DISNEY’S FILLMORE!Format: 26 30-minute episodes Distrib: Walt Disney TV Intl. Content: Created by former Bongo Comics and “Pepper Ann” scribe Scott Gimple, series is a hip toon about a crime-solving seventh-grader with a shady past. Top-notch voice thesps include Orlando Brown, Horatio Sanz, Wendie Malick, Jeff Probst and Lauren Tom. Backstory: The toon, which has already bowed Stateside on ABC, has a cool look, and is inspired by a wide range of pop cultural references, including “Shaft,” “Lethal Weapon” and the films of Quentin Tarantino. And yes, its target viewers are grade-school kids. OZZY AND DRIX Format: 13 30-minute episodes Distrib: Warner Bros. Content: The entertaining white blood cell cop and the over-the-counter cold pill from the feature “Osmosis Jones” try to maintain health and order in the body of a 13-year-old. Backstory: Exec produced by Sander Schwartz, and Peter and Bobby Farrelly, this Warners Bros. toon has all the right elements to entertain its young target aud. After all, the animated segments of the original movie were really its heart and soul. Toon has already premiered as part of Kids WB! Saturday a.m. lineup in the U.S. THE SAVE-UMS! Format: 52 11-minute episodes; 26 30-minute episodes Distrib: Decode Entertainment Content: Preschool action heroes encourage kids to learn using the wonders of technology and CGI animation. Backstory: Show is produced by Decode; series creator is Dan Clark. Series is scheduled to launch on the Learning Channel and Discovery Kids’ children’s block in February. Toon airs on CBC in Canada. SERIOUSLY WEIRD Format: 26 30-minute episodes Distrib: Granada Intl. Content: Live-action series centers on a British teen who gets the respect of his new American classmates when he finds magical stones, which attract all kinds of bizarro phenomena to his world. Backstory: Produced by Granada Kids and Cinegroupe, series bows on Canada’s YTV this fall and in the winter on ITV1 in the U.K. Skein could ride the coattails of “Harry Potter” nicely. LITTLE CRITTERS Format: 40 12-minute episodes Distrib: Nelvana Content: Canuck animation shop’s latest is based on the bestselling series of books by writer-artist Mercer Mayer. Program is about the day-to-day world of an imaginative preschooler, his family members and favorite animals. Backstory: The series will be ready for a 2003 bow. In his autobiographical sketch, creator Mayer notes, “I tell stories with pictures, and quite often I even add words. I am and always have been mostly visual. My verbal skills are practically nil.” SOMETHING ELSE Format: 26 11-minute episodes Distrib: TV Loonland Content: Quirky toon series aimed at 5 to 8 year olds is about two furry misfits; one is small and blue, the other, long-nosed and orange. Show is based on the illustrated book by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell. Backstory: Project is a joint venture between TV Loonland and Studio B Prods. for ZDF (Germany) and Family Channel (Canada). Series is expected to bow in the spring. Whimsical, fuzzy characters are strong on tyke appeal. FAMILY VALUES Format: 26 30-minute episodes Distrib: Mainframe Content: This co-production between Canuck CG toon shop Mainframe and Honest Entertainment focuses on a wholesome ’50s-style family living in the modern world. Backstory: Tongue-in-cheek toon is created and written by Tom Brady (“The Simpsons”) and Joanne Ferrone (“Fido Dido”). Characters are made from a collage of cut paper and vintage photos used to portray characters’ faces. Think of it as “Pleasantville” gone wild.
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