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Imagine a channel that showed a bunch of music videos during commercial breaks. These videos featured footage from the shows the network aired, and sometimes even had original animation made for it. And here's the kicker: many songs were done by prominent artists like They Might Be Giants, Will.i.am, and even Devo. Prepare to be surprised, as this was Cartoon Network during the late 1990s/early 2000s.
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You can view many of them here and here.


Some (but not all) of the original Cartoon Network Groovies made were...:


Cartoon Network Groovies contains examples of:

  • Art Shift: Almost all the shorts incorporate multiple art-styles.
  • Animesque: Dee Dee and Dexter resembles a 1960s anime and even features Japanese.
  • Bat Signal: "Signal in the Sky" is about the Powerpuffs having such a signal.
  • Deliberate VHS Quality: My Best Friend Plank has the nostalgic grainy look of an old home movie.
  • Delinquent Hair: '90s punk Josie and Melody wear mohawks.
  • Early Draft Tie-In: "Signal in the Sky" is about the Powerpuff Girls being called by a Bat Signal, which they only had in the pilot and first episode, and every time after that the mayor called them with a hotline. The signal would later come back in the show for a musical montage that uses the same song.
  • Reality Ensues: The plot of the "Circles" quickie concerns Fred and Barney becoming aware of the Wraparound Background.
  • Retraux:
    • The Musical Evolution short uses this as it goes through different music styles.
    • Dee Dee and Dexter is styled like an old anime.
  • Setting Update:
    • The characters of Jabberjaw are updated from 1970s teens to late 1990s/early 2000s teens. More specifically, they're a part of a ska band.
    • Josie and the Pussycats gets updated for the '80s and '90s, complete with changing music styles.
  • '70s Hair: When the music turns to 1970s disco, Valerie suddenly begins sporting a huge afro (even bigger than her actual '70s afro),
  • Shout-Out:
    • Josie and the Pussycats go KISS at one point.
    • Jabberjaw recreates the famous Jaws poster.

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