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The "CN City" era of Cartoon Network began in July of 2004 and lasted until June of 2007. 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 (thus the name). The bumpers, along with a new logo and announcer, were introduced with this montage.

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 defeat a super-villain bent on eradicating heroes.

As usual, there's more information on the Cartoon Network Wiki. This fansite 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.

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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:

  • Advertised Extra: A handful of Warner Bros. co-productions had their own sets of bumpers, but seldom appeared elsewhere. The Justice League in particular had very minimalistic bumpers (possibly because it was in the process of becoming a Toonami show).
  • The Announcer: Primarily a female voice, Nikki (a then 16-year old voice artist in the Atlanta area); sometimes characters from the shows would provide voice-overs instead.
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  • Brick Break: Ray Ray nearly tries this on Plank, only for Johnny 2x4 to stop him in the nick of time with a Diving Save.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Edward, not buying Eduardo's claim of being an Imaginary Friend, doles out an Eye Poke, nose pinch, and slug to the gut. Even if he's far more sensitive than he looks, Eduardo isn't going to take it lying down, and Edward winds up Stuffed into a Trashcan.
  • 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 van. 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 mop like a sword.
  • 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.
  • 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's pink nightgown somehow ended up in with them.
  • 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: The bumpers are this to the previous bumpers that depicted Cartoon Network characters as Animated Actors who share a workplace, as well as earlier bumpers depicting characters all living in one city.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: One 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.

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