All Aboard! - Mickey and pals pull into primetime on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express on Family Channel

    Special event for the whole family airs Saturday, September 26
    including network premiere of Finding Nemo

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Astral Media's Family Channel presents a
primetime special for the whole family with the premiere of Mickey Mouse
Clubhouse Choo Choo Express. This 40-minute preschool special starring Mickey
Mouse and friends airs Saturday, September 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, following the
network premiere of the underwater adventure, Finding Nemo at 5:15 p.m. ET/PT.
    "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express is a unique programming event
that offers younger viewers the chance to control the remote in primetime,"
said Donna Dos Reis, Director of Programming for Family Channel and Playhouse
Disney. "Family Channel is a champion of  co-viewing at all ages and we're
thrilled to offer a special program line-up that will put younger viewers at
the forefront, yet still appeal to everyone in the family."
    In the special Mickey Mouse Clubhouse adventure, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Choo Choo Express, Mickey and his pals Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto
put together a Clubhouse Choo Choo train and use it to help Professor Von
Drake bring loads of his special non-melting snow from Mistletoe Mountain to
the Clubhouse so that they can play in the snow every day, even in the summer.
Together with viewers at home, Mickey and his crew follow a train schedule and
choo-choo to train stations throughout the area to pick up friends and bring
them back to the Clubhouse. Families can sing and "Choo Choo Boogie" along at
the Easy Freezy Snow Party.
    Before playing in the snow that never melts, Families can dive underwater
with the Disney movie Finding Nemo at 5:15 p.m. ET/PT. When Nemo, a young
clownfish, is unexpectedly carried far from home, his overprotective father,
Marlin, and Dory, a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, embark on an
epic journey to find him that leads to encounters with vegetarian sharks,
surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish and hungry seagulls. Featuring the
voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, and Geoffrey Rush,
Finding Nemo celebrates families and friendship.
    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express will air on Playhouse Disney on
Friday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT.

    Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in
family television entertainment in 6 million homes across Canada. Dedicated to
celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs a
unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of programming
supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family OnDemand in select
areas, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service that features hit Disney
movies and series, top-rated Canadian series and Playhouse Disney programming.
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    Family Channel is an Astral Television Network. Astral Media is a leading
Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor
advertising and interactive media. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence
in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique
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