"Ni Hao, Kai-lan" Renewed for Second Season to Debut on May 11, 2009
Nickelodeon has renewed its pre-school series Ni Hao, Kai-lan for a second season of 20 half-hour episodes, which will begin on May 11, 2009. The series is a variation on the Dora the Explorer formula, centering on a young girl Kai-lan and her adventures with her animal friends and grandfather, teaching life-lessons for pre-schoolers and simple Chinese words and phrases.
The full press release follows:
NICKELODEON’S GROUNDBREAKING ANIMATED PRESCHOOL SERIES NI HAO, KAI-LAN RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY 11
20 New Half-Hours Introduce New Mandarin Words and Phrases
and Focus on Complex Emotional Issues in Preschoolers Lives
NEW YORK, April 20, 2009 – Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking animated preschool series Ni Hao, Kai-lan is back for season two, kicking off with a week of brand-new episodes, Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The second season, comprised of 20 new half-hour episodes, will take preschoolers on interactive adventures with Kai-lan and her friends as they learn new Chinese words and phrases. This season will also focus on more complex social emotional issues like hitting and separation anxiety, providing lessons to preschoolers on how to better express and deal with their feelings.
The schedule for the Ni Hao, Kai-lan season two premiere week is as follows (all times ET/PT):
Monday, May 11 (11:00 a.m.) – #202 “The Dinosaur Balloon”–Kai-lan, Rintoo and Stompy are making a special dinosaur-shaped balloon for Lulu’s hot air balloon festival. But when Kai-lan accidentally breaks her balloon, Stompy doesn’t think he needs to help put it back together, since it’s not his fault. Rintoo and the viewer need to encourage Stompy to help Kai-lan before it’s time for the balloons to sail into the sky.
Emotion/Issue: Pitching In
Chinese Target Word: Ge1 bo (arm)
Tuesday, May 12 (11:00 a.m.) – #205 “Kai-lan’s Big Play” — Kai-lan and her friends are putting on a play based on the traditional Chinese folktale about the Monkey King. Hoho loves the Monkey King, and he really wants to play the part, but he doesn’t speak up. When Rintoo gets the part of the Monkey King instead, Hoho gets so mad that he quits the play. Kai-lan and the viewers must help Hoho calm down so he can say what’s bothering him in time to do the play.
Chinese Target Word: Tiao4 (jump)
Wednesday, May 13 (11:00 a.m.) – #203 “Playtimes at Tolee’s” — Everyone’s going over to Tolee’s boat house to play. All the friends have a great time… until Rintoo accidentally rips Tolee’s new panda painting. Rintoo apologizes, but Tolee just won’t forgive him. With a little inspiration from the Peking Mice, Kai-lan and the viewers help Tolee forgive his friend so everyone can play together again.
Chinese Target Word: Ping2 guo3 (apple)
Thursday, May 14 (11:00 a.m.) – #204 “The Moon Festival” — Kai-lan is so excited about the traditional Chinese Moon Festival. Hoho is thrilled because he’s finally old enough to stay awake with his friends so they can make lanterns, eat mooncakes, and best of all: watch the moon come out! But when the sky is so cloudy that Hoho can’t see the moon at all, he breaks into tears. Kai-lan and the viewer have to help Hoho find a way to make everything better.
Chinese Target Word: Yue4 bing3 (mooncake)
Friday, May 15 (11:00 a.m.) – #206 “Kai-lan’s Big Surprise” — Kai-lan needs help to plan a very special party for Yeye to thank him for all he does. But when everything she plans goes wrong, Kai-lan gets very frustrated and starts to cry – much to the surprise of her friends! Rintoo, Tolee, and Hoho need the viewer’s help to show Kai-lan how to use laughter to feel better when she’s disappointed. Then they must get everything ready for the big party!
Emotion/Issue: Disappointment / Humor
Chinese Target Word: Wo3 ai4 (I love…)
Ni Hao, Kai-lan, created by Karen Chau and executive produced by Mary Harrington, is an original, half-hour series that teaches Mandarin words and phrases, for the first time on television. Ni Hao, Kai-lan is also Nick Jr.’s first play-along, think-along series to feature an intergenerational family. Through the eyes of a five-year-old Chinese-American girl named Kai-lan, the series explores the colorful aspects of her upbringing and background, her relationships with her family and friends and the world around her.
The series focuses on issues common to preschoolers such as taking turns, disappointment and jealousy, and supports an emotional intelligence curriculum highlighting cause and effect thinking in the social/emotional world. Ni Hao, Kai-lan provides simple coping strategies, set to song, that teach valuable lessons. Kai-lan strives to understand how things are linked together and she always wants to find out the reason why. Every episode follows the adventures of Kai-lan and her friends as they learn to identify their emotions and stop to consider the feelings of others.
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