Chuggington Set to Thrill on Playhouse Disney January 18 (Video)

Global television hit Chuggington is racing its way into American families’ homes this month. Kids and families can tune into Playhouse Disney, Disney Channel’s preschool-focused programming block, on January 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT for Chuggington’s U.S. premiere.

The train-centric series invites preschoolers to follow the humorous and educational adventures of three young ‘trainees’ as they learn to ‘ride the rails’ of life. Following the series premiere, Chuggington will air Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.

Using feature-quality CGI animation, Chuggington’s fast-paced, kid-centric stories highlight a colorful, modern cast of characters and are designed to teach simple, yet important, social-emotional lessons that help preschoolers ‘ride the rails’ through their learning years. Throughout each episode, children climb aboard and follow the trainees as they embark on different adventures where they learn to explore Chuggington, an exciting and safe world.

Chuggington was created by Ludorum, a London-based company whose founders and principals have extensive backgrounds in building and managing some of the most beloved children’s entertainment properties including Bob the Builder, Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Chuggington made its global debut in September 2008 in the U.K. on BBC TWO and launched on CBeebies, BBC’s preschool channel, in January 2009. Already a ratings success in the U.K., France, Australia, Germany, Japan and Canada, Chuggington is positioned to be a hit in the U.S. as a global, contemporary series geared toward both boys and girls.

Chuggington’s online presence includes a rich, engaging website – www.chuggington.com – featuring games, interactive adventures, stories and original content designed specifically for preschoolers to learn and play. For the latest Chuggington news, fans can check out Chuggington on Facebook (www.facebook.com/chuggington) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/chuggington). 5EKGB26G885J

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