|Type||Online network (2008–2012)
Saturday morning cartoon block (2002–2008)
On-demand channel (2008–2012)
|Slogan||What's Inside the Fox Box (2002-2003)
The FoxBox Rocks (2003-2005)
The Place to Be (2005–2006)
The Game Station (2007–2008)
|Owner||4Kids Entertainment/News Corporation (television)/STAR TV (Asia)|
|Key people||Alfred R. Kahn|
|Launch date||February 19, 2005 (television)|
|Dissolved||December 27, 2008 (television)|
|Former names||FoxBox (2002–2005)|
4Kids TV (often stylized as "4K!DS TV" and formerly known as FoxBox) is the name for a former Internet-based video on demand children's network and Saturday morning television programming block on the Fox Broadcasting Company. The block was part of the Fox network schedule, though it was syndicated to other broadcast stations in certain markets. 4Kids TV was the result of a four-year agreement reached in January 2002 between 4Kids Entertainment and Fox to lease the network's Saturday morning programs.1
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 4KidsTV.com
- 4 Relationship with Fox and broadcast ambiguities
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The block launched under the name "FoxBox" on September 14, 2002 as a joint venture between the Fox Broadcasting Company and 4Kids Entertainment,2 replacing Fox Kids, which was dissolved following the 2001 purchase of Fox Family Worldwide by The Walt Disney Company.3 It was rebranded as 4Kids TV on February 19, 2005.4 4Kids Entertainment was wholly responsible for the content of the block and collected all advertising revenues from it.1 However, Fox's standards and practices department still handled content approval and editing of series to meet broadcast standards.
The programming block aired on Saturday mornings in most areas of the United States, though some stations carried it on Sundays. 4Kids actually ran two competing Saturday morning lineups in later years; on May 24, 2008, 4Kids Entertainment replaced the Kids' WB programming block aired on The CW Television Network on Saturday mornings with a new block called The CW4Kids (later renamed Toonzai, with the original name becoming a secondary brand for the block).56
In November 2008, 4Kids Entertainment announced that 4Kids TV would conclude at the end of the year due to intervening conflicts between Fox and 4Kids, as the latter company had not paid the network for the time lease for some time, while the network was unable to maintain the guaranteed 90% clearance for the block due to affiliate refusals and an inability to secure secondary affiliates to carry the programming. The block ended on December 27, 2008.7 Fox announced that the time period would no longer be used for children's programming, owing that it was no longer viable due to the insurmountable competition from children's cable channels (such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network).8 On January 3, 2009, the network gave two hours of programming back to its affiliates, while the other two hours were used for an informercial block titled Weekend Marketplace.9 The 4KidsTV logo now only exists as the closing logo for 4Kids Entertainment for 4Kids shows that run outside of the Toonzai block outside of the United States (particularly those made before the 2012 auction of most of 4Kids' assets to Saban Brands).
- The Adrenaline Project (September 29, 2007–April 5, 2008)
- Alien Racers (2005)
- Back to the Future: The Animated Series (March 9–August 30, 2003; reruns from CBS Kids)
- Biker Mice from Mars (August 9–December 27, 2008)
- Bratz (August 20, 2005–April 7, 2007)
- Chaotic (October 7, 2006–June 14, 2008)
- Chaotic: M'arrillian Invasion (September 13–December 27, 2008)
- The Cramp Twins (February 8, 2003–August 19, 2006)
- Cubix: Robots for Everyone (August 30, 2003–June 26, 2004)
- Cabbage Patch Kids (TV Series) (2004; one episode aired as part of a promotion)
- Di-Gata Defenders (July 28, 2007–December 27, 2008)
- Dinosaur King (September 8, 2007–September 6, 2008)
- F-Zero GP Legend (September 4, 2004–March 5, 2005)
- Fighting Foodons (September 14, 2002–August 30, 2003)
- Funky Cops (August 23, 2003–January 23, 2008; ended in 2004 on television)
- G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 (August 27, 2005–December 30, 2006)
- Incredible Crash Dummies (shorts; 2004–2005)
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (September 14, 2002–December 9, 2006; June 21–December 27, 2008)
- Magical DoReMi (August 13, 2005–May 2, 2008; ended in 2006 on television)
- Mew Mew Power (February 19, 2005–July 22, 2006)10
- One Piece (September 18, 2004–November 12, 2005)
- Pirate Islands (2003)
- Shaman King (August 30, 2003–September 3, 2005)
- Sonic X (August 23, 2003–May 6, 2006; May 5, 2007–December 27, 2008; now on Vortexx)
- Stargate Infinity (September 14, 2002–March 15, 2003)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (February 8, 2003–April 15, 2006)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward (July 29, 2006–December 27, 2008)
- Ultraman Tiga (September 14, 2002–March 1, 2003)
- Ultimate Muscle (September 14, 2002–May 22, 2004; June 10–August 19, 2006)
- Viva Piñata (August 26, 2006–August 2, 2008)
- Winx Club (May 22, 2004–December 27, 2008; now on Nickelodeon)
- WMAC Masters (2003; reruns from syndication)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters (September 9–November 25, 2006)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (September 2, 2006–August 25, 2007; now on Vortexx and Nicktoons)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (September 1, 2007–June 14, 2008)
4Kids launched an online video player on its website on September 8, 2007, and gradually added full episodes, and more videos and content. However, it was revamped on September 25, 2008, though in beta testing. Promotions stated that 4Kids TV would be "moving online" starting in January 2009, implying that the video player would be fully operational then, but it remained in beta testing.citation needed However, 4Kids seemed to increase the rate that shows were added to the player at that point. On September 9, 2009, the beta symbol was removed, and the player was revamped again.citation needed The online network was shut down on November 2, 2012.
The block had a somewhat unusual relationship to the Fox network. The programming was produced for Fox and offered to the network's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates first, so the Fox station in any given area had the right of first refusal. In the event that a Fox affiliate – or in some cases, an owned-and-operated station of the network – opted not to carry 4Kids TV, the block then became available for the local broadcast rights to be acquired by another television station. In fact, it was due in part to this relationship that 4Kids dissolved the block in 2008, as they had been promised clearance on at least 90% of Fox's affiliates.
Most of Fox's owned-and-operated stations opted to carry 4Kids TV, these were mainly stations that had been owned by the network since Fox launched in October 1986 or Fox charter affiliates that Fox Television Stations had acquired since that point. However dating back to the existence of the Fox Kids block, the stations that Fox acquired from New World Communications in 1996 (and had earlier affiliated with the network through a 1994 multi-station affiliation deal – which prior to then, had been affiliated with ABC, NBC or CBS) generally did not air 4Kids TV. In some of the New World markets, 4Kids was not carried on any station. In a majority of these markets, an independent station carried the block; in others, it was carried by either a UPN, or later, a CW or MyNetworkTV affiliate. The exception was St. Louis, Missouri, where Fox O&O (now affiliate) KTVI carried the block (although it aired 4Kids TV two hours earlier that the network's recommended scheduling for the block, beginning at 5:00 a.m., due to the station's Saturday morning newscast).
Some 4Kids TV programming met the criteria to be considered educational and informational; and counted toward the three hour per week mandatory educational children's programming quotas outlined by the Federal Communications Commission, such as Winx Club, The Adrenaline Project, Magical DoReMi, Stargate Infinity, reruns of Back to the Future: the Animated Series and Cubix (why this clause was not realized and these shows not aired together at any one time is unknown).
|City of license/market||Fox station||Notes|
|Birmingham, Alabama||WBRC||WBRC dropped 4Kids TV predecessor Fox Kids upon becoming a Fox owned-and-operated station in September 1995, when it reached an agreement to allow outgoing Fox affiliate WTTO to continue carrying the block; WTTO dropped Fox Kids in 2000, resulting in 4Kids TV not being available in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston market as the block was not picked up by WBRC or any other stations in the market.|
High Point, North Carolina
|WGHP||WGHP dropped 4Kids TV predecessor Fox Kids in March 1996, when it reached an agreement for WB affiliate WTWB-TV (now WCWG) to carry the block; WTWB-TV dropped Fox Kids in 2001, resulting in 4Kids TV not being available in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point market as the block was not picked up by WGHP or any other stations in the market.|
|Greenwood, Mississippi||WABG-DT2||This digital subchannel did not start broadcasting until 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the time, or earlier if there were sports events scheduled to air.|
|City of license/market||Fox station||MyNetworkTV
|Chicago, Illinois||WFLD||WPWR-TV||Duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations; WPWR was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|KDFW||KDFI||Duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations; KDFI was an independent station at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|Detroit, Michigan||WJBK||WMYD||WMYD aired 4Kids TV on Sundays; that station was a WB affiliate (under its former callsign WDWB) at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|Miami, Florida||WSVN||WBFS-TV||WBFS was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|KMSP-TV||WFTC||Duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations; WFTC was a former UPN affiliate that became a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|Portland, Oregon||KPTV||KPDX||Duopoly owned by the Meredith Corporation; KPDX was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|San Antonio, Texas||KABB||KMYS||Duopoly owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group (KMYS has since been sold to Deerfield Media); KMYS was a former WB affiliate (as KRRT) at the time it took 4KidsTV from KABB, station has since switched to The CW|
|Tucson, Arizona||KMSB-TV||KTTU||Duopoly owned at the time by the Belo (KMSB has since been sold to Sander Media, LLC; KTTU has since been sold to Tucker Operating Co., LLC); KTTU was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
Note: These CW affiliates ran 4Kids TV on Sundays, due to their obligation to carry the The CW4Kids Saturday block (or, as in the case of Atlanta CW affiliate WUPA, which ran The CW4Kids on Sundays11 because of other programming airing on Saturdays).
|City of license/market||Fox station||CW station
|Atlanta, Georgia||WAGA-TV||WUPA||WUPA was a UPN O&O at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV; it dropped the block before the station switched to The CW|
|Cleveland, Ohio||WJW-TV||WBNX-TV||WBNX was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|Fresno, California||KMPH||KFRE-TV||Duopoly owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies (the stations have since been sold to the Sinclair Broadcast Group); KFRE was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|Omaha, Nebraska||KPTM||KXVO||Duopoly owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies (the stations have since been sold to the Sinclair Broadcast Group); KXVO was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|Phoenix, Arizona||KSAZ||KASW||KASW was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV|
|City of license/market||Fox station||Independent
|Austin, Texas||KTBC||K13VC||K13VC aired only the FoxBox incarnation of the block from September 14, 2002 until it shut down on March 29, 2003|
|Kansas City, Missouri||WDAF-TV||KMCI-TV||KMCI aired the block on a one-hour delay starting at 8 a.m.|
|Milwaukee, Wisconsin||WITI||WMLW-CA||WMLW-CA aired the block on Sundays starting at 8 a.m.|
|Tampa, Florida||WTVT||WMOR-TV||WMOR aired the block on Sundays starting at 8 a.m.|
- "Fox, 4Kids Approach Deal For Children's Programming". The Wall Street Journal. Jan 20, 2002. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "What's Inside the Fox Box!? 4Kids Entertainment Launches An All-New Kind of Kids Broadcast Network Starting September 14, 2002". ToonZone. May 14, 2002. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Disney buys Fox Family". CNN Money. July 23, 2001. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Fox Box To Be Rebranded 4KIDS TV". Anime News Network. Jan 18, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "4Kids TV takes over Kids WB advertisement". 4Kids TV. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- Schneider, Michael (October 2, 2007). "4Kids TV takes over Kids WB advertisement". 4Kids TV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- "4Kids Entertainment Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results and Settlement of Fox Litigation". QuoteMedia.com. November 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11.dead link
- "Fox Ends Saturday-Morning Cartoons". New York Times. November 24, 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
- Schneider, Michael (November 23, 2008). "Longform Ads Replace Kid Fare on Fox". Variety.com. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
- IMDb page for "The Fight for the Fox Box", a half-hour TV special with multiple show crossovers.