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With the rise of televised cartoons, so came the rise of cartoons aimed specifically at the youngest audience: toddlers and infants.

The genre of preschool-aimed cartoons really kicked off in the 1990s. As a result many networks have blocks dedicated to preschool cartoons, such as Nickelodeon's Nick Jr., Disney Channel's Disney Junior (formerly "Playhouse Disney"), and Cartoon Network's short-lived Tickle-U block. Several of these blocks have even spun off into their own channels dedicated exclusively to preschoolers and their parents.

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Preschool aimed live-action shows date back several decades, but the codifier was Sesame Street in the 1960s. Many feature either puppets or people in costumes.

Most cartoons of this sort are either Flash animated or All CGI Cartoons. They are usually Edutainment Shows, either teaching outright lessons or being of the general type of edutainment that teaches kids about life skills, though some more slapstick cartoons exist as well.

There's an overlap between this genre and the "young child" show (like Arthur or Clifford the Big Red Dog), but preschool shows tend to feature slightly younger characters and more preschool-oriented themes. Most preschool shows have a target demographic of age 2-5 while shows for older children have a target demographic of age 6-11. A work can be in both demographics by being a general "early childhood" cartoon.

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The genre has been critiqued for being bad for children's psychological and physical health, but it's also received praise for its educational and moral merits. These kinds of shows also tend to attract the Periphery Hatedom the most for many of the tropes commonly associated with them.

Compare to Kodomomuke for Japanese anime which are oftentimes preschool-aimed and Picture Books for the literature equivalent.


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