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Birbal, Alladin on toon channels

Are you bored with the same cat and mouse race on your favourite toon channel and are looking for newer and fresher programmes? Well, go no far as Cartoon Network and Disney Channel promise exciting times ahead.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 02:52 IST

Are you bored with the same cat and mouse race on your favourite toon channel and are looking for newer and fresher programmes? Well, go no far as Cartoon Network and Disney Channel promise exciting times ahead.

Come month-end, and Cartoon Network will recreate the magic of Indian folk tales. And in case you are thinking that there are not many takers for it, read this: “Ramayana – Legend of Prince Ram aired around Diwali collected the highest TRP,” confirms Vishnu Athreya, senior programming manager, Cartoon Network, India and South Asia.

“We have acquired 6-8 Indian folk tales and will telecast them over the year. We will begin with three brand new animation productions — Akbar and Birbal, a 2D animation series created by Phoebus Creations, Pune, and two big theatricals from Pentamedia, The Legend of Buddha and Son of Alladin.”

Akbar and Birbal, a 13-episode classic, traces some of the stories and anecdotes of the Mughal emperor Akbar and one of his Navratnas, Birbal. It will be telecast on Cartoon Network every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Legend of Buddha, another classic 2D animation, will trace the life of Lord Buddha from his childhood through enlightenment. It will also try to popularise his teachings. Son of Alladin, a 3D animation, is based on the Arabian Nights character Alladin.

Athreya adds, “this does not mean that we will telecast less of foreign productions. But it’s just that we want to give our audience a bigger slice of home- grown stuff. In the international section, we have new series of Pokemon soon to hit the screen.”

While this is the tale of Cartoon Network, Toon Disney is set to raise its TRPs the brainy way.

Little Einstein will take the pre-schoolers on a wild adventure this month, which will include visit to outer space, dancing with whales, an African Safari and finding a pirate treasure.

During a promotional gig in the Capital, Rajat Jain, managing director, Walt Disney Company (India) said, “The Disney Channel has provided a platform for its viewers to magnify their imagination and experience the real magic.

“It’s also a very good sampler of our commitment to localising every piece of our entertainment while ensuring that the Indian audience also gets a taste of our most endearing classic Disney shows.”

In addition there’s Dragon Booster on Toon Disney. It’s a tale of an ordinary teenager named Artha Penn who plunges into an extraordinary adventure when he was chosen to ride Beaucephalis, the dragon of legend.

Penn’s life changes thereon and he is transformed into a legendary hero known as the Dragon Booster.

Check out the toon channels as February spells fun!

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 02:52 IST