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The "CN City" era of Cartoon Network began in July 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.

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.

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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 overseas productions) making 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 the bumpers on Vimeo.

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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.


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Major appearances

Secondary appearances (characters made The Cameo as a city-goer)

Minor cameos (characters appeared on signs, posters, and the like, or else via clips, but were not animated)

"Crossover Nexus" exclusive cameos:


These bumpers provide examples of:

  • 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.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: One bumper has Jack wielding a broom like a sword.
  • Mundane Utility: One bumper shows Raven of Teen Titans fame using her telekinesis to build a house of cards.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Plumber's Crack: Seen in one of the Dexter's Lab bumps, with his robot highlighting it for good measure.
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • 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, and Jack didn't notice it while putting his clothes in.
  • Scenery Porn: Some bumpers lack characters and instead show off or focus on the details of the buildings.
  • Shout-Out: Many characters who aren't present in the bumpers themselves appear via other means (often combining this with 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. Yugi gets referenced in a few other bumpers, as well, as does Pokémon.
    • 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, a reference to Speed.
  • Spiritual Successor:
  • 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.
  • 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.

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