Kids Saturday Morning Programming
9:00am Turbo Dogs
Positive values and good sportsmanship reign supreme in "Turbo Dogs," an engaging new 3D animated series for children that follows the hilarious antics of Racerville, a wacky dog-filled community that’s wild about racing. A television adaptation of a children’s book by award-winning Canadian author/illustrator Bob Kolar, "Turbo Dogs" features colorful canine characters like Dash, the selfless, enthusiastic competitor, GT, the natural-born mechanic who can build an engine from a leash, a collar and empty dog food cans, Mags, the less-than-girlie poodle, Strut, the dashound who always tries taking shortcuts that backfire, Stinkbert (aka Stinky), the dog who spends as much time rolling around at the garbage dump as he does with friends, and Clutch, the good guy with a penchant for klutziness.
Shelldon is an animated series that takes place in Shell Land, a mythical undersea world populated by characters from a wide array of water dwelling species. The main character, Shelldon, is an orphaned yoka shell mollusk who was adopted by the Clam family, and now lives with them in the family-owned Charming Clam Inn. Dr. Shell, an elder and venerated inventor, and Connie, a cowry shell classmate of Shelldon's also live at the inn. Shelldon and his buddies Herman (a Hermit crab) and Connie always work together and solve problems that they face in school or in the community. A recurring problem is to staunch the plans of the local millionaire, Cecil Cracken, whose greed puts making money over protecting the environment. Dr. Shell is typically the children's key provider of knowledge and other resources. In each episode, the children learn a significant socio-emotional lesson and also share information relating to their ocean habitat and environmental protection.
10:00am Magic School Bus
Based on the Scholastic award-winning book series, this classic show stars Ms. Frizzle (with the voice of Lily Tomlin) and her famous Magic School Bus as she takes viewers on exciting experiences that open their eyes to the wonders of scientific discovery. So, as Ms. Frizzle would say, "Wahoo! Get out there and explore!"
BABAR, based on the books by Laurent de Brunhoff, is an animated show about a young orphaned elephant who finds the strength to rise above the challenges he faces, including the death of his parents, as he journeys through life. Each episode of the show develops a social-emotional message such as taking responsibility, being patient and persistent in hard work, respecting people's privacy, learning to cope with unforeseen changes, and being honest. These messages emerge from the need to resolve a dilemma that is faced by Babar, one of his friends or family members. BABAR, first appeared on the schedule in 2007, and is returning with new episodes in 2009. This show airs on analog and the digital simulcast channels.
11:00am Willa's Wild Life
WILLA'S WILD LIFE is a new animated series featuring a six-year-old girl, Willa, who is permitted to share her home with an ever-growing menagerie of animals--an elephant, a giraffe, a pair of performing seals, a bear, three penguins, and lots of rabbits. These creatures speak to Willa, offering her advice and friendship from each of their respective points of view. In each episode, Willa faces a challenge at home, in school or in her neighborhood. Her animals and best friend Dooley help her develop solutions to overcome each challenge. With the support of Dooley, the animals and praise from her dad, Willa finds ways to maintain healthy friendships, experience success, develop competence and become altruistic.
It's magic in the city with Pearlie the park fairy! Pearlie is an animated comedy about a fashionable young urban fairy in charge of Jubilee Park, a park in the centre of a bustling big city. The series is based on the top-selling children's book series "Pearlie the Park Fairy" by legendary Australian comedian, author and radio personality Wendy Harmer.