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Boomerang brings back classic '70s Thanksgiving special

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 24th 2009 9:03AM
Boomerang brings back the Thanksgiving special, The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn'tNo Generation X'er can forget the monochrome colors and compromising frame rate of 1970s Hanna-Barbera animation. Take that unmistakable style and some autumnal inking, and you've got The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't.

Boomerang is reaching into the Hanna-Barbera archives to bring back this all-but-forgotten TV special from the 1970s. You can catch it at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. (ET).

According to a network release, The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't "chronicles one dangerously fateful day for Johnny Cooke, a young Pilgrim, and Little Bear, an Indian boy, who are discovered missing. The first Thanksgiving feast cannot start without them, and when their friend Jeremy Squirrel hears they are in peril he goes on a daring rescue mission."

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Come celebrate with the Powerpuff Girls on their tenth birthday - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 8th 2009 9:03AM
Created from sugar, spice, and Element X, the Powerpuff Girls return to Cartoon Network in January.It's been 10 years since Cartoon Network introduced us to the most adorable super-heroines this world has ever seen? Apparently yes, since the network is celebrating the anniversary of The Powerpuff Girls in a few weeks. Course, this makes me feel older than I am and poses the question of who sped up time over the last few years. Whoever you are, I have extended a certain digit in your direction.

Back to the original premise of this post. Cartoon Network will be celebrating the tenth birthdays of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup (who were born on November 18th, 1998) with a brandy-new special titled The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! on January 19th at 8 pm. This will be the first new episode of the series since its original run ended on CN and it was moved to the ethereal Boomerang in 2008. Prior to this premiere, the network will run a 14-hour marathon featuring the favorite episodes of show creator Craig McCraken.

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Flintstones marathon to hit Boomerang on July 4

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2007 1:42PM

FlintstonesThat headline probably won't even make sense to many people. Boomerang? What the hell is that?

Boomerang is a cable network devoted to baby boomers. I don't get it on my cable system, though it certainly sounds like something I'd like to see if they have programming like this. The channel is going to show all 166 episodes of The Flintstones - in order and without commercials - starting on July 4. This is a show I've been meaning to buy on DVD. A lot of people thought it was lame for an animated series, but I didn't watch it for cool animation, it was really a sitcom in cartoon clothing and a lot of fun.

I wonder why they changed the name used in the pilot, The Flagstones? What made them say "let's get rid of the 'flag' and replace it with 'flint'?"

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Boomerang brings the love today

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 14th 2007 8:02AM

pepe le pewAll day today, Boomerang is broadcasting cartoons about love and romance. You didn't forget it was Valentine's Day, did you? This is the day lovers exchange socks, shave their heads and carve a menagerie of mythical creatures out of frozen mayonnaise. Okay, that's not true, I'm just trying to start a new trend beyond all this boring "flowers and chocolate" nonsense.

At any rate, if you love yourself some cartoons, keep checking into Boomerang today for love-laced cartoons featuring the Looney Tunes characters, the Smurfs, Popeye, Top Cat, Speed Buggy, the Flintstones, 2 Stupid Dogs, Droopy, Tom and Jerry, and others. You can see the schedule here.

If you don't have Boomerang, you can always watch some of those same shorts over on the In2TV site.

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Boomerang adds Krypto and Gerald McBoing Boing - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 26th 2007 6:31PM

kryptoBoomerang, the Cartoon Network spin-off that was once home to old, classic cartoons, is adding two new shows to its line-up that are neither old nor classic: Krypto the Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing.

My fellow animation nerds are probably saying, "wait a sec, isn't Gerald McBoing Boing from the '50s?"

Yes, the original Gerald McBoing Boing short, based on a recording written by Dr. Seuss, first appeared in theaters in 1951 and won the Academy Award that same year. Boomerang, however, will be airing an updated version that ran on the now-defunct Tickle U block of preschool programming on Cartoon Network. It would seem logical that if you bill your network as featuring old cartoons you'd pick the Gerald from the '50s and not the one from 2005, but I stopped trying to figure out such decisions a long time ago.

Gerald McBoing Boing will debut on Boomerang Monday, February 5 at 6:00pm, followed by Krypto the Superdog at 7:00pm.

I placed the original Gerald McBoing Boing short after the jump.

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Them toons ain't got no pants

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 27th 2006 8:01PM

yogi bearIt's a fact: cartoon characters don't care for pants. Frankly, I don't trust any cartoon character that wears them. What exactly was the deal with Mickey's shorts and those big yellow buttons? Were they knobs that operated some secret radio he used to send messages to the enemy during World War II? And just look at the old Warner Brothers cartoons: the only folks who wore pants were all bad guys: Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Percy the Pants-Wearing Haberdasher -- okay, I made that last one up, but you get my point. Anyway, to honor those toons who choose not to cover their butts, Boomerang is launching "No Undies Mondays" starting on October 9th. Every Monday at 4 pm, an hour will be set aside to honor the Hanna-Barbera characters who let it all hang out. Yes, that pretty much describes every Hanna-Barbera character, but let's not overthink things, it's still a fun idea.

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In the UK, smoking is a no-no for cartoon cats

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 21st 2006 5:32PM
Tom & Jerry: Tennis ChumpsWhen Tom & Jerry was in its 1940s and 1950s heyday, everyone smoked. Your parents smoked. Pregnant women smoked. TV stars smoked on the air. Heck, I even think I saw a picutre of a dog smoking. So it wasn't that unusual to depict Tom the Cat smoking, especially if he was attempting to be suave with the opposite sex.

But Ofcom, the British version of the FCC, doesn't care about that bit of cultural history. They've asked the Boomerang channel to delete scenes that depict characters smoking from two T&J cartoons. The cartoons in question are "Texas Tom," where Tom rolls a cig to impress a girl, and "Tennis Chumps," where Tom's tennis opponent smokes a cigar. Ofcom felt that, despite the knowledge that people smoked a lot more back then, it might give kids watching it the wrong idea. Boomerang complied with the order.

Here's the kicker: Ofcom made the request after receiving one complaint. One. Out of 60 million people. Makes the FCC look sensible in comparison, doesn't it?

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Captain Planet still defends the Earth

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2006 2:41PM
Captain PlanetI've never seen the cable channel Boomerang. It wasn't on the cable system (Adelphia) at my old apartment, and it's not on my new one (Comcast). But I do remember Captain Planet. I was never a big fan of the show, but I can understand its appeal. The New York Times has a piece on how Boomerang is showing two, 13 episode marathons today to commemorate Earth Day.

The marathon will include the sixth season of the show, which was shown overseas but until now was never seen in the United States.

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