Creator: Vortexx

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.

Unfortunately, in the Fall of 2014, it was replaced with Litton's all live-action One Magnificent Morning block, marking the end of the era of American free broadcast non-educational Saturday Morning Cartoons.

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

The block provides examples of:

  • Anti-Climax: Despite the fact that it was the very last Saturday Morning Cartoon broadcast in the United States, the final broadcast of Vortexx was treated as a normal broadcast with no fanfare or advertisement.
  • Edited for Syndication:
  • Last Of Its Kind - Well, Toonzai had this trope, and it applied ever more fittingly here. Sadly, Fall 2014 marked the End of an Age.
  • 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-PG content was the Monster Bash segment hosted by Kane which showcased all of WWE's creepy oddities and monsters.
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon: see Last Of Its Kind
  • Vindicated by Reruns: Despite being over 7 years old at the time, Justice League Unlimited was routinely the highest rated show on the block.

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