Cartoonito (British and Irish TV channel)

Cartoonito is a British pay television channel which targets children between the ages of 3 and 6.[1] It is run by Warner Bros. Discovery under its International division.

Rebranded logo as of 1 February 2022
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
NetworkCartoon Network Too
Cartoon Network
HeadquartersLondon, England, United Kingdom
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Timeshift serviceCartoonito +1
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channelsCartoon Network
CNN International
TCM Movies
4 September 2006 (original)
1 March 2022 (relaunch)
24 May 2007
ReplacedCartoon Network Too
(original version)
BTChannel 471
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live
(UK and Ireland only)
Now TVWatch live (UK only)
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)


Launch (2006–2007)

Original logo used from 4 September 2006 to 1 March 2018 and internationally until May 2018.
Second variant with black eyes dots, used from 2 March 2018 to 31 January 2022.

On August 14, 2006, the Turner Broadcasting System announced they would launch a new pre-school-oriented block for Cartoon Network Too known as Cartoonito, which would launch on 4 September 2006, running from 6 AM to 3 PM.[2]

Relaunch as full channel (2007-present)

On 2 May 2007, Turner announced that they would expand Cartoonito to a full-time network on 24 May 2007. This allowed for Cartoon Network Too to merge and replace Toonami, allowing the full Cartoonito channel to launch in the ex-Cartoon Network Too slot.[3] The channel ran between 3 AM and 7 PM in a time-sharing agreement with Turner Classic Movies 2 (later became Turner Classic Movies +1 after 13 August 2013).

On August 28, 2009, it was announced that a Cartoonito block would air on Boomerang from 9:00am-10:30am on school-term weekdays beginning in September. The aim of the block was to introduce the Cartoonito brand to viewers who had never seen the programmes the channel offered.[4]

On 25 March 2010, Cartoonito was added to Virgin Media.[5] For the launch, the channel's runtime was changed, now running from 4 AM to 8 PM. On 26 October 2013, Cartoonito was launched on BT TV, and Cartoonito launched on Plusnet in May 2015. On 15 December 2016, Cartoonito was added to TalkTalk.[6]

Introduction of 24-hour service (2017–present)

Cartoonito shifted its aspect ratio to 16:9 widescreen on 1 November 2017. The channel moved to a full 24-hour schedule on 15 January 2018.[7] On 2 March 2018, the channel was announced for a rebrand with an updated website.[8]

Rebrand and block relaunch (2022–present)

On 1 February 2022, the channel rebranded with the new 2021 logo and bumpers.[9] Following the rebrand, a Cartoonito block launched on its sister channel Cartoon Network, airing weekdays from 9 to 10 AM (was briefly extend to end at 11 AM from Spring until the Summer of 2022).[10]

See also


  1. DeMott, Rick (21 April 2011). "Turner Broadcasting To Launch Cartoonito Across EMEA". Archived from the original on 8 August 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. "Cartoon Network Too unveils preschool block - UK Broadcast News | 14/08/2006".
  3. "Turner Promotes Preschool Programming with Channel Changes in U.K."
  5. "Virgin Media Expands Kids' Line-up with Cartoonito". Virgin Media. 1 March 2010.
  6. "Cartoonito UK Now Available On TalkTalk TV". Regular Capital. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. RegularCapital. "Cartoonito UK Now Available 24 Hours A Day". Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. RegularCapital (5 March 2018). "Cartoonito UK Rebranded 2nd March 2018". RegularCapital. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  9. "WarnerMediaKidsUKFebruary2022Highlights.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  10. "WarnerMediaKidsUKMarch2022Highlights.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
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