Train-oriented British animation series Chuggington has scheduled its first stop in the United States, premiering Jan. 18 on Playhouse Disney.
The 26-episode series will air Tuesday to Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.
The CG series about three friends who learn to explore work and play in a safe world is targeted at kids 3-6. Created by a team that includes Sarah Ball, director and writer of Bob the Builder, and Don Toht, a former exec at Learning Curve, the series debuted in September 2008 on BBC 2 and in January 2009 on CBeebies in the U.K.
The series also has been a ratings success in France, Australia, Germany, Japan and Canada.
‘Chuggington is loved by both parents and children worldwide and the lessons in each episode translate well across countries and cultures,’ said Charlie Caminada, COO, of Ludorum, which is producing the program. ‘We are very excited to kick off 2010 with the debut of Chuggington in the U.S. through our partnership with Playhouse Disney. Bringing the property to the United States is a natural next stop for Chuggington.’
Ludorum, based in London, recently started a U.S. operation to oversee development of a Chuggington consumer products program.
In addition to the series and developing consumer products, Chuggington‘s online presence includes a rich, engaging website ‘ www.chuggington.com ‘ which features games, interactive adventures, stories and original content designed just for preschoolers to learn and play.