From a media release:
- BROADCAST PREMIERE MON., SEPT. 3 at 7:55 p.m. ET on TREEHOUSE –
- Produced in association with National Geographic Kids Entertainment and UNICEF
From climbing Machu Picchu to tracking polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, “Are we there yet?: World Adventure” is the first-ever Canadian live-action pre-school travel adventure series for kids, hosted by kids. Each 39 x 7′ episode tracks the globetrotting adventures of two brother/sister duos who alternate taking kids at home on a breathtaking tour of six continents, 12 countries and almost 35 cities. “Are we there yet?: World Adventure”, a Treehouse original production, is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment (This is Daniel Cook; Roll Play) in association with National Geographic Kids and with the support of UNICEF. The series premieres on Treehouse Mon., Sept. 3 at 7:55 p.m. ET and on Discovery Kids Canada on Sat., Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. ET.
“We wanted to build a series that celebrates every part of the world through a child’s perspective,” says J.J. Johnson, Creator, Director, Co-Producer and Writer of “Are we there yet?: World Adventure”. “Our hope is to spark an interest, from a very young age, in different cultures and places around the globe.”
In each seven-minute episode, sibling adventurers – Julian (8) and Rosie (6) or Molly (8) and Sam (6) – experience each culture by interacting with local children and experts, eating local food, exploring a local man-made or natural wonder, playing local games and/or attending local festivals. They share their experiences with children at home through journal writings, drawings and photographs. Countries visited include Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, England, France, Germany, Ukraine, India, Kenya, Thailand and the United States. The producers chose the countries to reflect Canada’s own cultural diversity.
Complemented by an innovative and expansive website, “Are we there yet?: World Adventure” extends the viewing experience with dynamic games, interactive maps and exclusive unseen footage, enabling the viewer at home to go on their own digital world wide adventure launching this September at www.treehousetv.com/arewethereyet.
CANADA: Molly and Sam arrive in Churchill, Manitoba where they board a massive snow tank called a tundra buggy. As the tundra buggy rolls over the snowy ground, our intrepid adventurers see an arctic fox, a polar bear and come up with creative games to while away the ride.
UKRAINE: Molly and Sam explore the streets of Kiev where they ride a cable-driven funicular railway, go to an artists’ market and craft traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs.
FRANCE: Julian and Rosie go sightseeing in Paris where they sketch with a French artist, taste crêpes for the first time and finish their adventure atop the Eiffel Tower.
USA: In the giant city of New York, Rosie and Julian see gigantic dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and have great time skating in colossal Central Park.
INDIA: Rosie and Julian journey to one of the wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal. Along the way, they watch a traditional Indian dance and ride a camel.
KENYA: Rosie and Julian go to a school in Kenya to hand-out UNICEF supplies. The duo join the school for the national anthem, play some stick games, then head indoors to make clay animals. Later they visit an elephant orphanage in Nairobi National Park to help take care of three baby elephants.
Sinking Ship Entertainment is an award-winning television production and new media company dedicated to creating groundbreaking live-action programming and cross-platform new media content. Sinking Ship has created and produced some of Canada’s most successful children’s programmes to date including “This is Daniel Cook”, “This is Emily Yeung”, “Roll Play” and “I dare you!”. Their next series – “Are we there yet?: World Adventure” and “The Jungle Room” – launch in fall 2007. Sinking Ship Entertainment is the brainchild of three recent Ryerson University graduates – J.J. Johnson, Matt Bishop, and Blair Powers. The trio, together with partner Liz Haines, continually identifies ways to push the live-action programming genre into new territory.
Treehouse, seen in over six million homes across Canada, offers a unique television environment that is in tune with the interests and developmental levels of pre-school children. Treehouse is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ website can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.
National Geographic Kids Entertainment is an independent production and U.S. distribution entity of National Geographic Ventures. Established in 2003, NGKE brings the renowned National Geographic brand to children’s entertainment through the development, production and distribution of quality animated and live-action, entertainment-driven programming that excites kids to explore their world. NGKE will work with all major broadcast outlets in the United States and abroad. For more information about National Geographic, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
UNICEF is the world’s leader for children, working in 156 countries and territories to save, protect and enhance the lives of girls and boys. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, promotes quality basic education, protects children from violence, exploitation and AIDS, and is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing nations. A global leader in emergencies with six decades of on-the-ground experience, UNICEF saves and rebuilds children’s lives in natural disasters and conflict. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, associations and governments.