Boomerang Launches $5/Month Classic Cartoon Streaming Service on iOS, Apple TV Coming Soon

by

Originally offered as a cable channel by Time Warner, Boomerang has this week been spun off into a streaming bundle of its own, offering subscribers on iOS, Android, and desktop access to classic cartoons like Hanna-Barbera's Wacky Races and Yogi Bear, as well as shows featuring Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Road Runner (via Variety). Slightly more modern cartoons like The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and Courage the Cowardly Dog are also up for streaming.

Boomerang will allow subscribers on-demand access to these shows, and some will even be gaining new episodes each week, including additional episodes of modern shows as well as classics from the Boomerang vault. The service also plans to launch new, exclusive shows to Boomerang subscribers sometime later this year. Boomerang is still sticking around as an addition for traditional cable packages, with the new video-on-demand service being referred to as a "complementary" package to its cable channel.


For its classics, Boomerang offers over 1,000 episodes of the older cartoons, although there remain a few noticeable omissions like The Flinstones and The Jetsons, but the company has said more shows will continuously be added after this week's launch. Movies related to certain characters -- including Scooby-Doo --are included as well in the subscription plan.

Boomerang is THE place to watch all your favorite cartoons to your heart’s content, on demand and ad free. Enjoy classic shows and new originals you can’t get anywhere else. Your Boomerang subscription allows you to control the viewing experience in a kid-friendly environment with your whole family with no TV package required.

The library is only part of the fun! New episodes of new original shows or classics from the vault are added every week. Get new episodes of New Looney Tunes, Bunnicula, Be Cool Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry and more, plus brand new shows coming later this year! Enjoy full seasons of old favorites from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all the favorite cartoons you love.

In terms of cost, users can pay $4.99 a month for Boomerang, or opt in for a $39.99 yearly subscription to drop the monthly cost down to $3.33. Those interested can download the Boomerang app now on the iOS App Store for free [Direct Link], and it's also available on Android and on desktop and laptop computers. TV-enabled streaming boxes, including Apple TV, will be gaining Boomerang apps in the near future as well.


Check out a list of all of Boomerang's shows, broken down by character in the vein of Netflix's kids section, right here on the service's website. New subscribers can gain access to a 7-day free trial upon sign-up of the monthly plan, or a 3-day free-trial upon sign-up of the yearly plan.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13, tvOS 14
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
44 months ago
I'm interested, but I'm afraid that a lot of the WB cartoons will be missing because of changing standards with what is acceptable. I also wonder if The Batman Animated series will be available, if not now then soon.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
44 months ago
Sweet! Love to see stuff like this becoming more common. $3 a month for a year is very reasonable, for a niche content channel. I have Netflix, but I'll probably give this a go once the TV app is ready.

I love classic cartoons, but they have to be uncut, uncensored. They're as much a window into a different time as anything.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
44 months ago
Does this have real cartoons that my parents and myself grew up with (old, violent Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, etc.) or this new crap that is making kids these days into "kids these days?"
[doublepost=1492014267][/doublepost]

I'm interested, but I'm afraid that a lot of the WB cartoons will be missing because of changing standards with what is acceptable. I also wonder if The Batman Animated series will be available, if not now then soon.

That's my question as well.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
44 months ago
Watching "Wacky Races" as an Adult now and some of the stuff that went over my head as a kid?! WOW!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
44 months ago
As I get older, I wonder more and more if my personality wasn't shaped by Bugs Bunny cartoons. I do have an unreasonable fear of anvils falling from the sky.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
44 months ago

Uh-oh

"Is Boomerang kid-friendly?

Yes, all of our episodes are pre-screened to make sure they’re appropriate for cartoon lovers of all ages. Boomerang is fun for the whole family!"

Not what I was looking for, but I guess I don't have a problem if they just drop the 'objectionable' cartoons. Nothing worse than when network TV cuts and snips lines out of the dialogue, etc.

Really? Maybe I'm not remembering correctly, but I recall them showing the Tom and Jerry episodes that people have complained are politically incorrect or overly violent. But I never saw the really old Bugs Bunny ones that were clearly problematic: nudity in the background and racial slurs against the Japanese.
[doublepost=1492061374][/doublepost]

I on the other hand, am happy to see some of that racist stuff cleaned up. Having stereotyped/racist images on there would keep me from subscribing because I wouldnt want my daughter to see them.

I wish there were an option. Sure, keep it away from the kids, but I'd prefer to see the originals, which I also saw as a kid on DVDs that had warning labels.
[doublepost=1492061590][/doublepost]

Does this have real cartoons that my parents and myself grew up with (old, violent Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, etc.) or this new crap that is making kids these days into "kids these days?"

The Boomerang I watched on cable TV ~10 years ago did. IDK if this is the same.
[doublepost=1492061696][/doublepost]

Watching "Wacky Races" as an Adult now and some of the stuff that went over my head as a kid?! WOW!

Even Spongebob had some dirty jokes, including the "don't drop the soap one" that had to be the nastiest I'd ever seen.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Apple Takes Legal Action Against Small Company With Pear Logo

Saturday August 8, 2020 11:09 am PDT by
Apple is taking legal action against the developers of the app "Prepear" due to its logo, according to iPhone in Canada. Prepear is an app that helps users discover recipes, plan meals, make lists, and arrange grocery deliveries. The app is a spinoff of "Super Healthy Kids," and the founders claim that they are facing litigation from Apple. Apple reportedly takes issue with Prepear's logo, ...

Kuo: Global iPhone Shipments Could Decline Up to 30% If Apple Forced to Remove WeChat From App Store [Updated x2]

Sunday August 9, 2020 10:17 pm PDT by
In a worst-case scenario, Apple's annual global iPhone shipments could decline by 25–30% if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Stores around the world, according to a new research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo viewed by MacRumors. The removal could occur due to a recent executive order aiming to ban U.S. transactions with WeChat and its parent company Tencent. Kuo lays out...

iPhone Maker Foxconn Says China's 'Days as the World's Factory Are Done'

Wednesday August 12, 2020 7:55 am PDT by
China will no longer be the world's manufacturing epicenter going forward, according to Apple's largest supply chain partner Foxconn, which has been gradually expanding its operations in other countries amid the U.S.-China trade war. "No matter if it's India, Southeast Asia or the Americas, there will be a manufacturing ecosystem in each," said Foxconn chairman Young Liu, according to Bloombe...

Google Maps Debuts New Apple Watch App and CarPlay Features

Monday August 10, 2020 9:16 am PDT by
Google today announced the launch of several features for Google Maps on Apple products, including new CarPlay functionality and a new Google Maps app that works on Apple Watch. The new Google Maps app for Apple Watch works similarly to the iOS app, allowing Apple Watch owners to get directions for a car, bike, public transit, or on foot. The app supports estimated arrival times and...

Apple May Release 4G-Only iPhone 12 in Early 2021

Tuesday August 11, 2020 5:28 am PDT by
In a research note shared by Business Insider, Wedbush Securities analysts said that Apple may release a cheaper iPhone 12 in early 2021 with no 5G connectivity. Wedbush initially believed Apple would launch a mix of 4G and 5G iPhone 12 models this fall. Following re-examination of Asian supply chains, analysts Daniel Ives, Strecker Backe, and Ahmad Khalil revised the predictions,...

iPad Pro Keyboard Comparison: Logitech's $160 Folio Touch vs. Apple's $300 Magic Keyboard

Tuesday August 11, 2020 2:11 pm PDT by
Logitech recently debuted the Folio Touch, a keyboard and trackpad case designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro that serves as an alternative to the Magic Keyboard. In our latest YouTube video, we compare the $160 Folio Touch to Apple's $300 Magic Keyboard to see which is better. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Logitech is selling the Folio Touch for $160, while Apple's...

Foxconn Reportedly Begins Seasonal Hiring Spree for iPhone 12 Production

Monday August 10, 2020 7:03 am PDT by
Apple's largest manufacturing partner Foxconn has begun its seasonal hiring spree to assist with iPhone 12 production, offering employees who recruit qualified applicants up to a 9,000 yuan bonus, according to Chinese media reports. As usual, Foxconn needs as many hands on deck as possible at its factory in Zhengzhou, China to assist with mass production of the upcoming iPhones. Apple is...

Apple Seeds First Public Beta of watchOS 7 to Public Beta Testers

Monday August 10, 2020 10:33 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the first public beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 update to public beta testers, one week after seeding the fourth beta to developers and a month and a half after the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update can be downloaded after installing the proper profile from Apple's Public Beta website. watchOS 7 should not be installed on a primary device as it is still an early...

Apple Watch Likely to Adopt MicroLED Display Technology in 3-4 Years

Monday August 10, 2020 2:55 am PDT by
This year's Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to feature an OLED screen like previous models, but a future model is likely to be the first Apple product to adopt MicroLED display technology, albeit not for another three to four years. That's the main takeaway reading between the lines of comments made by the chairman of Epistar, Taiwan's top LED producer, which is reportedly working on a...

Parallels Desktop 16 Brings macOS Big Sur Support, Multi-Touch Gestures, 20% Faster DirectX, and More

Tuesday August 11, 2020 2:17 am PDT by
Parallels Desktop 16 released today, bringing some notable new features and performance enhancements to the virtualization software, including full support for macOS Big Sur. When Apple introduced macOS Big Sur, it ended support for the third-party kernel extensions that previous versions of Parallels were built on. That forced the developers to re-engineer the virtualization software from the ...