Is Cartoon Circus Coming Back?

Is Cartoon Circus coming back? If you are a fan of the popular Cartoon Circus Roku channel, you probably asked that question earlier this week.

Man fans of the throwback cartoon channel tuned in only to find an error message.

This past Monday the company clarified slightly why viewers were getting the error message on their Facebook page, “Please note, the channel will be down for a while as we deal with licensing issues. It will return as soon as we get this issue sorted.”

Tonight they gave an update on the current status, ” Greetings!

Just a quick note about the channel. We were victims of fraud by a company that did not have the rights to a few properties on the channel.

It was legally prudent (at the behest of our attorneys) to pull the channel down until we could double check all of our properties and to ensure we are compliant with copyright law.

To answer the main question of ‘Is Cartoon Circus returning’:

Cartoon Circus will be returning very soon!”

So the good news is it looks like they are returning. The unknown at this time is what property they were defrauded about, and whether that property will get cleared to return.

For those unfamiliar with the channel it is an 80’s and 90’s kid’s dream channel. Here’s a look at what their lineup was per-shutdown:

  • Animaniacs (Season 1 & 2)
  • Batman The Animated Series (Season 1, 2, & 3)
  • Betty Boop (Season 1 & 2)
  • Black Butler (Season 1)
  • Care Bears (22 episodes)
  • Cartoon Shorts (featuring Popeye, Merrie Melodies, Loony Tunes and more)
  • Cowboy Bebop (Season 1)
  • Death Note (Season 1)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (Season 1, 2, & 3)
  • The Flintstones (Season 1, 2, & 3)
  • Garfield & Friends (Season 1 & 2)
  • Gargoyles (Season 1, 2, & 3)
  • Golgo 13 (Season 1)
  • Heathcliff (Season 1-5)
  • He-Man and The Masters of the Universe (65 episodes)
  • High School of the Dead
  • Mighty Mouse (Season 1 & 2)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam
  • Muppet Babies (Season 1-6)
  • The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest (Season 1 & 2)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog (Season 1 & 2)
  • Speed Racer (Season 1)
  • Superman (Season 1)
  • The Addams Family (Season 1)
  • The New Three Stooges (Season 1)
  • Thundercats (Season 1-4)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (Season 1, 2 , & 3)
  • Tom and Jerry (Season 1 & 2)
  • Voltron (Season 1 & 2)

You can add the channel from your Roku by searching “Cartoon Circus” in the channel store, or you can click here and log into your account to add it online.

To stay up to date on when Cartoon Circus will return stay tuned (tooned?) to their Facebook page at this link.

William B. West

William B. West

William B. West has been an internet journalist since 1998. Writing for a total of 25 pro wrestling news sites at his peak, before retiring only to return to online journalism in 2011. Currently William is editor of, a contributor to, and editor in chief of &

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