Playhouse Disney the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of new variety puppet show Bunnytown



    Young children laugh while they learn with new show from acclaimed
    veterans of children's television

    TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Pre-schoolers and young children learn through
music and fun in Bunnytown, a new 26-episode series from a renowned production
team with credits on The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street.
Bunnytown premieres Sunday, January 13th at 7:30 a.m. and airs subsequently on
Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. This
music-and-humour-filled half hour is available exclusively on Playhouse
Disney, the new commercial-free channel that will engage young children
through entertaining, learning-focused programming.
    Set in a bustling world where laughter rules, the carrot-loving citizens
of Bunnytown create a fun-filled, comedic learning environment. The cast of
characters in Bunnytown includes a superhero, inventor, caveman,
mischief-maker and rock star. The bunnies play, sing, dance, hike and go on
picnics and even blast into space. Some of the more curious bunnies burrow
their way out of Bunnytown through colorful tunnels and emerge in the
neighbouring Peopletown to observe the antics of humans.
    Each half-hour episode features a wide range of original music including
hip-hop, disco, country, jazz and light opera. The Bunnytown Band, which was
inspired by the look and sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire and Sly and the Family
Stone, are present in every episode, performing their greatest hits such as
"The Bunnytown Hop" and "Making Music."
    The series' educational curriculum is designed to support children as
their understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in humour burgeons
during the preschool years. The series includes early academic skills such as
counting, shapes and vocabulary and places them in humourous context.
    Bunnytown was created and is executive-produced by David Rudman, Todd
Hannert and Adam Rudman (each of Spiffy Pictures) and is produced by Martin
Baker and Pete Coogan at Elstree Film Studios in the UK. Bunnytown is a
production of Baker Coogan Productions. Todd Hannert and Terry Fryer are
co-musical directors and composers.

    Family's Playhouse Disney is a commercial-free, multiplex channel offered
to Family Channel subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering engaging,
educational and development-based programming for younger children, the
channel offers exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with
celebrated Canadian series to create an environment for fun and learning.
Visit us at www.playhousedisneycanada.ca. Family's Playhouse Disney is an
Astral Media network.

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences.




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For further information: For interview requests, artwork and additional
information please contact: Natalie Jones at (416) 956-2010 X 6283 or
njones@tv.astral.com

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