"Bob the Builder" and "Thomas & Friends" to Go CGI

C21Media is reporting that the next series of Bob the Builder and Thomas & Friends will be done in CGI. The new series is slated to air in late 2009 in the US and the UK. The Bob the Builder: On Site direct-to-video movie series will continue to be done in a live-action/stop-motion hybrid.

PBS Kids Sprout Adding "Olly" to Schedule

PBS KIDS Sprout has picked up US broadcast rights to Taffy Entertainment’s Dive Olly Dive!, a CG-animated preschool show. The series is about the adventures of two submarines-in-training. Dive Olly Dive! will debut on June 7 as part of the network’s The Let’s Go Show. [Source: Taffy Entertainment]

New "Bob the Builder" DVDs Due in March, June

Bob the Builder will star in new adventures with new members of his machine team beginning this March with the DVD release of Building Bobland Bay, producer HIT Entertainment said today. That first DVD will be followed in June with Let’s Build the Beach! and new episodes of Bob the Builder on PBS Kids in […]

"Thomas and the Great Discovery" Coming to DVD in September

Thomas the Tank Engine will star in a new feature-length DVD special to be released on September 9, producer HIT Entertainment announced today. The Great Discovery will have Thomas stumbling on the ruins of Great Waterton, the oldest town on the island, and will be narrated by Pierce Brosnan, who also voices the new PBS […]

New "Thomas" Toys Coming This Fall

HIT ToyCo has announced new Thomas & Friends-themed toys in advance of the American International Toy Fair. The new line of products for preschoolers will be available this fall. Items in the new line include Thomas & Bulstrode Bath Buddies, the Tuneful Thomas Radio, the Thomas Rock ‘n Roll Guitar, and the Sodor Musical TV. […]

LEGO Signs On as "Thomas" Sponsor

LEGO Group has agreed to sponsor Thomas & Friends‘ PBS Kids’ run under a new strategic agreement with Thomas-producer HIT Entertainment, the companies announced yesterday. Under the deal LEGO will act as presenting sponsor of the series, gaining a 15-second advertising spot at the open and close of the show. LEGO will also act as […]

Cyberchase to Explore "Builders' Math" to Combine Education and Engineering

PBS Kids’ Cyberchase will be launching a new initiative called “Builders’ Math,” which will teach math skills by getting the crew of the show to solve common household construction problems involving measuring, calculation, problem-solving, and geometry. The five episode mini-series will begin on February 19, 2008. For episode synopses and more details on the contents […]

"Animalia" Coming to TV in January

PBS Kids Go! has ordered 40 episodes of Animalia, a high-definition CGI series based on the Graeme Base illustrated book, World Screen reports. The series, produced by Australia’s Animalia Productions and PorchLight Entertainment, will premiere on January 5. Tom Ruegger (Animaniacs!) is contributing as story editor and lead writer.

Cyberchase Begins Sixth Season on November 7, 2007

PBS Kids has issued a press release announcing the kickoff of season six of the math-based educational cartoon Cyberchase on November 7, 2007. The season theme will be “Math in Action,” and will focus on math and science experiments that viewers can try themselves. The opening episode, “Digit’s B-Day Surprise” will also deal with issues […]

Animated Penguin Causes Controversy in South Florida

A cartoon on PBS Sprout is the center of a controversy with a South Florida mother, who claims that the cartoon’s title is a euphemism for male genitalia by some Hispanics. The cartoon, Pingu, centers on a young penguin and his adventures in his frozen environment and has existed for nearly 20 years. The mother […]

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