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All Aboard the Animation Train

Earlier this year, Cartoon Network partnered with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation for a public transportation advertising campaign called Cartoon Express. The campaign features a passenger train wrapped entirely, inside and out, in Cartoon Network character decals.

During its inaugural journey, the passengers, which included children from underprivileged backgrounds, received train announcements from the voice of Adventure Time’s Jake the Dog, played a CN-specific bingo game and mailed Cartoon Express postcards to loved ones via an on-board mailbox.

The Cartoon Express runs between the Taiwanese capitol of Taipei to the southern city of Kaohsiung and it is estimated that it will serve several hundred thousand passengers during the run of the campaign.

More images of the train can be seen on the Catsuka’s Tumblr.

  • Keen Bean


  • Megan

    Just watching the video make me so happy and teary for some weird reason. Apart being really happy with the amazing designs on the train, I am surprise to see them put on Gumball and Regular show on it. I love both shows but I didn’t realized its that popular in Taiwan. Now I wish they do it on the trains in North America.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You only wish our country would move forward on light-rail systems but fat chance on that.

  • Silverwolf

    That was so cool!

  • z-k

    The best part is that, from what I remember, Pen is genuinely as he is in the recent CN promo about all of this: Right place, right time; just grateful that folks like what I do.