Cartoon Network 2016 Year In Review

Cartoon Network 2016 Year In Review

Cartoon Network 2016 Year In Review

During 2016, Cartoon Network has been airing new shows, new episodes and even new channels in some countries, so here’s a timeline of some of the major events that have happened around the world in the last twelve months. Note: Some dates are not exactly accurate, but was approximately around that time or it was the date when news was publicly announced.


1st January: Cartoon Network Southeast Asia rebranded to Check It 4.0.

4th January: Cartoon Network Latin America and Brazil rebranded to Check It 4.0.

6th January: Cartoon Network USA releases Twelve Forever pilot/minisode.

7th January: Mark Eyers Promoted To Senior Vice President Of Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific.

14th January: Cartoon Network USA premieres first stop-motion animated Adventure Time episode: Bad Jubies.

14th January: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Season 2 announced.

25th January: New Bob The Builder series premiered on Cartoonito UK.

25th January: Daniel González becomes new general director Of Turner Iberia.

29th January: Justice League Action officially announced.

All of January 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


1st February: Lego Nexo Knights premieres on Cartoon Network UK.

3rd February: The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go!, Ninjago, Steven Universe Nominated For Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

3rd February: Cartoon Network Contributes $30 Million To President Barack Obama’s STEM Initiative.

4th February: OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo Mobile Game Released

6th February: NBA And Cartoon Network USA Team Up For Annual NBA All-Star Jam, with a brand new Basketball themed episodes of We Bare Bears and Teen Titans Go!

6th February: Bunnicula premiered on Cartoon Network USA.

11th February: Toonami France Launched.

15th February: Cartoon Network USA released intro to the new Powerpuff Girls series, animated by Golden Wolf based in London, UK.

22nd February: Cartoon Network feeds across EMEA acquire Yo-Kai Watch broadcasting rights.

24th February: DC Super Hero Girls Special Announced.

All of February 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


1st March: Cartoon Network UK continues partnership with Dr. Martens for Adventure Time themed boots.

2nd March: Adult Swim Canada VOD Service announced.

5th March: Zona Cartoon Network Programming Block launched on Chilevision in Chile.

7th March: Boing Italy rebrands, rebrand later rolls out to Boing Spain, France and Africa.

10th March: The Amazing World of Gumball wins two British Animation Awards.

12th March: Adventure Time: Stakes UK Premiere at BAFTA Piccadilly, London.

14th March: Adventure Time: Stakes Premieres on Cartoon Network UK.

14th March: The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

31st March: The Powerpuff Girls Flipped Out Mobile Game released.

31st March: Sky UK launches Sky Kids app, also includes Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito shows.

All of March 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


2nd April: Cartoon Network Nordic rebrands to Check It 4.0, becoming the first European feed to do so.

3rd April: Boomerang shows now available on POPS Kids VOD service in Vietnam.

4th April: The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot premieres on Cartoon Network USA.

6th April: Adult Swim UK Launches #wrongbutright campaign.

8th April: Tarek Mounir Promoted to Vice President Of Turner Turkey And Middle East.

9th April: The Powerpuff Girls 2016 series premiered in Japan.

14th April: Turner UK and Sky UK signed exclusive boxsets VOD deal.

23rd April: Boomerang Turkey launches.

23rd April: Yo-Kai Watch premiered on Cartoon Network UK.

26th April: Cartoon Network Zone at IMG Worlds of Adventure Info Officially released.

28th April: Agent Gumball mobile game released.

28th April: Cartoon Network South Korea expands distribution with Pooq deal.

29th April: Scooby-Doo announced as UK’s All Time Favourite Kids TV Show.

All of April 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


2nd May: Bunnicula premieres on Boomerang UK.

2nd May: Cartoon Network USA releases Bottom’s Butte and Apple and Onion pilots.

3rd May: Cecilia Persson Appointed Cartoon Network EMEA Head Of Programming.

5th May: Media Alliance completes deal to buy Turner Russia assets.

9th May: Peanuts animated shorts premieres 9th May on Boomerang USA.

11th May: Cartoon Network Hindi (Middle East and North Africa) launches.

12th May: Steven Universe: In Too Deep story arc premieres on Cartoon Network USA.

12th May: Adult Swim USA announces programming slate.

15th May: Cartoon Network Turkey’s first-ever original animated series – Kral Şakir premieres.

21st May: DC Superhero Girls: Super Hero High Premieres 21st May on Boomerang UK.

27th May – 29th May: MCM Comic-Con London.

30th May: Cartoon Network USA re-brands to Dimensional graphics package, developed by Bent Design Lab.

30th May: Sky Kids Café temporarily opens in London to promote Sky Kids VOD app, features Scooby-Doo Haunted House.

30th May: Adventure Time: Bad Jubies premieres on Cartoon Network UK.

Late May: Powerpuff Girls drones fly around Dubai.

All of May 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


9th June – Computer coding themed episode of The Powerpuff Girls – “Viral Spiral” premieres.

11th June – 10th July: Adventure Time: An Ooo Experience Interactive Game UK Tour.

13th June – 16th June: Annecy Animation Festival, work-in-progress sneak peek for new Samurai Jack series.

13th June: Cartoon Network USA announced Mighty Magiswords To Become A Full Length Linear Series

14th June: Cartoon Network USA starts McDonald’s Happy Meal The Powerpuff Girls campaign.

15th June: Toon Cup 2016 online game launched across Cartoon Network websites across the EMEA area.

16th June: Corus Entertainment gets extended licence rights over Cartoon Network Canada.

19th June: Cartoon Network Shop launched Cartoon Network Collective.

20th June: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Animated Series announced, to premiere on Cartoon Network USA in 2017.

21st June: Cartoon Network UK, Boomerang UK and Cartoonito UK added to Sky’s NOW TV streaming service.

21st June: Adventure Time Lego Figure Sets announced.

22nd June: The Amazing World of Gumball Season Six Announced.

23rd June: Teen Titans Go!: Teeny Titans Mobile Game released.

30th June: Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls crossover special airs on Cartoon Network USA.

All of June 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


1st July: Cartoon Network MENA (English and Arabic) and Boomerang MENA (English and Arabic) launched, both feeds are in HD.

5th July – 7th July: Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK.

9th to 11th July: Cartoon Network’s First Ever Animation Jam, animation students from around the United States worked on a series of 15 second shorts, including OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.

12th July: Dreamworks: Kung Fu Panda 3 summer sponsorship on Cartoon Network UK begins, campaign features the band – The Vamps.

14th July: Cartoon Network and Adult Swim 2016 Emmy Nominations announced.

18th July: Steven Universe: Summer of Adventures Episode Bomb started.

19th July: The Powerpuff Girls (2016) renewed for a second season.

20th July: Adventure Time: Card Wars Kingdom Mobile Game released.

21st July – 23rd July: San Diego Comic-Con 2016, world premiere sneak peek for new Ben 10 series and Mighty Magiswords.

22nd July: Cartoon Network UK rebranded to Check It 4.0.

25th July: Cartoon Network France rebranded to Check It 4.0.

All of July 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


3rd August: Turner USA announced Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang will be distributed on Hulu’s new live TV streaming service which will launch in 2017.

Mid August: Cartoon Network UK, Boomerang UK and Cartoonito UK announced Awesome Autumn programming lineup.

18th August – 21st August: Scooby-Doo Live: Musical Mysteries musical performance in London, UK.

31st August: IMG Worlds Of Adventure opened in Dubai, featuring Cartoon Network rides and attractions.

All of August 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


1st September: Cartoon Network Germany and Cartoon Network Poland rebranded to Check It 4.0.

6th September: Steven Universe: The Answer book released.

7th September: Ben Bocquelet announces the end of The Amazing World of Gumball after Season 6, with a possibility for the show to continue without him.

8th September: First short-form animated series from Cartoon Network Mexico announced – Villainous.

10th September: New Saturdays Programming Block begins on Boomerang UK.

10th September: Talking Tom and Friends premieres on Boomerang UK.

11th September: Cartoon Network USA’s video on-demand app wins Creative Arts Emmy.

13th September: Cartoon Network Enterprises won two awards at Licensing Awards 2016 for Adventure Time Dr. Martens boots.

17th September: Cartoon Network programming block launched on TransTV in Indonesia.

19th September: The Powerpuff Girls “Powfactor” International campaign launched.

21st September: Cracké announced to premiere on Boomerang feeds across Europe.

23rd September: FOX and Cartoon Network announced Adventure Time themed “Couch Gag” for an episode of The Simpsons.

27th September: Once Upon An Ooo interactive Adventure Time story website wins People’s Lovie Award.

29th September: Mighty Magiswords premiered on Cartoon Network USA.

29th September: Adventure Time VR Game “I See Ooo” launches in the UK.

29th September: Cartoon Network announced that Adventure Time will end in 2018.

29th September: Cartoonito UK launched YouTube channel (see October’s posts).

All of September 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


1st October – 2nd October: Ben 10 Hero Experience at intu Trafford Centre near Manchester, UK.

3rd October: Cartoon Network USA continues Stop Bullying: Speak Up anti-bullying campaign.

7th October – 8th October: New York Comic-Con, final Regular Show panel.

7th October: Cartoon Network Africa and Animation SA Partner At DISCOP Johannesburg.

8th October: Ben 10 premiered on Cartoon Network UK.

10th October: Grizzy and the Lemmings premiered on Boomerang UK.

10th October: Dragon Ball Super announced to air on Toonami France, Boing Spain And Cartoon Network Africa in 2017.

11th October – 13th October: Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA attends Brand Licencing Europe 2016 in London, UK.

15th October – 16th October: Cartoon Network EMEA attended MIPJunior in Cannes, France.

17th October: Oggy and The Cockroaches Season 6 and Season 7 broadcasting rights acquired by Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific.

18th October: Turner UK buys Thomas and Friends broadcasting rights, announces the show will air on Cartoonito UK from 2017.

19th October: Cartoon Network Studios launched new website.

21st October – 23rd October: Cartoon Network attends Paris Comic Con 2016.

23rd October: Cartoon Network’s ultimate parent company – Time Warner agrees takeover deal by AT&T for $85.4 billion, pending regulatory decision.

24th October: Terror In Doomsville one-off animated special premiered on Cartoon Network Latin America.

25th October: We Bare Bears renewed for a third season.

28th October – 30th October: Cartoon Network attended MCM Comic Con in London.

28th October – 1st November: Cartoon Network Italy attended 2016 Lucca Comics And Games Festival.

All of October 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


1st November: Cartoon Network UK started The Amazing Month of Gumball programming event.

1st November: My Knight and Me premiered on Boomerang UK.

1st November: Cartoon Network USA released Victor and Valentino pilot episode/minisode.

2nd November: Cartoon Network USA released Infinity Train pilot episode/minisode.

4th November: Cartoon Network UK won two PromaxBDA UK awards.

5th November: Boomerang EMEA’s first ever original animated series – The Happos Family premiered on Boomerang UK.

7th November: Sesame Street premiered on Cartoonito UK.

7th November: Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls crossover special premiered on Cartoon Network UK.

8th November: Cartoon Network Battle Crashers game released.

9th November: Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific releases Lasso and Comet pilot.

10th November: Mighty Magiswords MagiMobile mobile app released in the United States.

12th November: Adventure Time themed temporary channel launched in Italy, temporarily replacing Cartoon Network + 1 timeshift channel.

14th November: Boomerang launched in Taiwan.

14th November: Clarence: Capture The Flag half-hour special premiered on Cartoon Network USA.

14th November: Cartoon Network UK partnered with triathlete Olympic medal winning Brownlee Brothers for Cartoon Network Buddy Network anti-bullying campaign.

16th November: Cartoon Network updated Powerpuff Yourself character generator now with Powfactor personality questions.

17th November: Steven Universe “Gem Harvest” special premiered on Cartoon Network USA.

18th November: Cartoon Network USA opened Powfactor pop-up shop for one weekend only in New York.

19th November: Cartoonito UK launched Twitter account.

20th November: Cartoon Network won three Children’s BAFTA awards.

26th November: World Premiere of Justice League Action aired on Cartoon Network UK.

28th November: Dragon Ball Super announced to premiere 21st January 2017 on Toonami Asia.

28th November: Cartoon Network nominated for four Annie Awards.

28th November: Cartoon Network Italy HD launched.

All of November 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


5th December: Mince Pie Mondays started again for another Christmas on Cartoon Network UK.

6th December: Cartoon Network announced Cartoon Network Zone at IMG Worlds of Legends theme park in Dubai, due to open in 2019.

6th December: Cartoon Network nominated for three 2017 Kidscreen Awards.

6th December: Cartoon Network USA announced Science STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Team.

8th December: Dragon Ball Super announced to premiere 7th January 2017 on Toonami USA (part of Adult Swim).

8th December: Cartoon Network USA released Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs The Series sneak peek.

12th December: Cartoon Network USA’s Curtis Lelash And Tramm Wigzell promoted to Senior VP of Original Series.

12th December: Adventure Time: Islands intro released.

16th December: Justice League Action premiered on Cartoon Network USA.

Mid December: Cartoon Network Russia And Southeastern Europe HD launched.

19th December – 25th December: Cartoon Network USA released minisodes of Get ‘Em Tommy and OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.

All of December 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries In London

Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries In London

Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries In London

Boomerang UK’s very own Scooby-Doo! will be solving mysteries for four days in London, UK with his Mystery Inc. crime solving friends and they’ll need your help. Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries is an all new musical for all the family, the musical will be performed at the London Palladium from Thursday 18th August to Sunday 21st August 2016. The musical will be an interactive experience filled with singing and dancing, the premise of the story is to solve why a trouble-making ghost is haunting the theatre, this is to make the audience feel as if they’re actually part of the case.

About The Musical

In this brand new family musical Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a West End theatre and Daphne (Charlie Bull), Fred (Chris Warner Drake), Shaggy (Charlie Haskins), Velma (Rebecca Withers) and Scooby-Doo (Joe Goldie) are on their way, and bringing the Mystery Machine to crack this spooky, theatrical case.

Along the way the Mystery Inc. gang meet the Theatre Manager, Walt Warner (John McManus) and Box Office Manager, Muriel Martin (Kate England), both of whom seem to know more than they are prepared to let on.

All the while local Stagehand, Wilbur (Martin Neely) seems very interested in the mysterious theatre ghost wreaking havoc with Scooby-Doo and his friends. Maybe this time the gang are in over their heads?!

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries will have the whole family on the edge of their seats in traditional Scooby-Doo fashion from the moment the show begins at the world famous London Palladium.

Cartoon Network UK/Boomerang UK interviewed the actors and actresses performing as the mystery gang in the musical, a transcript of the questions and answers during interview can be seen below:

So what are you guys doing here today?

Daphne: We are rehearsing for Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mystery.

It’s going to be at the London Palladium 18th – 21st August.

What attracted you to the script and to take this project on?

Velma: It’s such an iconic cartoon, everybody knows it and loves Scooby-Doo.
There’s so many different versions and yeah it’s so much fun, why wouldn’t you?

Daphne: Yeah it’s different to your normal musical.
It’s very much kids orientated but at the same time the parents enjoy it as well.
It’s a really fun one to do.

What can we expect from the show?

Shaggy: Everything!

Daphne: Singing, Dancing.

Fred: The clues in the title.
It’s a musical mystery, so we are doing it in typical Scooby-Doo style.
We are taken the van and we are going on a mystery and the audience comes with us.

Daphne: And we need the kids to help us solve the mystery.

Scooby-Doo is the longest running animated series, why do you think this is?

Velma: Yeah since the 60s.

Velma: Because I think the characters are really engaging.
Scooby Doo is so lovable and because you know it’s really exciting.
The kids enjoy watching it and being scared with the gang.

Daphne: They are fun characters.

Velma: Yeah so fun.

Fred: They are fun characters and relatable.

As you can see as the cartoon have developed over the years.

We’ve gone through the 70’s the flower power, 80s and changed and developed each time.

I think that’s it very easily mouldable to so many genres of kids.
That’s why it’s done so well movie wise.

What do you think a Scooby snack tastes like?

Daphne: Really yummy!

Shaggy: It’s really delicious and a secret recipe
and we like them enough that we keep eating them
over and over again all through the show.

Do you eat them through the show?

Fred: Shaggy/Scooby do.
Velma: We try and stop them.

Are they big?

Shaggy: I would say they like a malteaser size.

What similarities are there between you and your characters?

Shaggy: As shaggy, I like eating. I like hanging out with my friends.
I’m not one to take charge I follow the others around. Chilled out.

Velma: Yeah Velma was always my favourite.
She’s the brains of the operation and I think I really identified with her.

When I was telling people about it, they were like “OMG yes! I see it”
“That’s so you”. You know what I’m going to take that as a compliment.

Fred: Well there’s elements of Fred that I would say that I relate to, a little bit.
I can say that my friends weren’t utterly shocked when I said I was playing this character.

He’s definitely the leader and I would like to say that on
occasion do like to take that role.
Um no, he definitely fun and has some quirky moments.
I think we can all easily relate to those.

Daphne: Being a red head myself I can relate to that element.
I am sort of quite girly but I also think Daphne is very feisty.
Which I like.

She thinks she’s the leader but she’s also quite happy to sit back and let the brains take over most of the time.

Which is actually quite similar to me as well.

So Shaggy how did you perfect the Shaggy voice?

Shaggy: “What the Shaggy voice” (in Shaggy’s voice) the Shaggy voice was something I realised I
could do a while ago, funnily enough.

So it’s always been something, a bit of a party piece.
I would explain how I do it, but I don’t know “I just do it” (In Shaggy’s voice).

Daphne: It just comes naturally.

Did you do anything else to prepare for the role? Did you have to hit the gym hard for Fred?

Velma: Just really made sure we had watched so many episodes.

There’s so many different versions of the cartoon. Just try and find the character really.

Daphne: It’s so well known, the kids know these characters.
They know their mannerisms, they know their poses,
and they know their attitude so we have to really get it right.
Cause we want them to believe it.

Fred: We have been practicing walks and poses.
Looking at the various different thing that the characters bring
and try to incorporate them into our performance.

There are so many things for kids and families to do this summer holidays.

Why should they come see Scooby Doo?

Velma: It’s fun for everyone.

My family took me to the theatre when I was really young.
And it really inspired me and made me really passionate about theatre.
I think that it’s really important.

It’s really great for the adults who also know
the cartoon and watched it growing up.
It’s just really inclusive I think and really interactive for the kids.

Daphne: Kids and adults will have a great time when they come to see it.

Fred: And the good thing is that our show is playing at three different times during the day.

It means if you have young kids and they are waking up early,
our 10.30 show completely suits those types of children.

I know my nephew and niece will definitely go to that type of show.

It really caters for all types of families.

If you have things going on in the afternoon you can go see the morning show or vice versa.

But yeah I think because of that.
It’s only an hour so if you do have young children
its perfect for them because it’s not going to be too much for them
but they can get all their excitement out in one day.

It does everything.

Tickets are available to buy from, there will be three shows each day at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm, tickets are priced between £15 to £30 with a free poster program with every premium ticket, also there will be a VIP meet and greet with Scooby-Doo after every show.

Boomerang UK will be making behind-the-scenes posts about the Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries musical on their official Instagram account: