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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 […]

"My Cyberchase Summer" Initiative Begins June 4

PBS Kids’ Cyberchase will launch a three-month on-air and online initiative to keep kids’ math skills sharp over the summer. “My Cyberchase Summer” will begin on Monday, June 4, 2007, and run through August 27, with fan-favorite episodes broadcasting on PBS paired with downloadable content on the official Cyberchase website. Read the full press release […]

PBS Kids Orders New Show from "Blue's Clues" Co-Creator

PBS Kids has ordered sixty-five episodes of a new animated educational show, Super Why!, for a September premiere, World Screen reports. The literacy-centric show will feature the brother of Jack of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the Littlest Pig, and Princess Pea among its cast. It is produced by Blue Enterprises, a new company established by […]

"Binky Goes Nuts" on DVD to Teach Kids About Health Issues

WBGH Boston Video has published a press release announcing Binky Goes Nuts, a compilation DVD debuting on April 24, 2007. The DVD will contain 4 stories from the PBS Kids’ series Arthur, and is meant to highlight health issues like nut allergies and the importance of exercise. Read the full press release here.

Public TV Plans Latino Network to Include Dubbed Animation

A report in the New York Times details the expected announcement of V-me, a new public broadcasting network aimed at Latino populations in major American cities (registration required). The expected programming palette will be a mix of original and dubbed programming. Franny’s Feet and Lunar Jim, two animated children’s shows, were cited by name to […]

New 'Curious George' TV Series Gets DVD Release

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the release of the first DVD collection from the new ‘Curious George’ TV series shown on PBS Kids, set to reach retail shelves on February 20, 2007. Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories follows the incurably curious monkey as he meets new friends and takes on entertaining […]

Super Cyberchase Science Goes Daily Jan 29 - Feb 23

A press release from PBS Kids announces the launch of Super CYBERCHASE Science, a daily event running from January 29 to February 23, 2007, where the award-winning math mystery cartoon showcases episodes that focus on how math is used to explore science. The episodes will also link up to educational web resources for more information. […]

"Postcards from Buster" 2nd Season After "Two Moms" Controversy

The New York Times is reporting on the abbreviated second season of Postcards from Buster on PBS (registration required), which began in November and will run through February. The animation/live-action hybrid series made headlines in January 2005 when an episode showed the animated Buster visiting a real-life family in Vermont that had two mothers, which […]

PBS Animation Now on iTunes

Several PBS animated shows are available for purchase and download on the Apple iTunes store, including Arthur, Cyberchase, and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. Like most other shows on the iTunes store, pricing for the shows is $1.99 per episode and there is an option to purchase entire seasons.

Cyberchase Exhibit at Children's Museum of Houston

A press release has announced the opening of a special Cyberchase exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston running from September 28, 2006 to May 13, 2007. The exhibit will allow visitors to see several set pieces from the show while exploring math concepts. Read the full press release.

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