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TVOKids Fall lineup emphasizes fitness, the wonders of science, and learning through imaginative play

August 05, 2011 @ 12:45PM

TVOKids kicks off its Fall 2011 season on September 5 with a lineup of on-air and online, curriculum-based children’s shows and web games that reaffirms TVO as an innovator in multimedia children’s content and programming. According to a 2011 IPSOS Reid Omnibus survey, Ontarians rate TVO as both the “most trusted” and the “most educational” media brand for children in Canada.

Highlights include:

  • New shows include Jack, Hippothesis, Small Potatoes, and the first adaptation of the popular children’s book, Guess How Much I Love You
  • Gisèle’s Big Backyard welcomes a new character
  • The Space takes you Inside Tumbletown and introduces The Big Escape series
  • Gets kids moving with the Million Ways to Move campaign
  • Returning favourites include The Jungle Book, Wild Kratts, and Pillars of Freedom
  • The popular Sunday Family Movie returns with new films including a stunning new adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince
  • Great new games that make learning fun at


On Gisèle’s Big Backyard, TVOKids’ early learning block for kids aged 2 to 6, rock star Wonda Wonder Words is the Backyard’s newest character who will introduce early learners to new words. Gisèle’s puppet friend, Tia, will explore simple elements of science with a new series Explore Galore beginning in October. Gisèle and her many friends will also be learning about healthy eating and science as they cultivate a community shared garden in Community Vegetable Garden: Get Growing. And throughout the block, host Gisele and her friends will show how simple daily activities mean you’re moving. It’s part of TVOKids’ Million Ways To Move campaign encouraging kids to stay active.

The Million Ways to Move campaign continues on TVOKids’ The Space, Ontario’s only live and interactive block for school-aged kids. In hosted breaks from 3:30 pm to 7 pm TVOKids’ Kara, Drew and Dalmar will talk to children live and ask them how they find new ways to move. Tumbleweed, everyone’s favourite hamster, is back with Tumbletown Tale$, learning how to balance his bank account and why money matters. And Inside Tumbetown teaches media literacy by taking kids behind the scenes of how Tumbletown Reads was produced.

And on the last Monday of the month on The Space, TVOKids Hotline will tackle issues kids need to talk about., and TVOKids Homework Zone with Teachers Troy, Aldo, Wynne, and Mark will help kids with their homework questions.


Jack – North American Premiere
Monday to Friday beginning September 5, 2011, at 5:30 pm, Saturday 10 am,
Sunday 9:30 am
52 / 11 minutes
Produced by PVP Productions and TVO
School Age

Co-produced by TVO, this fun and educational 3-D animated series is entertaining with a solid science theme at its core. An adorable blue alien named Jack and his pet dog Rocket befriend a group of Earth kids. Through a series of adventures, Jack teaches the kids concepts in science. Stories include: How does an earthquake happen? What’s a black hole? What causes avalanches?

Hippothesis – North American Premiere
Monday to Friday 11:25 am beginning September 5, 2011; Saturday 7:15 am
52 / 4 minutes
Produced by Yowza Digital in association with TVO
Early Learning

Dawn, a pygmy hippopotamus, and Edward the dog are the stars in this new animated series for kids ages 3 to 7. The pair explores their everyday environments and learn about the natural world around them. Dawn enthusiastically investigates anything, while Edward approaches the world more methodically – wanting to know what the result will be before they even start.

Small Potatoes – North American Premiere
Monday to Friday beginning September 5, 2011, at 8:25 am; 3:25 pm
26 / 3 minutes
Little Airplane Productions
Early Learning

Cute doesn’t begin to describe this animated series about four adorable potatoes who sing to celebrate their imagination! Each episode features a music video with a new song written in an entirely different musical style. No genre is safe from these spuds!

Guess How Much I Love You – North American Premiere
Saturday and Sunday 8:10 am beginning September 10, 2011
52 / 11 minutes
Produced by CCI Entertainment Ltd.
Early Learning

The first adaptation of the much-loved, bestselling children’s book by Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram tells the story of Little Nutbrown Hare who is lovingly led on journeys of discovery about the joys of nature by his caring father, Big Nutbrown Hare.

More new shows this Fall:

Serious Explorers: Livingstone – Coming to TVO in October
This six-part, half-hour series for school-aged kids from CBBC follows seven young explorers who go on an adventure of a lifetime when they attempt to follow in the legendary footsteps of Dr. David Livingstone in Tanzania.

Poppy Cat – Coming to TVO in November
Based on the books by Lara Jones, this animated series for early learners from Coolabi Productions and Rollo Films follows Poppy Cat, a fun-loving orange tabby, and her animal friends who take imaginative play to new heights.


The Jungle Book (New episodes) Monday and Friday at 5:30 pm, beginning September 5
Mowgli, Baloo, Baghera and Kaa are back with new adventures in the Indian jungle. Look for a one-hour Jungle Book special later this season.

Wild Kratts (New episodes) –  Monday to Friday 6 pm; Saturday at 3 pm; Sunday at 10:30 am beginning September 5, 2011
The Kratt brothers return with new episodes of their immensely popular animated series in which they help animals around the world and foil the plans of villains Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata and Chef Gourmond. Visit to play the Wild Kratts interactive game.

Pillars of Freedom (Series 2) – Mon, Wed, Friday at 5:55 pm beginning September 5, Sunday at 11:55 am
Little dragons Spirit and Imm continue trying to restore freedom to Caveworld in this innovative on-air and online series co-produced by TVO that demonstrates the importance of democracy and the right to vote.

Think Big (series 3) – Mondays 6:30 pm; Saturday 12 pm beginning September 5, 2011
Problem-solving skills are put to the test in this fast-paced series that asks kid inventors to flex their scientific and engineering muscles.

A World of Wonders (series 4) – Tues, Wed, Thurs 6:45 pm; Sunday 12:45 pm
This TVO co-production takes adventurous host Cari to exotic new locales including Indonesia, Singapore, India, Kenya, and Rwanda.

SUNDAY FAMILY MOVIES (Sundays at 2 pm)

TVOKids’ popular weekend movie block has a terrific lineup of films for the whole family this fall. A highlight is a spectacular CGI-animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, presented as an on-going series on the last Sunday of each month. So gather the kids, grab the popcorn and settle in for an afternoon of entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Fall Schedule:
Beauty and the Beast (1987) – September 4, November 6
Heck’s Way Home (1996) – September 11
Doogal (2006) – September 18
The Little Prince (2010) – September 25, October 30, November 27
The Frog Prince (1986) – October 2
Air Bud (1997) – October 9
Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver (1998) – October 16
Puss in Boots (1988) – October 23
Aussie and Ted’s Great Adventure (2009) – November 13
Rumpelstiltskin (1987) – November 20
The Snow Queen (1995) – December 4
Stuart Little (1999) – December 11
The Flight of the Reindeer (2000) – December 18
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) – December 25

TVOKIDS.COM continues to lead the way in teacher-approved, kid-tested excitement by doing one of the things they do best: creating great online games that make learning fun!

In September, be sure to look out for all these cool new games:

Ages 2-5:

Wanda Wonder Words Game
Join Wanda as she uses her rock and roll singing skills to help Gisèle with word definitions.

This and That Shop: Coin Recognition
Can you tell the difference between a quarter and nickel? Collect each coin, drop it in the machine and make Carney the Cat talk!

Ages 11 and under:

Tumbletown: Movie Maker
Fans of the TVO TV series Inside Tumbletown will get a chance to practice their media literacy while creating their very own movie using different settings and being able to see how it affects each scene’s mood.

Space Trek Galaxy
Do you like helping Captain Kent avoid meteors and flying space objects as he speeds around the planets on Space Trek? Do you think you can use your math skills to find the hidden meteorites yourself? Give it a try!

Working Memory Game
Can you remember what you had for breakfast today? What about last Tuesday? Working Memory Game is a fun challenge to see if you can remember to repeat the sequence in the same order.

Stay Healthy Game with the Sci Squad Detectives
The Sci Squad detectives always find a way to solve the case! See if you can find out a fun way to stay healthy and keep the cold virus away from your body.


About TVO
TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit

Where to find TVO
Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.


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