Creator / Nicktoons

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Nicktoons is Nickelodeon's official term for their original animated programs (but that is not the subject of this page, for more on that, see here).

Nicktoons (previously known as Nicktoons Network and Nicktoons TV) is also a sister network of Nickelodeon launched in 2002. It is Nickelodeon's 95% animation channel. It was mainly meant to compete with Cartoon Network and Toon Disney and started as a vault channel for Nickelodeon's huge animation library. In addition to running the animation that was first-run on Nick at the time, it also served as a vault for the animated shows that they didn't air anymore, like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, Doug, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

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Old name and logo, used from 2005 to 2009.
In 2006, it aired their first original show: Kappa Mikey. This followed with other independently-funded acquisitions it made in the later part of the 2000 decade, such as Sky Land, Shuriken School, Edgar & Ellen, Ricky Sprocket, Three Delivery, The Secret Show, Wayside, and Making Fiends.

At around 2009, less and less original Nicktoons were shown in favor of more action-oriented animated programs, presumably to compete with boy-focused Disney XD and Cartoon Network. Two live-action programs, The Troop (with a few animated special effects) and Big Time Rush (totally live-action) also aired on Nicktoons. All of the aforementioned original toons were either playing in the graveyard slots or scrapped, and they were investing in strictly superhero adaptations of Marvel Universe characters. Those went away with Disney's purchase of Marvel Comics.

In 2010, Dragon Ball Z Kai (Nicktoons' first anime and Nickelodeon's return to showing anime) aired along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise's first showing on a Nickelodeon network since Nickelodeon acquired the license. Saban also to reran Power Rangers episodes on the network following its reclaiming of the series from Disney.

Currently, the network seems to exist as a rerun farm for Nick's lower-tier animated and live action series, along with plenty of SpongeBob marathons like the main network. It's also used as a backstop to burn off the rights to international Nickelodeon series which the main American Nick network has no serious plans to give them a chance (for instance, the short run of Oggy and the Cockroaches solely done because the company's distributor wouldn't license the series popular in Eurasia without an American run). There's also a block of "sports" programming known as NickSports, which airs sports-related cartoons and league Infomercials for kids for the NFL and NASCAR.

If you're looking for the franchise of original Nickelodeon animated series, see here. If you are looking for Nicktoons games, try Nicktoons Unite and Nicktoons MLB. This page has nothing to do with the New Orleans Saints wide receiver.

Programs on or previously on Nicktoons include:


Alternative Title(s): Nicktoons Network, Nicktoons TV

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