Chuggington™ Set to Thrill Kids as It Makes Its U.S. Debut
Already a Hit in Europe and Japan, the Show and Website Will Speed onto American Screens on January 18
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Jan 14, 2010 Global television hit, Chuggington, is racing its way into American families’ homes this month. Kids and families can tune into Playhouse Disney, Disney Channel’s preschool-focused programming block, on January 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT for Chuggington’s U.S. premiere.
The train-centric series invites preschoolers to follow the humorous and educational adventures of three young ‘trainees’ as they learn to ‘ride the rails’ of life. Following the series premiere, Chuggington will air Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Using feature-quality CGI animation, Chuggington’s fast-paced, kid-centric stories highlight a colorful, modern cast of characters and are designed to teach simple, yet important, social-emotional lessons that help preschoolers ‘ride the rails’ through their learning years. Throughout each episode, children climb aboard and follow the trainees as they embark on different adventures where they learn to explore Chuggington, an exciting and safe world.
Chuggington was created by Ludorum, a London-based company whose founders and principals have extensive backgrounds in building and managing some of the most beloved children’s entertainment properties including Bob the Builder™, Barney™ and Thomas the Tank Engine™.
Chuggington made its global debut in September 2008 in the U.K. on BBC TWO and launched on CBeebies, BBC’s preschool channel, in January 2009. Already a ratings success in the U.K., France, Australia, Germany, Japan and Canada, Chuggington is positioned to be a hit in the U.S. as a global, contemporary series geared toward both boys and girls.
Chuggington’s online presence includes a rich, engaging website – www.chuggington.com – featuring games, interactive adventures, stories and original content designed specifically for preschoolers to learn and play. For the latest Chuggington news, fans can check out Chuggington on Facebook (www.facebook.com/chuggington) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/chuggington).
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Chuggington is a computer generated 3D series as well as a fully immersive interactive website. The series follows the adventures of Wilson, Brewster and Koko, trainee diesel engines, each with their own unique personality and learning style. The series is set in a world much like our own with cities, villages and diverse cultures and geography. Entertainment and enjoyment is at the heart of Chuggington, but embedded within each story are important educational and developmental messages centered on learning and social-emotional development. Chuggington is directed by Sarah Ball, who won a BAFTA award for her work as a director and writer of Bob the Builder™. The property was conceived to seamlessly integrate television, books and interactive view-and-play. Further information is available at www.chuggington.com
About Ludorum PLC
Ludorum was founded and is operated by the former CEO and COO of HIT Entertainment PLC which managed a strong portfolio of children's properties including Bob the Builder™, Barney™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™ and Guinness World Records®, and by the co-founder and former CEO of Learning Curve, International, the company that held toy licenses for Thomas & Friends and other preschool properties. Ludorum is dedicated to developing, acquiring and marketing intellectual entertainment properties that are appropriate for both new interactive distribution channels and classic linear TV. For more information about Ludorum please visit: www.ludorum.com