August 15, 2011
- The animated pre-school series from Little Airplane –
New York, NY – August 15, 2011 – 3rd & Bird!, the hit BBC preschool series from Josh Selig and Little Airplane Productions,will have its U.S. premiere Monday, September 26, 12:00p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block for kids 2-7 and their families. Disney Junior will air all 25 episodes – 20 minutes each – plus one additional holiday special. The series will air weekdays at 12:00 p.m., ET/PT and weekends at 6:30 a.m., ET/PT.
Created in bold and colorful photo-puppetry animation – a style of animation uniquely created by production company Little Airplane – the vibrant treetop community of 3rd & Bird! is alive with singing, whistling and dancing. Each episode is filled with music and songs revolving around the lives of adorable birds: Muffin Lovebird, Samuel and their friend Rudy, who live, learn and play in the branches of a beautiful majestic tree. Through stories told about diversity, tolerance and perseverance, the series helps children to develop social skills that are integral to the functioning of a healthy community.
Each episode sees Muffin and her friends encountering a problem relevant to the pre-school age group, such as making new friends, learning a new skill or going somewhere for the first time. Although it addresses important social issues, the program is also clever, playful and full of comedy.
International recording artist Ziggy Marley is among the show’s guest stars and provides the voice of Ziggy the Parrot. Marley also composed and sings several songs on the episode in which he stars. Bird sounds and music specially created by world champion music whistler Michael Barimo are featured throughout each episode. All the music for 3rd& Bird!is produced by Little Airplane’s three-time Emmy Award-winning Musical Director, Jeffrey Lesser.
Sold by BBC Worldwide to Disney Junior, 3rd & Bird! was created by Josh Selig (The Wonder Pets!, Small Potatoes) and is produced in London and New York by his company Little Airplane Productions. BBC Worldwide is currently seeking licensed consumer products partners for the U.S., across all major categories.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the license payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Global Brands and Digital Media.
About Little Airplane
Founded by Josh Selig in 1999, Little Airplane Productions created and produced The Wonder Pets! for Nick Jr., (winner of the 2009 Japan Prize for Best Television Series), Oobi! for NOGGIN, and 3rd & Bird! for the BBC’s CBeebies. Additionally, Josh Selig was the Head Writer for Little Bill on Nick Jr. He has received ten Emmy Awards for his writing on Sesame Street, and was the Resident Producer of the historic Israeli/Palestinian Sesame Street co-production (winner of the 1998 Japan Prize). Josh also writes a weekly column for Kidscreen Magazine called “Planet Preschool” which can be read at www.kidscreen.com. For more information about Little Airplane Productions please visit www.littleairplane.com.