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First American Weekend Without Saturday Morning Cartoons

Many American kids these days get their animation fix from platforms outside of broadcast TV. Whether it’s through streaming services, Youtube, or even means that fall outside of what’s considered legal – American kids still have access to animated content any time they want but there was a time when cartoons dominated Saturday morning. It used to be that broadcast TV during Saturday mornings is full of kid-targeted animated content and advertisers who knew their target market (the adverts for toys at the time were a joy to watch by themselves.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATZbFHdPsP0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzkymX2TxHE

Now, it seems like the era of Saturday morning cartoons in America has come to an end as the last holdout, The CW, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend. For the next week, the timeslot that was home to shows like Dragon Ball Kai, Digimon Fusion, Sonic X, Cubix and more will be home to a block of live-action educational programming called “One Magnificent Morning.”

Personally, I live in a country where Saturday mornings on broadcast TV have already given way to variety and talk shows and have been getting my animated fix through alternative means, but I was part of the generation that ran on the juices of Saturday morning cartoons so I get the feeling that something big has shifted because of nostalgia. How about you, did you notice the gradual shift away from Saturday morning cartoons or is it something that didn’t really affect your cartoon-viewing habits?

EDIT – Fellow Toonbarn contributor DarkRukia91 had a few things to add:

“They took away Saturday morning cartoons before streaming videos etc. was even a thing, technically, it just became a thing. They slowly started getting taken down beforehand, I cant remember the first one to go but I think Jetix and Disney were the first two, then the FoxBox or whatever it was named then Kids WB. So it was on the networks and not the internet.”

end-of-an-era


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2 replies on “First American Weekend Without Saturday Morning Cartoons”

You beat me to it, I was almost done with mine on this story, I was going to add the commercials in from WB and FoxBox. It as hard to find some good ones, I couldnt find any for Jetix. Anyway add these in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD1dx0Tr1ic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATZbFHdPsP0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzkymX2TxHE

And to add, they took away Saturday morning cartoons before streaming videos etc. was even a thing, technically, it just became a thing. They slowly started getting taken down beforehand, I cant remember the first one to go but I think Jetix and Disney were the first two, then the FoxBox or whatever it was named then Kids WB. So it was on the networks and not the internet,

yeah, i remember the good ol’ days. i despised going to school, but i had the utmost comfort knowing that my saturday morning would never be shot thanks to good quality toons such as Xmen, TMNT, smurfs, Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs, Tom and Jerry Show, Looney Tunes, GI Joe, spiderman, transformers, etc. i really feel sorry for kids these days exposed to junk filler shows such as these edutainment shows which as as dull as staring at a white wall. these public channels should be ashamed of themselves for going this low, cutting costs like a cheap hobo bum. too many kids are too poor to afford cable…thankfully the web is filled with enough content, its just relaxing like watching tv. instead, you have to dig around the web to find good shows. pretty sad and pathetic.

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