On October 10, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. Discovery is bracing for a new round of layoffs this week, sparking rumours about the possibility of Cartoon Network ending for good, or at least changing forever.
“We hear multiple divisions of the merged company will be impacted, with Warner Bros. Television Group considered a main target,” the report informed. Warner Bros. Television Group serves as the distribution arm of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, HBO and the production arm of The CW and DC Comics.
After the news was blown out of proportion, resulting in a rumour about Cartoon Network “ending as we know it,” millennials from World over began sharing nostalgic tweets and Insta Stories to express their love for the beloved channel and how it shaped who they are today. However, Cartoon Network has something to say about all that’s been cooking in light of the merger.
“Y’all we’re not dead, we’re just turning 30,” a tweet on Cartoon Network’s official Twitter handle reads. Shared on the micro-blogging site earlier today, it adds, “To our fans: We’re not going anywhere. We have been and will always be your home for beloved, innovative cartoons. More to come soon!”
A follow-up tweet joked, “When the internet says you’re dead but you’re sitting here like…”
When the internet says you’re dead but you’re sitting here like
— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) October 14, 2022
Social media users from around the World have been penning down their childhood memories being associated with some of the channel’s most iconic shows and characters. Several reminisced watching Bugs Bunny, Looney Toons, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Power puff Girls, Tom & Jerry, among so many others.
“It’s the end of an era. End of our old childhood days. Don’t know why but this makes me little emotional. Thank you, Cartoon Network, for bringing smiles and joy back in the days,” a tweep shared. “It was always Cartoon Network over Disney and Nickelodeon for me,” said another. “Me watching my childhood fade away on Twitter every day,” posted a third. “Thank you for memories. RIP Bro,” tweeted one more.
Cartoon Network was founded on October 1, 1992. The Deadline report suggested that the downsizing could be attributed to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s efforts to find $3 billion in savings after the merger, which left the company with a net loss of $3.4 billion.
Originally published at tribune.com.pk