Friday, February 20th, 2009

Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Friday, February 20, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. acquires Kerpoof, which created kid online content and tools for kids to create their own designs, according to TechCrunch.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  At kids can create pictures using the site’s trove of clip air as well as create their own drawings, as well as make cards, storybooks and movies and the like.  Disney characters have already begun to be incorporated.  While much of the site is free, there are paid memberships that provide subscribers with the ability to shop in a virtual market, open special areas, access songs and buy movies.


Nick Jr. in the UK is set to premiere Humf, a new preschool series narrated by actress Caroline Quentin, on March 2, where the series will air daily at 6p.  Created by Andrew Brenner, the series revolves around Humf, a curious and unrelenting purple ‘furry thing’, and reflects the world from the perspective of a three-year-old.  Humf is co-produced in the UK by King Rollo Films and Rubber Duck Entertainment.

Disney Channel features Miley Cyrus tonight and prepares to launch its new preschool series:

  • Miley Cyrus and choreographer Jamal Simms will offer break-down the moves to the song HoeDown ThrowDown, from the upcoming feature film Hannah Montana The Movie, in wrap-around segments on Disney Channel tonight 8-10p.  Hannah Montana The Movie opens in theaters April 10, 2009.
  • Special Agent Oso, a new animated series, premieres with back-to-back episodes on Saturday, April 4 at 8a and 8:30a, as part of the Playhouse Disney programming block.  The series features Sean Astin as the voice of Oso, a bumbling stuffed panda bear that is a special agent in training, who completes his missions with the help of viewers. To support the debut of the Oso, beginning March 21, a full episode will be available at, as well as on mobile for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon wireless customers and via a free preview on iTunes. An episode will also be available on Disney Channel On Demand from Saturday, March 28.  Special Agent Oso launches simultaneously on the UK’s Playhouse Disney channel and will roll out through mid-2009 on Playhouse Disney channels and Disney Channels around the world.

Cartoon Network (US) acquires Cake Entertainment‘s new animated series Stoked (26×22), per C21 Media. Produced by Fresh TV, Stoked follows the adventures of six teens that spend their summer away from home working, living and surfing together at Surfer’s Paradise Resort.  Cartoon Network US previously acquired Total Drama Island, also produced by Fresh TV and distributed by Cake Entertainment.

Qubo is set to premiere four new episodes each of Turbo Dogs, My Friend Rabbit and The Zula Patrol through March 2009.  The episodes will debut beginning with the qubo on ION Television block, and then airing on the Saturday morning qubo on NBC block and qubo on Telemundo in Spanish on weekend mornings.  The new episodes will also air on qubo Channel.


The preschool property Postman Pat heads to the live stage under a new partnership between Entertainment Rights and theatre producer Premier Stage Productions.  The new live production Postman Pat Special Delivery Service (SDS) launches in the UK and will make its way to 45 theaters from spring 2010.  The new animated Postman Pat series (26×15) recently debuted on CBeebies.

Thomas the Tank Engine heads out across the US and Canada as part of the Day Out With Thomas 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour, which begins this March and runs through December 2009.  Presented by Hit Entertainment and sponsored by The Lego Group, this marks the 14the year of the Thomas tour that invites kids and families to ride on a real 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine.  Each event also features an appearance by Sir Topham Hatt, the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station, which includes Lego Duplo and themed hands on arts and crafts, and a storytelling/video viewing area, among other performances and activities.  More information is available at

Chapman Entertainment partners with UK retailer Hamleys for a Fifi & Roary Week promotion, as part of the retailer’s Cartoon Crazy Month, this March.  Chapman will host its weeklong promotion, showcasing its Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car properties, at Hamleys’ Regent Street store in London the week of March 23-29.  As part of Fifi & Roary Week, characters from both shows will appear at the store of the weekend where there will also be various handouts and a competition.


Wubbzy, the star of the animated preschool series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, teams with Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization, to serve as the spokes-character to promote  World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.  Wubbzy will star in a series of public service announcements and the website, where folks can get involved with the virtual Walk on the Web, produced by World Autism Day Awareness, Autism Speaks and the Ad Council.  Produced by Bolder Media, Inc. in association with Film Roman, a Starz Media, LLC company, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy airs around the world including in the US on Nick Jr.

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Friday Fun Fact:  A giraffe can clean its ears with its tongue.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  On The Munsters, what was Eddie’s middle name?  WOLFGANG Kudos to: Christopher Byrne-Byrne Communications, Inc./The Toy Guy®/NY; Joe Swaney-Cartoon Network/GA; Erica Minton-WonderGroup/Cincinnati; Shelley Culp-Cartoon Network/Atlanta, GA; Hank Bordowitz-The Bordowitz Media Werx/Macomb, IL; Vito Viscomi-Slap Happy Cartoons/LA; Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson; Rob Chatlin-FX Network/L A; John Mazur-KCET-PBS/LA; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa; Lee Williams-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa

Today’s Trivia Question:  On the cartoon Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers, what type of creature was Zipper?  (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)

Later — Gwen
 Gwen Billings for Cynopsis Kids!

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