Wednesday, May 13, 2015

La Bande à Dexter

(Wikipedia-style article)
La Bande à Dexter was a programming block transmitted between circa September 2000 and 2004 on French public channel France 3, and was transmitted on either Saturday or Sunday mornings right after Les Minikeums had finished, and, from 2002 until the block was condemned, TO3.
France 3 had already transmitted CN/WB shows and has had a strong relationship with them. The cause of the block's creation is unknown, most likely in order to sort the CN/WB shows into a separate programming block. The block was made by Kayenta Production and aired several shows:
-The Powerpuff Girls
-Dexter's Laboratory
-Taz-Mania (most likely a remnant of the Télé-Taz block that aired on the channel in the second half of the 90s)
-Cow and Chicken
-Courage the Cowardly Dog
-Ed, Edd n Eddy
According to Kayenta, the block featured Dexter and his sister Dee Dee presenting their favorite cartoons. It is believed that the wraparound segments featured discussions between both characters, as if it was a proto-Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, even though the block was already existing in the States for about a year.
Due to reasons unknown, the block had their days (weeks?) counted and was sacrificed in 2004. France 3's kids blocks invested in putting those shows within the blocks they had (TO3/France Truc/Toowam) and add new shows from both companies. Following the unification and the creation of Ludo in 2009, very few CN shows like Ben 10: Omniverse and The Amazing World of Gumball have aired there, with repeats on France 4.

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