On Sunday, Dec. 11, Toronto-based 9 Story Ent. will see its animated adaptation of the award-winning children’s book If the World Were a Village broadcast in seven countries including the U.S., Canada, Germany and Mexico. The television premiere will be part of UNICEF’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.
Based on the 2002 book by the same name by author David J. Smith, If the World Were a Village delivers a message of tolerance and understanding by offering children a view of the world as if it were a village of just 100 people, where one person equals 64 million. In this village, 20 people earn almost nothing, 17 will never learn to read or write and 60 are always hungry.
The 30-minute educational program was animated by 9 Story, which produced the Emmy award-winning animated children’s series Peep and the Big Wide World in partnership with WSBH-Boston. Led by exec producers Vince Commisso and Steven Jarosz, the 9 Story team includes senior producer Marilyn McAuley (Skyland, Jacob 2-2) Emmy-winning director Rick Marshall (The Dumb Bunnies, Ned’s Newt) and Gemini Award-winning director Jamie Whitney (Peep and The Big Wide World, TV’s Beetlejuice).
Illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, Smith’s book won the 2003 Independent Publisher book award, among other kudos. It’s published by Kids Can Press of Toronto and distributed to seven countries by Nelvana Ltd. of Toronto.
If the World Were a Village debuts on Discovery Kids in the U.S. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m. More information and clips from the program can be found at www.iftheworldwereavillage.ca.