The moment you think of Cartoons you go back in your “Childhood days”. Before the army of Satellite channels were introduced only Doordarshan was available and it was ever so famous as they used to telecast cartoon and animated shows for the Indian audience. It was full dhamaal for the Kids. I still remember the days when we used to wait for Duck Tales, Talespin, Jungle Book, Chip and Dale , Tenali raman, Flash gordon, Denice the menace and many other cartoon shows. The list is endless and the fun too was unlimited. Doordarshan was the only channel till 1995 that had managed to put a big smile on the faces of kids.
But soon things were about to change, in fact about to get more interesting. Cartoon Network started broadcast in India as the dual-channel TNT & Cartoon Network in 1995 with Cartoon Network initially operating from 5:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m, with Turner Classic Movies (formerly TNT) taking up the remainder of the daily schedule. Later the time slice of Cartoon Network was increased up to 9 p.m and as the popularity raised, on 1st July 2001, Cartoon Network India became a separate 24-hour channel. This meant more shows for kids, more variety of cartoon characters.
Following are some of the popular shows on Cartoon Network:
- Swat Kats
- Jonny Quest
So we are done with 2 channels who have managed to entertain the kids, so let’s find out more such channels. Next in line is Disney Channel India. Disney Channel began broadcasting in India in 2004. The Channel is very popular among Children between 5–17 years of age. Disney Shows are available in English, Hindi, and sometimes Telegu. And on top of that Disney Channel India airs movies at 11am IST and 7pm IST on weekends.
Following are some of the popular shows aired on Disney Channel:
- Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo
Now its time for a channel whose name itself might make you smile Yes you guessed it right “POGO”. It was launched on 1 January 2004,primarily shows animated programming and some live-action shows. Annually, it also showcases Pogo Amazing Kids Awards which are held in parts of India and children with nurtured talent are nominated for many categories. All shows are available in English and Hindi. Some shows are also available in Tamil.
Following are some of the popular shows aired on POGO :-
- Time Squad
- The Smurf
Hang on, there is more, let’s check out Nickelodeon India. It is a Television Channel devoted to children in India. It was first started in 1999 by Viacom International and currently Viacom 18. Nickelodeon India is an English Pay TV channel, with the option of a Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Nick India contains a lot of cartoon programmes that appeal to children such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Ninja Hattori-kun. Besides that, educational shows for toddlers, like Dora The Explorer, are featured in Nick India’s pre-school block.
Some more, Dont worry just sit back a enjoy the shows Next on the list we have Hungama TV. The only local kids’ 17 hours Hindi Entertainment channel in India, Hungama TV has been on high heels since its inception and now it has reached the second position in kids channel genre. It hosts two of the most popular shows of Japan, Doraemon and Shinchan, which is, probably, the key to its popularity. It has also introduced language feeds in Telugu and Tamil.
Next on the list we have Animax India. This is a Japanese anime broadcasting television channel in India and currently airs in English 24 hours a day. This channel is a part of Japanese media and Sony. It is also the first animation channel to be targeting from age 13-35 and the only channel to show a lot of anime programmings. Animax began operations across India and the rest of South Asia from 5 April 2004.
And finally we have Toon Disney. It was an American cable television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company. A spinoff of Disney Channel, it mostly aired children’s animated series and some live action programming. Its format had similarities to those of Cartoon Network and Nicktoons. The channel’s target audience was children between 2–12, and 7-14 during its nighttime block called Jetix.
Looking at the long list of channels for kids, i am sure you too might want to be kids again. There is a lot of variety of channels and shows for kids of different age groups. So which is your favorite cartoon character? Is it from the Doordarshan days, or the latest ones?