From a media release:
“THE JUNGLE ROOM” – THE NEW REALITY SERIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS – LAUNCHES SEPT. 4 ON TVO
Follow the unscripted dramas, traumas and hilarity of seven charismatic children, aged four to six, as they romp through “The Jungle Room”, the new reality series for and about preschoolers. Told entirely from the children’s perspective, each 26 x 11′ episode explores a different theme from fire safety to what makes babies grow. Produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment (“This is Daniel Cook”; “Roll Play”), in partnership with TVOKids, “The Jungle Room” airs Tues., Wed. and Thurs. at 6:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. ET starting Sept. 4 on TVO. The parents’ companion series to “The Jungle Room”, “Gorilla Parenting for the Jungle Room” premieres winter 2008 on TVO.
“This series is a true celebration of a preschooler’s world of first times, big emotions and friendships. For the first time, young viewers at home can watch an authentic and engaging reflection of themselves,” says Liz Haines, Creator, Producer, and Director, “The Jungle Room”. “The series connects kids with kids while jump-starting the viewer into all kinds of learning, from how to make a scary spider snack to erupting your own volcano.”
Each eleven-minute episode is a day-in-the-life at the day care where the seven children spend their days. Segments like ‘play’, ‘art’, ‘snack’, ‘outside’ and ‘guest’ take viewers through the kids’ experience of activities related to the theme. Each activity inspire young viewers at home and even invite them to play along. Anthony, the teacher, along with Moxy, his sidekick monkey puppet, are always present to facilitate the kids’ play, interactions and solve any problems that might arise – especially when it comes to rubber snakes.
ATTACK OF THE 40-FOOT TOUCAN
It is imagination day in “The Jungle Room” and the kids are encouraged to be anything they want to be, but be careful – there is a 40-foot toucan running loose.
GEORGE VERSUS THE VOLCANO
“The Jungle Room” kids spend time learning about volcanoes and how to play together when tensions erupt during free play.
THRILLS, SPILLS AND FIRE DRILLS
A visit from a real fire fighter, the art of making a fire engine and the arrival of an actual pumper truck create one of our most scorching episodes.
STOP MOTION COMMOTION
“The Jungle Room” heads to the National Film Board (NFB) in Toronto where the kids come face-to-face with their own clay likenesses and get to make an animated short.
The live-action companion documentary series – “Gorilla Parenting for the Jungle Room” – takes viewers into the parenting trenches by answering the questions bombarding modern parents. Starting with revealing footage of kids playing in the relatively adult-free environment of “The Jungle Room”, we observe the world of kids away from their parents – a world parents rarely get to see. This helps set up topics and raise pertinent questions from the parents watching their kids on a monitor. This series launches on TVO in the winter 2008.
“The Jungle Room” will also air on ACCESS in Alberta, The Knowledge Network in British Columbia and the Saskatchewan Communications Network beginning September 2007 (check local listings).