Lord Onixprime wrote:I remember something happening with my Fox Kids station, but I don't think it was the WB taking it over. If I recall correctly, Fox Kids changed it's name to something else (4Kids TV maybe, but I want to say that came after the first name change).
Ah yes. The death of Fox Kids by the hands of 4Kids was a mixed moment at best. On one hand, fox kids was being killed off. On the other hand, it gave birth to Fox Kids' spiritual successor, Jetix. though, there were some stages that came before that.
Fox Kids went off the air on September 7, 2002 and 4Kids Entertainment bought its timeslot, creating their own program block (on September 14, 2002) called the FoxBox, which eventually evolved into 4Kids TV on January 22, 2005.
During this time, The WB and UPN merged together on September 18, 2006, forming a new channel called The CW. All KidsWB! programming was moved to The CW while keeping its KidsWB name. Eventually, like its Fox Kids rival, KidsWB! went off the air as well (on May 17, 2008) and its timeslot was bought by, you guessed it, 4Kids Entertainment, in which they created another program block called The CW4Kids on May 24, 2008. Thus resulting in them having two similar program blocks on two separate channels.
Eventually, 4Kids TV came to its end, but instead of disappearing altogether, it simply moved into The CW4Kids. With the CW4Kids being the only one left of the two, it continued showing various 4Kids shows, as well as a few others like The Spectacular Spider-Man (which moved to Disney XD) and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight (the last show I watched on that program block and the only one at that for the most part). And now, The CW4Kids lives on under it new name of The CW4Kids Toonzai, which consists of some non-4Kids programming (like the super-edited
version of Dragon Ball Z Kai
) in addition to its normal 4Kids shows.
Regarding the fate of the Kids WB! shows, when it got replaced by The CW4Kids, some of its programming remained on The CW4Kids, until it all got taken off, ending with The Batman. After that, most/all of its shows from varying points of the past were moved to/started up again on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Toon Disney, and even more came back when Disney XD and the Hub was created. Currently, all shows that were previously part of Kids WB! that are still airing on TV (whether in new episodes or reruns) are playing on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Disney XD, and the Hub.
As for the Fox Kids programming, nearly all of it moved to ABC Family and was gathered in its own 2-hour program block everyday, showing four different shows each day (except for Sunday mornings, which took those two hours to show four Power Rangers episodes from past seasons in a block called "Best of Power Rangers"). Also, new episodes of Power Rangers would air on ABC Kids (formerly Disney's 1 Saturday Morning), and continued to do so until 2010 (it now airs on Nick and Nicktoons with its currently airing Samurai series).
But one show did not go onto ABC Family and instead went to UPN: Digimon season four (Frontier's English dub). But once that show ran all the way through to its finale, it finally joined its fellow former-Fox Kids shows on ABC Family, which had by this time developed its own programming block on that channel called Jetix (Jetix didn't start up right away when the shows came to ABC Family). Jetix began playing on ABC Family for a while, and eventually added a part of it to the Toon Disney channel. Over time, the Toon Disney Jetix block grew bigger than the ABC Family Jetix block (by this time "Best of Power Rangers" had been changed to "Power Ranger Generations"), and it was finally decided that all Jetix shows would be permanently moved to Toon Disney, where they resided from then on, taking up the Primetime and late-night/early-morning timeslots.
Eventually, a new show aired on Jetix that had a connection to an old Fox Kids show. This new show was Digimon Data Squad (the Digimon Savers English dub). Sometime after this show reached its finale, Toon Disney was completely revamped as Disney XD, consisting solely of showes targeted at late-grade school students to older children (gone were all the preschool/kindergarten/early-grade school targeted shows). With this new change came some new live-action shows, some other old cartoons from the 90's (some even came from Kids WB!) and all shows that were part of Jetix were integrated in to the channel itself, being shown sparsely during the day, and all the main shows starting sometime after midnight and ending before the dawn (except for Power Rangers, which was removed form the channel when it changed). This is how it is today for most of all the surviving Fox Kids shows. Phew! Man, I loved Fox Kids so much!
Lord Onixprime wrote:I watched a lot of RID, up to a few episodes past Ultra Magnus's appearance. All I remember is suddenly I couldn't figure out when RID came on, and never caught the end of the series. I think it was also around 2007 when I finally finished watching the series.
I personally loved RID. Out of the last decades cartoon series (starting and ending within that decade), it falls right under Animated on my list. Definitely beat out the Unicron Trilogy.
It ties with Beast Machines as my fourth favorite series, below Beast Wars, Animated, and Chojin Masterforce.