Dubba-dubba's all in the family
Jammin' this place for kids to be
Dubba-dubba Kids Dubba-dubba WB!"
Jeff Bennett: We don't know, but it's awfully fun to say!
The Saturday-morning and weekday afternoon children's programming block on The WB (and The CW for its first one-and-a-half years), which deserves special mention as being not only the longest-running Saturday-morning block in television history, but also the only block of its kind to outlive the channel it was created for. With many of the shows featured on the block slowly finding their way on other channels such as Cartoon Network as early as 1997, the block was canned after a 12-year-run in the spring of 2008.
The name was repurposed as a website featuring the Looney Tunes shorts, the Hanna-Barbera library, and the DC Comics-based cartoons. In 2013, the website's shows were scaled back heavily, and after The WB website shut down in 2013 as well, it was euthanized in May 2015.
Shows featured on Kids' WB!, in the order they appeared:1995
- Animaniacs (Served as the block's original mascot series when it moved from Fox Kids. Was one of the first shows on the block to air on weekdays.)
- The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
- Pinky and the Brain
- Earthworm Jim
- Looney Tunes shorts (The other initial weekday show, often packaged in compilation shows as That's Warner Bros.! note , Bugs N Daffy note , or The Daffy Duck Show note .)
- Tiny Toon Adventures reruns
- Captain Planet (Mostly the episodes from seasons two to four. Season one was never shown and seasons five and six were only shown on international channels.)
- The New Batman/Superman Adventures (A package series that combined Superman: The Animated Series with a revamped version of Batman: The Animated Series known as The New Batman Adventures that took place a few years after the original series. Reruns of the original were also shown.)
- Men in Black: The Series
- The Legend of Calamity Jane (Very short lived show that was show only three episodes before being punted off for being a bit too mature for kids.)
- Channel Umptee-3 (Educational series, largely made to comply with the FCC standards.)
- Invasion America (Carrying over from its prime-time showing. However heavily edited to tone down swears and violence)
- Brats of the Lost Nebula (Puppet based series, However didn't last beyond three episodes.)
- Histeria! (Second educational show, but more well remembered.)
- Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (One of the most hated spin-offs in modern cartoon history.)
- Batman Beyond
- Pokemon (Needless to say, the biggest money maker of the block after it was picked up from syndication. The continuation of the series contributed to the rise of both the Pokémon craze and the anime boom. Starting from the original Indigo League season, It would stay with the network until the end of the Advanced Battle season in 2006 when 4Kids Entertainment lost the license and ultimately hop over to Cartoon Network.)
- The Big Cartoonie Show note (Basically a compilation of toons from Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Looney Tunes, and later, Tiny Toon Adventures.)
- Max Steel
- Cardcaptors (Many episodes were omitted in order to make the show more appealing to boys.)
- Generation O!
- Jackie Chan Adventures
- Static Shock
- X-Men: Evolution
- The Zeta Project
- Cubix: Robots for Everyone
- The Mummy: The Animated Series
- The Nightmare Room (The first live-action show ever to air on the Kids' WB line-up and Spiritual Successor to Goosebumps, though it didn't last long.)
- Rescue Heroes: Global Response Team (Previously aired on CBS.)
- Dragon Ball Z (Aired for about a week as a part of the Kids' WB Toonami. Ironically when the block became Toonzai down the line, the Kai series lasted longer.)
- Sailor Moon (Same with Dragon Ball Z, though it lasted for two weeks and was never brought back after its first showing.)note
- Scooby-Doo reruns (Consisting of reruns of almost all of the franchise's previous shows.)
- The Powerpuff Girls (Repeats of Cartoon Network series, though a few episodes from the fourth season did premiere on the network before their Cartoon Network airing.)
- ¡Mucha Lucha!
- Baby Looney Tunes (Often aired with its own Eye Catches while the block's promotions and kid-friendly commercials were shown. Whether this actually aired on the block or just the network itself remains dubious.)
- Ozzy & Drix
- Phantom Investigators (first stop-motion show to air on the lineup; was removed after six episodes of the thirteen had aired due to not having enough male viewers. note )
- What's New, Scooby-Doo?
- Codename: Kids Next Door (Repeats of Cartoon Network series.)
- Da Boom Crew (only 4 out of 13 episodes aired in America; everything else only aired overseas.)
- The Batman
- Megaman NT Warrior (First two seasons)
- Astro Boy (2003 series, never finished)
- Johnny Test
- Loonatics Unleashed
- Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island
- Viewtiful Joe (First series only. The second series, which covers the 2nd game, was never dubbed)
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (repeats of Cartoon Network series.)
- Transformers Cybertron
- Spider Riders
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Tom and Jerry Tales
- Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
- Monster Allergy
- Krypto the Superdog
The block itself is associated with the following tropes:
- Adapted Out: Some of WB's children programs from the late 80s and early 90s, such as Beetlejuice, Taz-Mania and Kidsongs never aired on Kids' WB due to existing agreements with other networks (Nickelodeon, Fox Kids and PBS Kids respectively, with the former two both eventually airing on Cartoon Network). Not to mention that the former two shows had already ended production and the latter was aimed at pre-schoolers. Later on, two WBA series produced for Cartoon Network, Justice League and Duck Dodgers, were similarly denied runs on the block.
- Anvil on Head: In one bumper, a seesaw incident launches an anvil onto the head of the WB logo, causing an imprint on its "head" as well as Circling Birdies.
- The Artifact: As the block began to shift more towards action cartoons and anime, which were fueled by the successes of Superman: The Animated Series and especially Pokemon, the WB studio and its water tower became this after the The Big Cartoonie Show, which featured the block's final runs of Animaniacs, was discontinued in late 2000.
- The block itself, or at least the name became this during the CW era.
- Circling Birdies: In some bumpers, the WB logo would get injured or dizzy and stars and birds would circle around its head. In the spot where it gets hit with an anvil, the birds are replaced with winged anvils.
- Cross Through: Happened very often in the promos, especially in the ones advertising Pokémon.Agent Kay: Meet [my new partner,] Bulbasaur.
Agent Jay: You're trading me in for a lizard?! What's so special about him!?
Bulbasaur: Bulbasaur!! (performs Vine Whip on Jay)
Kay: Built-in weaponry.
- Early Installment Weirdness: From the block's debut until around sometime in 1997, the WB studio backgrounds were flat instead of 3D and were similar to those found in if not completely ripped from Animaniacs. Confetti and balloons were almost everywhere and instead of the stylized shield-like emblem that was similar to the normal Warner Bros. logo, the logo at the time consisted of a yellow ring simply placed in back of the constantly bouncing letters, with the colors of the letters and exclamation mark all being different colors. Also, many actors from the sitcoms of the main network's lineup like The Parent 'Hood and Sister, Sister would appear during the bumpers, sometimes interacting with the animated characters.
- Dueling Shows: With Disney's One Saturday Morning and Fox Kids (thanks to WB taking their shows back from them). Fox Kids' successor, the FoxBox, later renamed 4Kids TV, served as this for a while until 4Kids got into a shoving match with Fox and took over this block instead.
- In Name Only: The version of Toonami that took over the block between 2001 and 2002. While Toonami classics like Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon did air on Kids WB, this "Toonami" was hardly like the original on Cartoon Network. For starters, Tom didn't even have any voiced lines, and a greater part of the lineup consisted of shows that were already airing on the block at the time, some of which such as Generation O! and Scooby-Doo didn't fit the block's action-animation branding. This also came at the cost of temporarily reducing the original Toonami's schedule by an hour.
- "Kick Me" Prank: In one bumper, the WB logo and Omi from Xiaolin Showdown put a "Tickle Me" sign on the WB water tower's back, making it angry.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: As stated above, The shows' animated stars would sometimes interact with characters from The WB's live-action sitcoms in the bumpers.Curtis Williams: Dot has something to say.
Dot: Thank you, Curtis. And now, back to our program.