Direct. Just like the original variant of the channel in the United States, this feed is being broadcast in 1080i; However, older shows are pillarboxed (such as Courage The Cowardly Dog, with the exception of Chowder and My Gym Partner's A Monkey, which is aired in widescreen, while it is letterboxed on the SD simulcast). The programming is similar to Cartoon Network Philippines, except it is not a simulcast to the Philippine feed, due to its different programming.
A variation of the original Cartoon Network logo from May 23, 2017, used in bumpers and a morphing logo screen bug (top-right)
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