Boomerang Turns 5, Adds New Block

Cartoon network this week is celebrating the fifth anniversary of Boomerang, its 24-hour, commercial-free outlet dedicated to classic toons from the likes of Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. In addition to today’s launch of The Zoo, a new animal-themed programming block, the Boomerang birthday festivities will include an April 1 “Fool-a-Thon" featuring holiday-themed theatrical shorts and television episodes from the Time Warner library.

The Zoo will air Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring such animal stars as Squiddly Diddly, Magilla Gorilla, Yogi Bear, Peter Potamus, Snagglepuss, Wally Gator, Grape Ape, Yakky Doodle, Huckleberry Hound, Lippy the Lion, Atom Ant and Breezly & Sneezly. Additional stars slated to make guest appearances include Ricochet Rabbit, Touché Turtle and mouse duo Pixie and Dixie.

Starting Friday at 6:30 p.m., Bomerang’s April Fool’s Day marathon will spotlight toons starring Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Sylvester, Porky Pig, the Hillbilly Bears, Ranger Smith, Ralph Wolf, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn and Marvin the Martian, among others.

For more details on Boomerang programming, go to the official web site at