Cartoon Network Studios was an institution that shaped the lives of every child in the ’90s. It’s a reminder of the simpler days and one of many things that make people long for the past. In a recent release, Warner Bros. Animation announced a merger, which has sparked widespread indignation among the company’s supporters on various social media platforms.
Earlier, there had been rumors of the children’s channel closing down for good which caused panic among viewers. This was never confirmed, but the latest reports say that Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios are now officially merging.
This does not mean the end of Cartoon Network; rather, it signals a merger with Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. Despite the merger, each of these three studios will continue to function autonomously and generate its own unique programming. After Warner Bros. Television Group said they had let off 26% of their personnel, the whispers began to circulate.
Social media users panicked at the announcement, fearing the network was abandoning them. As a result, the hashtag “RIP Cartoon Network” was created on Twitter. Many admirers expressed their sadness about the purported closure of the network in posts tagged with this hashtag.
It’s worth noting that Sam Register touched on this same topic in a May interview with Vulture. He mentioned, “cross-studio overall arrangements” (or “global contracts”) for creators throughout the conversation. This contract basically gives the creators the freedom to choose between working with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, depending on the specifics of their project. A quote from his interview with Vulture reads, “Having a suite of studios allows us to have a different strategy when we talk to talent: ‘Do you love Scooby-Doo? Do you love Looney Tunes? You can do that. Do you have your own original idea? Well, we have a studio for that, too.