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Teletoon

"It's Unreal"

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Teletoon is a Canadian Category A specialty channel that broadcasts animation programming. Teletoon is owned by Teletoon Canada Inc., a joint venture between Astral Media and Corus Entertainment. Its name is a portmanteau of television and cartoon and has no connection with the television channel in France of the same name. Teletoon predominantly airs many television series of which come from the Cartoon Network from the United States, making it, more or less, like the Canadian equivalent of Cartoon Network. There are separate English and French language versions of Teletoon. The English version is broadcast in two time-shifted feeds, East and West .

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Licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission , the channel launched on October 17, 1997 with the first episode of Caillou. It was originally owned by a consortium made up of various other Canadian specialty services and producers; The Family Channel Inc. acting as managing partner at 53.3% (Astral Media & WIC), YTV Canada Inc. at 26.7% , Cinar Nelvana and mice with 10% each. Through various acquisitions over the years, ownership resulted in both Astral Media and Corus Entertainment owning a 50% stake in the service.

Initially when Teletoon launched in 1997, it had several blocks or planets devoted to certain content and showed more mature fare as the day progressed, with a strong commitment to air diverse and international programming, as well as the ability to air a great majority of material uncut. A typical broadcast day would start with preschool content at 7:00 a.m. EST and end with adult content after midnight, airing more adult cartoons such as Duckman and various Anime .

In its second year, Teletoon was supposed to air the cult favourite series, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and even had the show referenced in many promotional materials. However, despite being printed in television listings for weeks, the show never actually aired on the station. The exact reason for the shows abrupt disappearance is unknown, but apparently it involved a royalty dispute with one of the actors interviewed on the show, which has also caused several episodes to be removed from the DVD release. It was thought that Teletoon would never air the series, but in 2004 they did begin airing its spin-off, The Brak Show. The show finally began airing in the fall of 2006.

In 2000, Teletoon started airing bumpers with its first mascot, Teletina. These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation premiered on the channel in 2002. The bumpers were removed in 2007 due to the re-branding of Teletoon. As of 2010, these bumpers are still not airing.
On February 5, 2007, Teletoon's network layout was dramatically changed as was its website, and The Detour's website was moved to teletoon.com, and the aesthetic appearance of both the normal block and The Detour changed.

Teletoon was once again involved in controversy, when on December 8, 2007, the station aired Team America: World Police with viewer advisories that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council considered to not adequately describe the sexual content and violence within the film.

Teletoon is rather unusual in its production schedule as it always has seasons of 26–28 episodes and will postpone the production of the succeeding season between a year: such as if a series premieres during the 2008–2009 season it will air another set of episodes during the 2010–2011 skipping an entire season between. On September 6th, 2011, Teletoon's network layout changed to reflect one of their owners Astral Media's 50th Anniversary and to also reflect the Digital television in Canada. However, both Teletoon Retro and Teletoon At Night were not affected in network layouts.

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Whole or part of the information contained in this card come from the Wikipedia article "Teletoon (Canadian TV channel)", licensed under CC-BY-SA full list of contributors here.