Creator / Vortexx

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Vortexx was a Saturday Morning Cartoon block on The CW, that replaced Toonzai, and was run by Saban Brands. The block aimed to feature action-adventure and comedy shows, including Professional Wrestling from WWE, and aired in HD, unlike with Toonzai and other past 4Kids Entertainment blocks.

The block was launched on August 25, 2012, but only lasted two years. On September 27, 2014, it was replaced with Litton's all live-action One Magnificent Morning block. Vortexx wound up being the last traditional Saturday morning block that didn't focus on educational cartoons.


Shows airing on Vortexx (Toonzai holdover marked with *):


The block provides examples of:

  • Anti-Climax: The final broadcast of Vortexx was treated as a normal broadcast with no fanfare or advertisement.
  • End of an Age: Though Vortexx wasn't the last program block to air cartoons on Saturday mornings, it was the last traditional block to premiere new and exclusive shows.
  • Last Of Its Kind: Well, Toonzai had this trope, and it applied ever more fittingly here. Almost three years later, the baton would be picked up by Sinclair's daily children's block, KidsClick, in July 2017.
  • Lighter and Softer: As mentioned above, every acquired show is edited down to air under The CW's strict TV-Y7-FV standards.
    • WWE Saturday Morning Slam was lighter fare than WWE's usual programming, being forced to abide by TV-G standards instead of WWE's usual TV-PG-V rating. Also, moves aimed at the neck or head are banned. This got a little obvious when Randy Orton had a match, since his finisher, the RKO, specifically targets the neck. Every time he tried it, or his second rope DDT, they would awkwardly cut to the announcers.
      • The only non-Y7 content was the Monster Bash segment hosted by Kane which showcased all of WWE's creepy oddities and monsters.
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon

"Am I destined to draw upon his darkness in the future?" — Astral, Yu Gi Oh Zexal, "Darkness Dawns" — What would have been the last lines of the last Saturday morning animation ever broadcast! note 
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