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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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As part of the channel's focus on Cartoon Network's "classic" programming, the videos are more recently known to air during commercial breaks on Boomerang. 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:

  • '70s Hair: When the music turns to 1970s disco, Valerie suddenly begins sporting a huge afro even bigger than her actual '70s afro.
  • Art Shift: Musical Evolution gives each version of the Josie and the Pussycats theme its own art style.
  • 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.
  • Crappy Carnival: Courage the Cowardly Dog takes place in one themed on the show, with the aptly named title "Courage's Night Terrors". The carnival itself doesn't look too bad, but it's dead empty, uncannily bright, and has attractions based on the horrors the titular character faces.
  • 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.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Gorilla 4 Sale is all about Mr. Peebles' inability to just sell off Magilla. Most verses talk about almost sales that are only inhibited by circumstance.
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Atom's Theme has Atom fighting off four otherworldly men riding on horses. War is represented by a general with a tank, Famine by a three-headed man extolling the virtues of nuclear fire, Pestilence by a giant scrap robot breathing fire on the town, and Death by a robber planting nuclear Cartoon Bombs all over the world.
  • Hope Spot: The final verse of Gorilla 4 Sale details the one customer willing to buy Magilla Gorilla, a little girl named Ochie. She's enthusiastic and seems to love the monkey...but right at the end she sadly mentions she doesn't have enough money to claim him. "Mr. Peebles almost died" indeed.
  • Medium Awareness: The plot of Circles 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 a 1960s 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Josie and the Pussycats go KISS at one point.
    • Jabberjaw recreates the famous Jaws poster.
  • Stop Motion: Time is Running Out is animated with very convincing figures made for the short's board game aesthetic.
  • Unnaturally Looping Location: Barney's house in Circles, which somehow even warps in characters from other universes.
  • Wacky Racing: Rolling's video takes clips from the Betty Boop episode Betty Boop's Ker-choo in which she, Koko, Bimbo, and a few others compete for a racing trophy.

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