I’d hoped to make this video rather longer, but today I have learnt one important thing: it’s hard to scrape images off a dodgy VHS without a Time Base Corrector. Nonetheless, it gives a good idea of the kind of presentation Cartoon Network had back in 2003. (It’s very easy to date a video when there are 10th anniversary trails on there…)
I spared you the ads, as they were deeply loud and unpleasant. A charge that could perhaps be aimed at the trails you DO get here, but I rather like them – the one at 1:35 is especially good.
But the great thing about this era of Cartoon Network is the grid-formation idents/bumpers. They’re quite simply some of the best presentation the channel has ever had, and far better than anything they – or, indeed, most other channels – have now. Beautifully edited together, the way the action from many different cartoons seamlessly moves from one block to the other is incredible. Working on so many different levels – hell, they even fit in with the concept of the channel’s logo – they’re an example to channels everywhere of how to do fantastic presentation that fits with your output.
There’s plenty more from this VHS – as soon as I manage to get a decent signal out my bloody machine, I’ll grab some more of it.