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Goodbye Playhouse Disney. Hello Disney Junior.

Posted Jan 28 2011 6:07pm

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Hey parents, Oprah isn’t the only one with a new channel. On February 14, your little ones will notice a big change on Disney Channel. Playhouse Disney will become Disney Junior.

Think of it as an evolution. The new lineup will be geared to kids from ages two to seven (before the cutoff was five). The two-year bump means more family faves like “Little Mermaid” and “Toy Story” will be featured.

Don’t freak. Your favorite shows and characters, I mean your kid’s favorite, will still be there. Mornings and early afternoon will have Disney classic and new movies plus faves like “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Special Agent Oso” and “Imagination Movers.” The change is more than name-deep, new shows (one with swash-buckling kids) and shorts will air too.

To watch Disney Junior, tune in the same place you did for Playhouse Disney weekdays (4 am – 2 pm ET/PT) and weekends (4 am – 9 am ET/PT). Also, the new format will launch as a 24-hour cable channel in 2012. Need more Disney Junior info? Click here for additional ways to access shows, see previews and find extras.

Now on to the new shows:

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

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“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”
Full-length | Focus: Teamwork | Ages: 2 – 7

If your children love to swash buckle, arghh and watch Disney’s classic movie “Peter Pan,” they’ll adore Jake, Izzy and Cubby in this animated action-adventure battling Captain Hook in Never Land. There’s more pixie dust from where that came from, included is pirate rock music by The Never Land Pirate Band. Also, on DisneyJunior.com, a “Jack and the Never Land Pirates” game-zone that includes “Jake’s Treasure Hunt” and “Izzy’s Flying Adenture.” (Think hidden treasure, escaping Captain Hook and character-inspired recipes.)

On February 7, you can catch an early view of “Jack and the Never Land Pirates” on Disney Channel on Demand (SVOD). Or, if you’re out and about with your lil one, an 11-minute preview will be available on Disney Channel mobile VOD providers, DisneyJunior.com and iTunes.

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“Mickey Mousekersize”
Short-form |Focus: Health | Ages: 2 – 7

Mickey Mouse helps our youngin’s learn how to eat healthy, stretch and exercise in the new short-form of “Mickey Mousekersize.” A short-form is, as it suggests, short and airs between longer shows – the perfect time to get those little ones up and grooving. While they’re at it, how about you join in the fun too? Sets a healthy example.

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“Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps”
Short-form | Focus: Health | Ages: 2 – 7

Mickey isn’t the only Disney Junior star to get kids excited about eating right and exercise. Special Agent Oso (Sean Astin) and Buffo (Brad Garrett) demonstrate, with a real kid so yours can relate, three steps how to stay fit and healthy.

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“A Poem Is…”
Short-form | Ages: 2 – 7

Katie Holmes and Jennifer Garner introduce your child to poems in this new series. Classic Disney cartoons play as they narrate.

“Barbar and the Adventures of Badou”
Short-form | Ages: 2 – 7

Remember Barbar from your childhood? Well, he’s back with his young grandson Babou in this new adventure.

“Tinga Tinga Tales”
Short-form | Ages: 2 – 7

This adventure series was inspired by traditional African animal folktales and the art of Tanzania.

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