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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.
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.
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.
- Ben 10
- Camp Lazlo
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Courage the Cowardly Dog
- Dexter's Laboratory
- Duck Dodgers
- Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
- Johnny Bravo
- Justice League
- The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
- Megas XLR
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey
- The Powerpuff Girls
- Samurai Jack
- Squirrel Boy
- Teen Titans
- Tom and Jerry
- What's New, Scooby-Doo? (Monsters from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! also appear)
Secondary appearances (characters made The Cameo as a city-goer)
- 2 Stupid Dogs
- The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers (European bumpers only)
- Atomic Betty
- Class of 3000
- Cow and Chicken
- Evil Con Carne
- The Flintstones
- The Huckleberry Hound Show
- The Jetsons
- Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (Japanese bumpers only)
- Sheep in the Big City
- Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries
- Time Squad
- Top Cat
- Yogi Bear
Minor cameos (characters appeared on signs, posters, and the like, or else via clips, but were not animated)
- The Cramp Twins
- Krypto the Superdog
- Looney Tunes
- ¡Mucha Lucha!
- The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
- The Simpsons in some countries
- SWAT Kats (on at least one foreign version of CN)
- Totally Spies!
- Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?
- Xiaolin Showdown
"Crossover Nexus" exclusive cameos:
- Adventure Time
- The Amazing World of Gumball
- Apple & Onion
- Craig of the Creek
- The Fancies
- Generator Rex
- Infinity Train
- Jorel's Brother
- Long Live the Royals
- Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
- Mighty Magiswords
- Mike, Lu & Og
- The Moxy Show
- Out of Jimmy's Head
- Over the Garden Wall
- The Problem Solverz
- Regular Show
- Secret Mountain Fort Awesome
- Summer Camp Island
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast
- Sunday Pants
- Sym-Bionic Titan
- Tiggle Winks
- Uncle Grandpa
- Victor and Valentino
- We Bare Bears
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 that lying down, and Edward winds up Stuffed into a Trashcan.
- City of Everywhere: CN City combines Townsville, Peach Creek, Jump City, Orchid Bay, Endsville, and the unnamed towns where Codename: Kids Next Door, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Dexter's Laboratory take place, respectively, into one large megapolis. The Bagge residence is located on the outskirts, and one bumper shows a highway leading to Metropolis and Gotham City, suggesting they're driving distance away, as is Camp Kidney. "Crossover Nexus" also incorporates the Noods (the mascots of another CN era), Mung Daal's Catering Company, Finn and Jake's tree fort, Gar's Bodega (though not the rest of Lakewood Plaza Turbo, strangely) and The Park into the city, with what looks like Ghost Planet floating above it.
- City with No Name: Given that the city is a fusion of many different locations, it doesn't/can't really have a single name, though later bumpers sometimes called it the "City of Downtown" or just "Downtown".
- Crossover: All of Cartoon Network's 2000s-era shows (and a few beforehand) all live together in the same city; the characters interacting with each other is a focal point.
- Demoted to Extra: From this point onward, the Cartoon Cartoons brand was largely relegated to a single half-hour program showing assorted bits from other shows, before being phased out entirely in 2007. The Top 5 block also lost its' Cartoon Cartoon branding (though it kept its' original theme), and was cancelled a day before the Noods became CN's look (though there was a bumper made for it)
- Deranged Animation: Referenced. The "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Tickets" short has Chip being conned by the Eds by them telling him that they're Mac's Imaginary Friends. Chip mentions imaginary friends are "crazy" and "freaky". Noticing that the Eds look just that, he lets them into the movies.
- Disco Dan: In the "Street Cred" short, Fred is presented as an oblivious dork who finds pride in having a very outdated late '60s van, to the point of bragging to Coop and Jamie in their Humongous Mecha. To drive the point home, he's wearing his classic ascot despite other bumpers depicting him in his ascot-less What's New look.
- Dogs Love Fire Hydrants: One of the bumpers features Scooby-Doo preparing to go on a hydrant, only for Courage to signal him to get in the back of the line. The camera then pans to a line of other cartoon dogs waiting to go (including Scrappy-Doo, Dino, and Huckleberry Hound).
- Economy Cast: Because every city-goer was a named character from a CN show, a few had to pull double duty and take certain occupations; Ed works as a busboy, Him works at a barbershop, and Buck Tudrussel runs a gym. It enters silly territory when certain characters serves as mascots for the city's goods and services (such as Plank for the local hardware store and Bubbles for laundry detergent).
- Groupie Brigade: One bumper has Ami and Yumi entering the hardware store, only to immediately run out due to loads of crazy fans.
- Let's Meet the Meat: Foghorn Leghorn appears as the mascot of a chicken restaurant, cleverly named McKimson's Chicken & Biscuits.
- 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:
- The bumpers are this to 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 (a key difference being the use of live-action extras). Fittingly, "Crossover Nexus" depicted the CN Studios building as part of the city.
- Even earlier bumpers 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.
- 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.