Playhouse Disney Welcomes Junction To The Jungle

Disney Channel is about to let preschoolers enter the jungle.

The network’s “Playhouse Disney” block has given the green light to the computer-generated  Jungle Junction, a U.K. production from Spider Eye focused on animals that explore a jungle on wheels. The environmentally aware show is slated to make its debut on the channel's programming block around the globe next year.

"The humorous character-based stories are structured around an innovative curriculum that highlights the juxtaposition we all recognize between natural and urban habitats," said Nancy Kanter, senior vice president of Playhouse Disney Worldwide, in a statement. "We are hopeful that Jungle Junction will introduce preschoolers early on to the importance of fostering an appreciation of a responsibility for the environment."

The network will also add a batch of installments for two of its popular CG series with the preschool set: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Tigger & Pooh. Disney Channel has ordered 35 installments apiece from sister company Walt Disney TV Animation.

The programs, which bowed in May 2006 and May 2007, respectively, are tops in their time slots with 2-to-5-year-olds, according to Disney Channel executives.