A basic cable and satellite TV channel that airs cartoons aimed at kids, teens, and adults, Cartoon Network holds the licensing rights to many hit characters and series. The history of Cartoon Network dates back to the late 1980s when Turner Broadcasting Company (a division of Time Warner) acquired the rights to several MGM properties. Almost immediately, Turner began broadcasting reruns of hit cartoons like Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies on its TNT cable network. By 1992, Turner had also acquired Hanna-Barbera Productions and was looking for a way to profit from its large library of animated shorts and TV shows, so the company founded Cartoon Network.
Over the last two decades, Cartoon Network has transitioned from airing primarily reruns to creating its own original series. It's also expanded its target demographic to include teens and adults with the nighttime programming block known as Adult Swim. Some of the most popular shows for kids through the years have included Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, and Pokemon. The network also airs a number of series based on DC Comics properties like Batman, The Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more.
Cartoon Network releases a wide range of official merchandise with images from its various properties printed on it. You'll find a broad selection of graphic tees in both kids and adult sizes that feature characters from cartoon shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, or The Regular Show. Other wearable merchandise includes tank tops, dresses, leggings, boxers, briefs, sleepwear, and more. You'll also find costumes designed after Cartoon Network characters that kids can wear for Halloween or other events.
Non-clothing products from Cartoon Network run the gamut from toys to household supplies. Action figures, vinyl toys, board games, puzzles, and plush toys are all popular playthings for younger fans (and become collectibles as kids start to outgrow them). You'll also find bedding options like throws, pillows, comforters, and more that your tot can use to outfit his or her room. Backpacks, lunchboxes, and messenger bags are all great options for use at school as well. A number of Cartoon Network properties have video games built around them--some of which are designed to be used with systems like Leapster so that they are educational in addition to being fun.
In an age when so many of the shows on TV are anything but age-appropriate, the majority of series and shorts that air on Cartoon Network are tame enough that parents can feel safe letting kids watch them. When your child finds a show that he or she falls in love with, it's easy to anticipate that your little one will want to broadcast this love through merchandise featuring favorite characters. Cartoon Network has made it easy for your tot to find clothes and other products that advertise almost all of its hottest properties. In addition to the latest shows, you'll also be able to find options featuring the series you grew up with as a kid, so these products can be a great way to introduce your little one to classic characters as well as new ones. We give Cartoon Network 4 stars out of 5.
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