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Generally Speaking, bumpers are these standalone independent clips that are just a once-and-done sort of deal, but by tying everything together in this one setting, proper cohesion is achieved, and immersion can begin to thrive. A cohesive world is full of stories just waiting to be told, after all!

The "CN City" era of Cartoon Network began in June of 2004 and lasted until June of 2007, though the era would continue abroad until 2010. The era is named after, and associated with, its animated bumpers made by Animal Logic and regular CN contributor Primal Screen. It succeeded the "Powerhouse" era and thus marked the closure of the Cartoon Cartoons branding.

These bumpers are shorts that show various Cartoon Network characters interacting together. They predominantly take place in a city (hence the name) comprised of various locales from CN series, with a few original establishments. The bumpers, along with a new logo and announcer, were introduced with this montage.

What came afterwards varied depending on where you live. In the United States, the "Yes!" era gradually replaced it before being replaced in turn by the "Summer 2007" era, the "Fall" era, and finally, the "Noods" era. In Latin America, which saw the longest run of "CN City", The "Noods" bumpers would be imported to create the "Toonix" era. In Europe, the "Arrow" era would be adopted. In Asia and Oceania, a "New Wave" of bumpers would begin. All of these would eventually converge into the "CHECK It" era of bumpers which continues to this very day.


About eleven years after the bumpers stopped airing, the city was featured as the setting of the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus", in which K.O., Garnet, Ben, and Raven join forces to save the city from a supervillain bent on eradicating heroes, with several other CN characters new and old (even a few from CN Latin America productions) making cameos. The show's Grand Finale "Thank You for Watching the Show" would see a brief return to the setting to squeeze in a few more cameos.

As that brief comeback indicates, this particular era of bumpers proved quite popular with fans due to the crossover premise and unique setting and style, leading to many re-circulation efforts. YouTube compilations are plentiful, This fan-site serves as an in-progress archive of various bumpers, and the Lost Media Wiki is working to recover several bumpers from this and other CN eras. Eventually, the director of these bumpers would release HD masters of most of these bumpers on Vimeo.


As usual, there's more in-depth information on the Cartoon Network Wiki. Compare to FusionFall, Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War, and Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion for other Cartoon Network crossover works.

    Shows Featured 

Major appearances (shows that had their own set of bumpers)

Secondary appearances (characters appeared as a city-goer in varying degrees of prominence)

Minor appearances (characters cameoed on signs, posters, and the like, or else via clips)

"Crossover Nexus" and "Thank You for Watching the Show" exclusive cameos:

These bumpers provide examples of:

  • Animal Jingoism: In one bumper, Adam walked past a lion, whose locker was banging and making noises from within. Adam amiably asks "Whatcha got in there?", to which the lion replies "Lunch." Adam is understandably creeped out.
  • The Announcer: The atmospheric bumpers were primarily voiced over by Nikki, an at the time 16-year-old girl; sometimes characters from the shows would provide voice-overs instead.
  • The Artifact: The opening sequence for the revamped Cartoon Cartoon Fridays block running at the time depicted the CN Studios setting and cast from the preceding era of bumpers, with only the set near the end (and the CN logo at the beginning) being updated.
  • Blatant Lies: Low on funds as usual, Ed, Edd and Eddy manage to get into the movies for free by telling Chip, who's working as an usher, that they're imaginary friends, so they don't have to pay for entry.
  • Green Around the Gills: In an Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy bumper, Ed retrieves a jawbreaker from the sewer and proceeds to eat it, causing Edd and Eddy to look like they're about to puke.
  • Groupie Brigade: One bumper has Ami and Yumi entering the hardware store, only to immediately run out due to loads of loony fans.
  • Haunted House: Several bumpers featuring Mystery Inc. would have them investigating haunted hotel.
  • Here We Go Again!: One bumper involves Frankie Foster trying and repeatedly failing to find a parking spot for her bus after dropping the imaginary friends off at Town Hall. The end of the bumper has Fred in the Mystery Machine arriving at Town Hall after Foster and the friends have left, implying he's going to go through the same troubles she did.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: One bumper sees Courage, Ed, Eduardo, the Professor, and Numbah 3 as Christmas Carolers, the result being about as melodious as you'd expect.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Foghorn Leghorn appears as the mascot of a chicken restaurant, named McKimson's Chicken & Biscuits after his creator Robert McKimson.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The titular city features characters from all of Cartoon Network's original programming at the time living and interacting with each other.
  • Medium Blending: 2D-animated characters, each with the style of their original shows, all in near-photorealistic 3D settings.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: One extended spot has the Mayor mistaking Frankie for a beatnik thanks to her '60s-style bus. He yells at her to get off his property and threatens to call the Powerpuff Girls on her. He does the same thing to the Mystery Gang at the end after they take Frankie's parking spot.
  • Motif Merger: One bumper depicts the Justice League's personal logos floating on the wall of the Watchtower and converging into the CN logo.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Fred walks into an alleyway, and the Creeper walks out in his clothes.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: One bumper has Jack wielding a broom like a sword.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • The Powerpuff Girls use their power to play hide-and-seek, light the fireplace, and spare Professor the hassle of finding his parking spot.
    • Raven uses her telekinesis to build a house of cards and help reposition the sofa, and Starfire uses her flight to squeegee the windows.
    • Gus uses Robotboy to microwave popcorn.
  • Musical Episode: One bumper has Lazlo singing to Bloo about everything CN City has to offer.
    I'm taking advantage of all of the things / This place has to offer, like robots and wings
    If your house needs a plank or your car has a dink / You can find it at... Car-toon!
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Characters can be holding whatever sort of job needed for the bumper to work. Sometimes it gets weird when the characters in question are pre-teens or young teenagers.
  • Noodle Incident: A few bumpers depict the characters in certain compromising situations with no explanation, such as Edd tied up to a lamppost and phoning for help, Billy and Mandy trapped in TV static, or Lazlo and Raj behind the wheel of the Camp Kidney bus.
  • Offhand Backhand: One of the bumpers have Juniper knocking out a dragon sneaking up behind her without even looking.
  • Off-Model: Billy, Mandy and Grim resemble their Grim & Evil era designs in their own bumpers, as opposed to their more refined looks from their solo show. Billy is also depicted as a blond in one bumper; in the show itself, he's a redhead, even during the Grim & Evil days.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. In addition to Ed, Edd n Eddy, there's also Edward, the jerk platypus from Camp Lazlo, and Eduardo, the bull-like imaginary friend from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • Out of Character: Edd is frequently depicted as a willing participant in Ed and Eddy's shenanigans, instead of the unheeded Morality Chain he is in his home show.
  • Punk in the Trunk: The "Under the Stars" bumper opens with Grim driving into the local Drive-In Theater, with Billy emerging from the trunk.
  • Red Sock Ruins the Laundry: In one bumper, Samurai Jack and Johnny Bravo are washing their clothes at a laundromat. Jack's white clothes come out pink because Blossom forgot her pink nightgown when she was doing her own laundry earlier, and Jack didn't notice it while putting his clothes in.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The "Get Animated" bumpers were the only ones to feature live-action, due to their focus on encouraging kids to exercise.
  • Scenery Porn: Some bumpers lack characters and instead show off or focus on the details of the buildings and the like.
  • Self-Offense: One bumper depicts Dodgers in an intense firefight, only for Cadet to warn him that he's firing on his own fleet.
    Dodgers: That's... really gonna bring down my average.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Many characters who aren't present in the bumpers themselves appear via other means, often combined with a Mythology Gag:
      • Looney Tunes characters are predominantly relegated to signs and billboards.
      • In a Teen Titans bumper, The Flintstones and The Jetsons characters appeared on playing cards.
      • One bumper shows a magazine with Yugi on it.
      • Dexter asks a mall Santa (played by Eustace) that he wants a particle accelerator for Christmas. Eustace replies, "you'll shoot your eye out, kid", ala A Christmas Story.
    • One bumper had a Car Chase with the Camp Kidney bus being followed by the police, likely a reference to Speed.
    • The bumper where Jimmy is all alone in the city homages 28 Days.
  • Spiritual Successor: The bumpers are a more refined version of the bumpers of the preceding "Powerhouse" era, which depicted various Cartoon Cartoons, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera characters as Animated Actors working together at Cartoon Network Studios, with a key difference being the use of live-action extras. Fittingly, "Crossover Nexus" depicted the CN Studios building as part of the city.
    • There had also been earlier bumpers before those which depicted the characters all living in one city.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • The "Car Trouble" bumper has Professor Utonium leaving his keys inside his car. After trying multiple things to get the door open, Mandy comes along and asks if he actually tried the door handle. Turns out Utonium left it unlocked.
    Professor: Silly me! Thanks, Mandy.
    Mandy: Whatever.
    • A non-verbal example sees Dexter panicking as his lab has a meltdown of "unimaginable doom"... until Dee Dee flicks a single switch that sets everything back to normal.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Dexter uses a device to turn rain into jellybeans. Thing is, jellybeans, being more solid than raindrops, tend to hurt when falling from high in the sky en masse.
  • Toilet Teleportation: One bumper sees Sector V emerging one by one from a series of toilets, with Numbah 2 naturally getting stuck.
  • Torment by Annoyance: One bumper sees Dee Dee subjecting Dexter to the classic "I'm not touching you" bit, much to their parents' chagrin. Another sees her prancing around on the front lawn, blocking Dexter from entering the house.
    Dexter: Dee Dee, the sidewalk is no place for dancing! Aargh!
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment:
    • Dexter and Mandark aren't exactly happy to be sharing an elevator... until it briefly breaks down and they fearfully huddle together.
    • Juniper Lee boards the elevator, and a monster tries not to get noticed.
  • Washy Watchy: Munroe watches Lazlo riding in the washing machine in one bumper.
  • Wet Cement Gag: In one bumper, Ed has left his face-and-hand-prints (and the CN logo) on a sidewalk.
  • World of Badass: Every single show at the time had representation, which included all the really actiony shows.


Video Example(s):


CN City Elevator

Mandy manages to get away with letting one out in the elevator without being found out by the other toons in it.

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