Starring Martin Short, the first animated TV series featuring the
book character premieres in Canada on Saturday,
August 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET
TORONTO, July 5 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's premium preschool
network Treehouse is pleased to announce the world premiere of
the first ever Dr. Seuss inspired animated series, The Cat in the
Hat Knows a Lot About That! on Saturday, August 7 at 5:30
p.m. ET starring Martin Short as the voice of the Cat.
Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O'Hare
Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House
Children's Entertainment, Treehouse and PBS Kids in the U.S., The Cat
in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is based on Random House's
bestselling beginner book collection, The Cat in the Hat's Learning
"We are thrilled to introduce the first ever animated series based on
the whimsical adventures of Dr. Seuss, starring Canadian comedian Martin
Short," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and
Production, Corus Kids. "A delightfully entertaining show that opens
young minds to science and nature discoveries, this series is sure to
appeal to preschoolers' curiosity for exploration and the world around
With Cat as their guide, best friends Sally and Nick are transported to
all corners of the globe, making natural science discoveries of all
kinds. Along for the ride are Cat's two energetic helpers, the
mop-headed zany duo: Thing One and Thing Two. Booting around in Cat's
one-of-a-kind custom vehicle, the Thinga-ma-jigger, the group can travel
to the bottom of the sea, shrink down to the size of a bee to discover
how honey is made or find out why owls sleep during the day.
In the first episode, Show Me the Honey, Sally and Nick
have run out of honey. Luckily, the Cat knows just where to get more.
They visit Queen Priscilla Buzzoo who invites the gang to join her in
the bee dance to learn how honey is made.
Beginning on August 7, back-to-back 30-minute episodes of The
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! will air Saturdays at
5:30 p.m. throughout the month of August. Beginning on Tuesday,
September 7, viewers can catch this series in its regular timeslots Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. as well as Saturdays at 2
p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Beginning on August 23, viewers can visit Treehousetv.com
to catch clips of the show, access 30 different colouring pages as
well as six online games.
Martin Short began his career on Canada's SCTV Comedy Network,
where his work garnered an Emmy® Award. His proven ability as a comedic
chameleon combined with his host of hilarious impressions brought him to
the attention of Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels. He was a
full cast member on SNL for two seasons but has hosted and
appeared on the show numerous times over 22 years. Most recently, Short
has received critical acclaim for a serious role - as Leonard Winstone
on the lauded television series Damages with Glenn Close.
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! will debut in the U.S. Monday,
September 6 on PBS Kids.
Treehouse, seen in over eight million homes across Canada, offers
premium preschool programming and a rich co-viewing environment for
children and their parents. Delivering a strong balance of educational,
values-rich and entertaining programs, Treehouse delivers high-quality
children's series from Canada and around the world. A parent-trusted
brand, Treehouse's highly interactive website, TreehouseTV.com
reaches over half-a-million moms per month. Treehouse is part of the
Corus Kids family of brands including YTV, Nickelodeon (Canada), Nelvana
Studio and Kids Can Press.
Treehouse is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media
and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book
publishing and children's animation. The company's multimedia
entertainment brands include YTV, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network,
CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada,
Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI,
98,5 FM, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New
York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
Portfolio Entertainment is one of Canada's leading independent
producers and distributors of award-winning children's, factual, and
primetime content. Founders Lisa Olfman and Joy Rosen's reputation for
developing strong international partnerships and creating new business
opportunities has landed their programming on some of the world's most
prestigious television networks and digital content providers.
Portfolio's newest project is The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About
That!, which it both co-produces and distributes internationally.
Premiering fall 2010, the series will broadcast on Treehouse (Canada)
and PBS (US). It will also air on CITV (UK) and on Playhouse
Disney channels across South East Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand
and Italy. Also on the production slate are: live action sci fi comedy
Parallel Max, HOOD, an animated comedy-adventure
series developed with Disney XD (UK); and Chinatown Cops,
a primetime animated comedy developed with
Teletoon. Portfolio's completed animated series Carl2
and RoboRoach, air globally. The
company's distribution division, Portfolio International, represents
over 2,000 episodes of animated and lifestyle
programming. Its entrepreneurial approach to deal making, together with
an insight into market trends and emerging players, has benefitted the
many independent producers it represents. Broadcasters worldwide look to
Portfolio International for both high quality programs and exceptional
Collingwood O'Hare Productions was established in 1988 by Tony
Collingwood (Writer/Director) and Christopher O'Hare (MD/Producer). The
company has earned a prestigious international reputation as a creator
and producer of award-winning, high-quality animated series, specials,
and television features. In 2001, 2002, and 2004 Collingwood O'Hare won
BAFTA Awards for Best Pre-School Animation for Animal Stories, Eddy &
The Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! Their most recent series
for 7-12 year-olds, The Secret Show, was a double BAFTA winner in
2007, scooping Best Animation and Best Interactive awards. COP's other
production credits include their multi-award-winning debut film Rarg,
the Emmy-nominated Dr. Seuss' Daisy-Head Mayzie, BAFTA-nominated
series Dennis & Gnasher from The Beano and Harry & His
Bucket Full of Dinosaurs; plus The Magic Key, Oscar's
Orchestra, Pond Life, The King's Beard and Gordon
the Garden Gnome.
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