Cartoon Network rang in their 20th birthday on October 1 with a celebration at the Turner Techwood campus in Midtown Atlanta. Not only did the entire staff at Cartoon Network join the celebration, but some of its most important players were there too: Scooby Doo, Fred Flinstone, Yogi the Bear, Johnny Bravo and many more characters all came too, and in life-size form. Alongside the impressive showmanship on stage were the CEO and COO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Cartoon Network, as well as Kasim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta. Together, the group announced that October 1st is “Cartoon Network Day” in the city of Atlanta. And while Ted Turner couldn’t make it, he left a video message for everyone a part of the Cartoon Network family over their success the past twenty years.
The party kicked off with a picture of the 1,000+ staff, followed by the Atlanta Falcons’ drumline, and a world premiere of a music video featuring the artist Mad Decent which was made for the birthday celebrations during the month of October. The video featured nearly 100 of the most famous cartoon characters who have made an impact on Cartoon Network’s legacy.
After the guests spoke, in true cartoon fashion, they ignited some TNT which blew open a box to unveil a cake that stood nearly five feet tall. The 1,500 piece cake was made by Atlanta’s own Karen Portaleo of Highland Bakery. It was complete with some of Cartoon Network’s most recognizable faces such as Bugs Bunny and Powerpuff girls.
In the past several years, Cartoon Network has teamed up with initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! to combat childhood obesity. The network has a lasting impression on teen and pre-teen boys and girls and has received many awards and recognition for its support to such projects.
The network has achieved a lot in its short, twenty-year history. When it began in 1992, it went out to only two million U.S. homes. Now, they’re the highest-ranking network of its kind, and ranks number 1 amongst boys 6-11. The Network can be found in over 175 countries, 26 languages, and in more than 365 million households worldwide today. They’ve also been awarded 57 Emmys for their original series.