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"So hang with us, and then you'll see
Dubba-dubba's all in the family
Jammin' this place for kids to be
Dubba-dubba Kids Dubba-dubba WB!"
—From a music video promoting the block, circa 1998.

Yakko Warner: What is a dubba anyway?
Jeff Bennett: We don't know, but it's awfully fun to say!
—The Saturday morning block's intro sequence from Fall 1996.
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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.


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Shows featured on Kids' WB!, in the order they appeared:

1995
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1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

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2003

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2007

2008


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.
    Bulbasaur: 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.

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