Tickle-U (partially found Cartoon Network preschool block; 2005-2006)
Tickle-U was a short-lived preschool block that aired on Cartoon Network from 2005 to 2006, airing from 9AM to 11AM on Mondays through Fridays. The block was composed of seven cartoons from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
The block had three cartoons that were redubbed for American audiences, and all those dubs are considered lost.
The series was hosted by two characters named Pipoca (voiced by Ariel Winter who would later voiced Princess Sofia from Disney Junior's Sofia the First) and Henderson (voiced by Tom Kenny, well known for voicing characters such as Heffer Wolfe from Rocko's Modern Life, Dog and Cliff from CatDog and the titular SpongeBob SquarePants).
Program Information[edit | edit source]
- Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs (Canada; now owned by 9 Story Entertainment)
- Gordon the Garden Gnome (UK; produced by Collingwood O'Hare)
- Little Robots (UK; produced by BBC)
- Peppa Pig (UK; produced by Nick Jr. and Entertainment One)
- Firehouse Tales (USA; produced by Warner Bros.)
- Yoko Jakamoko Toto (UK; produced by Collingwood O'Hare)
- Gerald McBoing-Boing (Canada; produced by Cookie Jar [now DHX Media], Teletoon, and Classic Media [now DreamWorks Classics])
Findings[edit | edit source]
- Gordon, Peppa and Little Robots were redubbed for American audiences. Of these three cartoons, Peppa is the only one that is still airing on American television, albeit on Nick Jr. with the original UK dub. It should also be noted that the original Lionsgate DVDs of Peppa also use the UK dub.
- An anonymous user contacted Cartoon Network via their Scratch video platform, but a company representative said that the channel no longer has any footage of these cartoons.
- In 2006 and 2007, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released two DVD's of Little Robots, titled Big Adventures and Reach for the Sky respectively. These DVD's have the American dub. However, the audio on the latter DVD is at a slightly lower pitch for some reason, and the DVD itself was released almost a year after the series stopped airing on CN. YouTube user ahatbears has posted one episode of the US dubbed version of Little Robots on YouTube, that being "The Hiccalots," however, it's been blocked everywhere outside the United States by the BBC, prompting ahatbears to remove the theme song and the credits from the episode for the current upload. As of 2021, all of the American dubbed episodes featured on both DVDs have been posted onto YouTube by a user named Little Robots - Full Episodes & More.
- Steve Patrick, the director of the Pipoca and Henderson segments, uploaded a sampler of his work onto YouTube.
- Yoko had very little dialogue, and it was thus not redubbed for American audiences unlike Gordon, Peppa or Little Robots.
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (the home video branch of Cartoon Network's parent company Warner Bros.), then known as Warner Home Video, released a five-episode DVD of Harry in 2006 when the series was still airing on CN. The Canadian dub of the first season can be streamed on Netflix and has aired on Qubo in the US and Playhouse Disney (now known as Disney Junior) in Southeast Asia. The second season of Harry only aired on Qubo.
- Firehouse Tales is directly owned by Warner Bros., the parent company of Cartoon Network, making it the only original series for Tickle-U.
- The later seasons of Peppa were never dubbed for American audiences, because Cartoon Network lost the license to the series.
- SLN! Media Group uploaded several bumpers of Pipoca and Henderson. (Note that Baby Looney Tunes and Big Bag were never broadcast in the block.)
- Peppa and Gordon were dubbed in Miami, Florida at Chrom Dubbing Studios. Elaine Torres was the voice of Rosy in Gordon, while she voiced Suzy Sheep in Peppa. Chloe Dolandis was the voice of Emily Elephant and Richard Rabbit. However, it is now known who voiced Peppa and Gordon themselves. Sydney Patrick was the voice of Peppa while, Barry Tarallo (the American narrator for Peppa) was the voice of Gordon.
- Gordon the Garden Gnome has been released on DVD and on Amazon Prime and TubiTV in the United States, however, they utilize the British version rather than the American version, which implies that it was released on DVD sometime after it stopped airing on Cartoon Network.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The original British airing of Little Robots had the theme song sung by a man. In the American broadcast, the singer was a group of children. In the intro, Scary also has a different, and higher, voice than he actually does in the US dub, where he's voiced by Mike Hailey, his UK voice actor.
- The American dub of Little Robots is also said on Wikipedia to have aired on the Southeast Asian feed of Playhouse Disney (now known as Disney Junior) alongside Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
- In the American dub of Peppa Pig, Peppa has a more mature voice, and Mummy Pig is called "Mommy Pig"(Due to Peppa Pig's British origins, "Mom" in the US is spelled "Mum" in the UK, and so on).
- Each show in Tickle-U had its own 15-minute segment. Yoko was first at 9:00, Harry was next at 9:15, followed by Peppa, Firehouse, another airing of Yoko, Gerald, Little Robots, another airing of Peppa, and the final show in the block was Gordon at 10:45.
- The American version of Gordon's theme song was somewhat deeper than the British version.
- When a show is on, there is a sidebar that says "This is Tickle U on Cartoon Network! Thanks for watching." and the Cartoon Network or Tickle U Logo in a blue circle at the right.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Images[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Promos/Clips[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Anthology Series[edit | edit source]
- Cartoon Network "Cartoon Network Responds!" (partially found interstitials from TV channel; 1997-1999)
- Big Bag (partially found Cartoon Network live-action/animated/puppet series; 1996-1998)
- The Moxy Show (partially found episodes of Cartoon Network CGI animated anthology series; 1993-2000)
- Sunday Pants (partially lost Cartoon Network animated anthology series; 2005)
- ToonHeads (partially lost Cartoon Network animation anthology series; 1996-2003)
- ToonHeads "A Night of Independent Animation" (partially lost special of Cartoon Network animation anthology series; 1996)
- What A Cartoon! (found Cartoon Network animated anthology series; 1995-1997)
Bumpers and Interstitials[edit | edit source]
- The Big Game XXVI: Tom vs. Jerry (found Cartoon Network marathon special; 1998)
- Cartoon Network (partially found "High Noon Toons" bumpers from TV channel block; 1994-1996)
- Cartoon Network (partially lost "Nood" bumpers from TV channel; 2008-2010)
- Cartoon Network NBA All-Star Slam (partially found interviews of marathon; 2003)
- Cartoon Planet (partially found bumpers of revival block of Cartoon Network animated variety series; 2012)
- Codename: Kids Next Door Mission Weekend (partially found marathon bumpers for Cartoon Network animated series; 2003)
- Fridays aka "Cartoon Cartoon Fridays" (partially found interstitials from Cartoon Network channel block; 1999–2007)
- Hotdog TV (partially found Cartoon Network interstitial series; 2010)
- JBVO, Toon FM & Viva Las Bravo (partially found interstitials from Cartoon Network channel blocks; early-mid 2000s)
Pilots[edit | edit source]
- Ben 10 (partially found unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; early-mid 2000s)
- Billy and Mandy in Trepanation of the Skull and You (found prototype short of "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" Cartoon Network animated series; 1995)
- Camp Lazlo "Monkey See, Camping Doo" (lost unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; 2004)
- Captain Sturdy (found Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2001)
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (found unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; 2003)
- IMP, Inc. (found Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2001)
- A Kitty Bobo Show (found storyboard of cancelled second animated pilot for Cartoon Network; 2002)
- Major Flake in "Soggy Sales" (found Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2001)
- Mess O' Blues (partially found prototype short of "Johnny Bravo" Cartoon Network animated series; 1993)
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey (lost unaired pilots of Cartoon Network animated series; 2003/2004)
- Project Gilroy (lost Cartoon Network animated pilot; 2007)
- Regular Show (non-existent Flash pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; late 2000s-2010)
- Squirrel Boy "Kite Makes Right" (lost unaired pilot of Cartoon Network animated series; 2004)
- Uncle Gus (partially found original English audio of Cartoon Network animated pilots; 2000-2001)
Live-Action[edit | edit source]
- Bobb'e Says (partially found Cartoon Network live-action clip series; 2009)
- BrainRush (partially found Cartoon Network live-action game show; 2009)
- Track Rats (partially found Cartoon Network reality short series; 2010)
- The Othersiders (found Cartoon Network paranormal reality series; 2009)
- Out of Jimmy's Head (partially lost original English dub of Cartoon Network teen sitcom; 2007-2008)
Other Cartoon Network Series[edit | edit source]
- Ben 10 (partially found pop-up trivia version of episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; 2008)
- Chowder (lost production material of cancelled Cartoon Network TV film; 2009)
- Class of 3000 (found original English dub of Cartoon Network animated musical series; 2006-2008)
- Codename: Kids Next Door (lost production material of cancelled episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; 2002-2008)
- Dexter's Laboratory "Rude Removal" (found unaired episode of Cartoon Network animated series; 1997)
- Droopy's Guide to the Cartoon Network (found launch preview of TV channel special; 1992)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy "Luck Be an Ed Tonight"/"A Room with an Ed" (rumored/lost unfinished episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; existence unconfirmed; 2005)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy "Special Ed" (non-existent unproduced episode of Cartoon Network animated series; late 1990s/early 2000s)
- I Heart Tuesdays (lost production material of cancelled Cartoon Network animated series; 2011-2012)
- I-10: The Ben 10 User Generated Experience (found Cartoon Network TV special; 2008)
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes "Crossover Nexus" (partially found original 22-minute version of Cartoon Network animated series episode; 2010s)
- Skatoony (found original British version of Cartoon Network quiz show; 2006-2008)
- Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? (partially lost unreleased original voice audio and unfinished/unknown episodes of Cartoon Network animated series; 2002-2003)