Justin Time, Guru Studio’s first original animated adventure series for preschoolers, will premiere April 22 in the United States on the Sprout channel.
Sprout has acquired two seasons of the series, which is produced by Toronto-based Guru and has aired overseas on such network as Discovery Kids Latin America and Disney Junior.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Sprout to introduce Justin Time to children and parents all across America,” said Frank Falcone, president and creative director of Guru Studio. “Sprout is a fast-growing, trusted destination for extraordinary preschool programming, and we’re proud that Justin Time will now be among this premiere channel’s standout offerings for quality children’s media.”
Justin Time features a young boy named Justin, who embarks on imaginary adventures with his make-believe friends Squidgy, a shape-shifting piece of yellow clay; and Olive, the group’s trusty navigator and guide. Together, the intrepid, high-spirited trio takes off on bite-size historical adventures.
In addition, the Justin Time web site, co-produced by Zincroe and Guru Studio, invites preschoolers and their families into Justin’s world to extend the fun and further the pro-social messages of the series with online scroller games and apps.
Guru Studio will follow up on the Sprout deal with a U.S. licensing program for Justin Time, with deals expected to be announced later this year.
Justin Time was created by Brandon Scott and developed by Frank Falcone, Mary Bredin and Scott. Guru Studio worked previously on the Emmy Award-winning preschool series, The Backyardigans, as well as Guess with Jess and Babar and The New Adventures of Badou.