- Oct 28, 2016
Let’s see what will happen. As they mentioned that the block will be on CN, and won’t of course mention that the block will be Boomerang at all, unless if Cartoonito is officially returning back to most Europe, starting with CEE, where they’re currently airing Boomerang Playground.I think Cartoonito will make a comeback to Boomerang across Europe (with obvious exceptions to the UK and Italy), Boomerang's demographic in terms of age (ages 4-8) slightly overlaps with Cartoonito. I think the comeback will be better than the first time, mainly because of original programming, it will also help to improve Cartoonito UK and Italy as well. In the UK (and likely a lot of other markets), Boomerang is known to perform as well as Nickelodeon, although Nick Jr outperforms near enough everyone.
International versions of Cartoon Network are helped by the fact HBO Max originals are also airing on the channel, which is not the case on CN USA, which is likely why such a block was created to give the CN channel more purpose.
Toonami France has gone down a more adult path and is not a kids channel anymore, with it effectively merging with Adult Swim (it's pretty much CNX revived), if Toonami was to be rolled out across Europe it would have to incorporate Adult Swim, also it will involve getting the rights to anime programming in each new market and in some markets there don't seem to be an appetite for such content as streaming is considered the norm.
I was wondering if they’ll face closure like Disney XD, as preschool shows and third programming like Grizzy and the Lemmings might move to CN in some markets, or rebrand the channel in some markets to Boing or Toonami, as Cartoonito block might be on CN if it expanded Internationally again, because of being aired on CN Arabic and CN Turkey, and later on CN in the US.