Télétoon is a Canadian French-language Category A specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment that specializes in animation programming. Its name is a portmanteau of "télévision" and "cartoon". Along with the English-language Teletoon, it is available in over 7.3 million Canadian households as of 2013.
The original Télétoon logo used from September 8, 1997 to February 4, 2007. In the station's early years, the red border was not there, and later it sometimes appeared blue, light green, or orange instead of red.
It was licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The French-language channel was the first to be launched, on September 8, 1997. It used the slogan La station de l'animation (The Animation Station, the same as that of the contemporaneous English-language channel), and later added and then switched to Imagine!.
When Télétoon was launched in 1997, it showed more mature fare as the day progressed, with a strong commitment to air diverse and international programming, and the ability to air a great majority of material uncut. A typical broadcast day started with preschool content at 7:00 a.m. EST and ended with adult content after midnight, airing more adult cartoons such as Duckman and various anime programs.
In 1999, Télétoon started airing bumpers These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation with some made by Guru Studio premiered on the channel in 2001. An updated look for the channel, no longer featuring the original logo, was later created for a partial rebranding in 2005. The bumpers were removed in 2007 as part of an on-air rebranding.
with its first mascot, Teletina.
Logo used from February 5, 2007 to September 4, 2011.
On February 5, 2007, Télétoon's on-air appearance and website were dramatically changed, and Le Détour's website was moved to teletoon.com. The look of the channel and the Le Détour block changed.
On September 5, 2011, Télétoon's branding was changed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of co-owner Astral Media and to reflect the transition from analogue to digital television. Télétoon la Nuit's on-air branding was not changed.
In August 2015, it was announced that Télétoon Rétro would be shutting down, and some series would be moving to Télétoon on September 1.
Changes in ownership
When launched, the channel was owned by a consortium made up of various other Canadian specialty services and producers; Family Channel acting as managing partner at 53.3% (in a partnership between Astral Media and Western International Communications), YTV at 26.7% (under Shaw Communications), and Cinar and Nelvana with 10% each.
Changes of ownership have occurred since 1999, starting when Corus Entertainment was spun off from Shaw Communications (who had owned a stake of Télétoon through YTV) in 1999. In 2000, Western International Communications (who owned a stake of Télétoon through the Family Channel alongside Astral Media) sold its stake of Télétoon to Corus Entertainment. Corus, in the same year, acquired Nelvana, another company who own a stake of Télétoon. Corus sold the channel to Astral Media in 2001. Through various acquisitions over the years, Cinar Films came to own a 20% stake, and Astral Media and Corus Entertainment each owned a 40% stake. In 2006, Cinar sold 10% of its stake of Teletoon to each of Astral and Corus, leading the two companies to each own 50% in Télétoon.
On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment announced that it would acquire Astral Media's 50% ownership interest in Teletoon Canada (owner of Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro, Télétoon Rétro and Cartoon Network). The purchase was in relation to Bell Media's pending takeover of Astral. The takeover had been rejected by the CRTC in October 2012, but was restructured to allow the sale of certain Astral Media properties so that the purchase could clear regulatory barriers. Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013. Corus's purchase was cleared by the Competition Bureau on March 18; the CRTC approved the Bell-Astral merger on June 27, 2013. On December 20, 2013, the CRTC approved Corus's full ownership of Teletoon Canada and it was purchased by Corus on January 1, 2014. The channel continues to be owned by Teletoon Canada, now wholly owned by Corus Entertainment under its Corus Kids and Corus Média divisions.
Many of the shows broadcast on Télétoon are those shown on its English-language counterpart dubbed into French. At first, both networks had identical schedules, airing the same episode of the same program at the same time. Nowadays, the schedules sometimes differ, because Télétoon carries some translated programs that its English-language counterpart does not, as they are aired on other cable networks. Many of the shows, such as The Simpsons and King of the Hill, are dubbed using local voice-over actors from Quebec, while others, such as Naruto and virtually all series originating from Cartoon Network, are dubbed in France and imported.
Unlike on the English-language version, daytime programming on Télétoon is broadcast commercial-free (other than for promotions for other shows), since much of the French Télétoon's audience is in Quebec. Quebec provincial law prohibits paid commercials during children's programming, generally during the morning and afternoon hours. The channel remains ad-supported during the evening and overnight hours.
At its inception in 1997, the channel had a stated goal of producing 78 half-hours of original content every year, and it has been active in commissioning programming since then. The licence granted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996 required a gradual increase in the portion of Canadian programming on the schedule by about five percent each year starting from 40% in its first year of operation to 60% by 2002. In 1998, network management decided to focus on renewals instead of new shows – adopting a more cautious strategy than launching a significant number of new series, as it had in the prior year. By 2001, however, the station was noted as possibly being the Canadian channel with the highest spending on original production, having invested in 98 series, including 225 half-hour episodes that fall season.
As a bilingual service, Teletoon/Télétoon maintains two separate broadcast feeds, with a single licence for the English- and French-language channels. It is one of only two Canadian specialty services with such a licence. At the original licensing hearing before the CRTC, the network's operators had stated that the two channels "would be similar in nature and programmed with a similar attitude towards them. But for the reasons of rights availability, for the reasons of the question of advertising to children in Québec and for the reason of dealing with the differences in the market, there might be variations in the services offered." To this end, the station implemented a requirement that all original programming be delivered in both languages. By 2007, however, this condition had been relaxed to apply "whenever possible", and over the following years some original series were only shown on one of the channels.
This is a list of programs being broadcast regularly.
- Les vendredis superhéros – "Les vendredis superhéros" is an action-oriented programming block airing Friday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. ET.
- Vive les samedis – "Vive les samedis" is a Saturday morning programming block from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, this block was formerly known as Les dessins animés du samedi matin.
- Télétoon présente – "Télétoon présente" is a block on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, that mostly airs animated movies (such as Tom and Jerry: The Movie, The Powerpuff Girls Movie and Looney Tunes movies, among others). It also airs live action movies such as the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This block was formerly known as Cinétoon.
- Télétoon la Nuit - Animated programming targeted towards teen and adult audiences airs during the nighttime hours as part of the programming block, Télétoon la Nuit (formerly "Le détour sur Télétoon", then "Télétoon Détour"), the French version of Teletoon at Night (formerly Teletoon Detour), which is similar in format to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Télétoon la Nuit starts at 8 p.m.
- Camp Télétoon – The Camp Télétoon block replaces morning programming during the summer vacation period from July to August, containing some of the channel's popular programs, and daily movies. However, in the summer of 2009, Camp Télétoon was placed on hiatus, with Fou rire taking its place. The block returned in the summer of 2012, now airing weeknights from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. ET.
- C'est Noël - This block features holiday specials
- Original blocks – In 1997, Télétoon chose a different style of animation for each block. Each blocks were represented as planets: Claymation for Pre-School (4 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Cel animation for Kids (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Collage for Family (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Paper mache for Adult (9 p.m. to 4 a.m.). Each block's bumpers were made by Cuppa Coffee Studio.
- Télétoon Déjonté - Launched in 2000, Télétoon Déjonté is a teen and adult-oriented block of the channel; it co-existed with Le Détour sur Télétoon until the block merged with it in 2004.
- Télétoon Kapow! – Launched in September 2003, Kapow! was an action block, which featured the shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider Riders, MegaMan NT Warrior and The Batman. Kapow! was usually shown on weekend mornings in large blocks, although it did air in smaller blocks during the weekdays. Teletoon Kapow! was used as the name of the Canadian Cartoon Network channel license.
- Le Spin – Le Spin was created in September 3, 2007 and air every weekday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with different shows everyday. Throughout the week, viewers could vote online on the Télétoon website to pick one show that would air during Le Spin block. Once a month, five viewers each got to choose the shows for an entire weekday afternoon.
- Fou rire – The Fou rire block aired weekday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET and on Saturday mornings. It aired shows such as Out of Jimmy's Head, Chowder, and Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- 3 heures vraiment cool – The 3 heures vraiment cool block aired on Monday through Thursdays and Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET. On Thursdays, it was called "Les jeudis vraiment trop cool", and it aired new episodes of The Simpsons, Johnny Test, Jimmy Two-Shoes, Stoked, Total Drama, Majority Rules and 6teen.
- Télétoon Rétro – Télétoon Rétro was the brand for Télétoon's blocks of classic animated programming. In Fall 2008, a digital channel under the same name was launched, featuring classic animated programs.
- Mission:Action – The Mission:Action block aired on weekdays starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, and on Sunday mornings/afternoons. It featured action series such as The Secret Saturdays, Bakugan, Chop Socky Chooks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Naruto, Wolverine and the X-Men, Johnny Test, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Chaotic, Totally Spies, The Super Hero Squad Show and The Spectacular Spider-Man. New additions included Power Rangers Samurai, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, The Amazing Spiez, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders.
- Télétoon Jr. - The Télétoon Jr. block aired weekdays starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. A video-on-demand channel also exist which run a different set of series than those featured on the block.
- J'aime les jeudis – "J'aime les jeudis" is a programming block airing on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. ET.
Télétoon Sur Demande
Télétoon Sur Demande is a video-on-demand channel featuring series from Télétoon.
Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande
Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande is a video-on-demand multiplex channel and was named after a program block featuring animated series aimed at younger children's; shows included on the Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande channel have included such shows as Caillou, Atomic Betty, George of the Jungle, The Future is Wild and Bobby's World. Unlike Télétoon and Télétoon Rétro, the channel do not feature an English counterpart. It is also not available as a programming block on Télétoon anymore.
Télétoon Rétro was a Category B digital cable and satellite channel that debuted in Summer 2007. It was named after a program block featuring classic animated series. Télétoon Rétro channel's programs have included The Tom and Jerry Show, The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Raccoons, The Jetsons, Astro Boy and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The channel closed on September 1, 2015 and was replaced by Disney La Chaîne.
Since then, Télétoon now airs Télétoon Retro content.
Teletoon and Cartoon Network are the English counterpart and sister channel to Télétoon, respectively. They broadcast most of the shows from its French-language counterpart in English.
On March 24, 2014, Télétoon launched a high definition feed called Télétoon HD, which simulcasts the standard definition feed. The channel is available on Cogeco, then on Vidéotron and Bell Fibe TV.
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