Creator / Toon Disney

In 1997, it became apparent to Disney that the company had so many cartoons in its archives, and too many cartoons to put on the Disney Channel's growing schedule, that they decided to make a Cartoon Network of their own. On April 18, 1998, the day of the Disney Channel's 15th birthday, Toon Disney, a 24 hour home to all Disney cartoons that had been made at the time (and some they had acquired, mostly from DiC Entertainment, which they had acquired with the 1996 Capital Cities/ABC merger) was officially launched.

Initially, the main focus of Toon Disney's line-up went to the cartoons that had been around right when it started up, the Classic Disney Shorts and the syndicated weekday afternoon shows that had been featured as part of The Disney Afternoon, along with their Saturday morning fare. As time went on, shows from Disney's more recent children's programming block, One Saturday Morning on ABC, soon joined the channel as well, and thus certain changes were made to balance the schedule between the two eras of Disney TV cartoons.

On February 14, 2004, Jetix, an action-oriented block, made its' debut in prime-time; it was the result of Disney buying out Saban and the remnants of Fox Kids.

At first, Jetix was only a two-hour block (that also aired on ABC Family; they dropped it after two years), but the block chose to expand themselves and took up more and more of the networks' hours. Because of Jetix's expanding, the old Disney cartoons that once made up the majority of the channel's schedule were all dropped one by one in favor of running contemporary shows from the regular Disney Channel that had not even been canceled yet. The channel then began airing live-action movies (a trait that would soon taint Cartoon Network as well), soon adding The Suite Life of Zack and Cody to their regular schedule as well. In the Jetix block, Toon Disney ran reruns of cartoons based on Marvel Comics superheroes (this was before Disney bought Marvel and became the outright owner of those cartoons), most likely to cash in on The Movies that the characters were now starring in. Jetix also picked up reruns of Batman: The Animated Series, Pinky and the Brain, and Superman: The Animated Series, despite being made by Warner Bros. (however, fans of those series were definitely glad Jetix brought them back to TV).

In 2008, Disney announced that, due to the channel's demographic preferring to instead watch Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon they were dropping Toon Disney and replacing it with a new network called Disney XD, come February 13, 2009. In other words, Toon Disney effectively became Jetix in all but name. However, as time has passed, Disney XD now has a heavy animation focus again, though with new content produced specifically for the channel.

Not to be confused with DisneyToon, which is Disney's animation studio.

Disney cartoons that have aired on Toon Disney:

Non-Disney cartoons that came on Toon Disney/Jetix/Disney XD:

Alternative Title(s): Jetix