PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch
|PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch|
|Country of origin||
|Original network||PBS Kids|
|Original release||September 30, 2000 – 2004|
PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch is a Canadian/American children's animated television block on PBS that ran from September 30, 2000 to 2004, produced by Canada's Nelvana animation studio. This programming block typically aired on Saturday mornings, depending on station preference and scheduling. The series that formed the Bookworm Bunch were based on popular children's books. The initial series were Timothy Goes to School, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, Corduroy, Elliot Moose, Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters, and George Shrinks.
On October 27, 2001, the block was cut down to two hours, deleting Corduroy and Elliot Moose.
In early 2003, PBS scheduled a weekday version of the block, which included The Berenstain Bears and new episodes of both Seven Little Monsters and George Shrinks. The Berenstain Bears and Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters shared the same half-hour time-slot (with an 11-minute story of each series). Timothy Goes to School and Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse left the network.
In 2003, PBS launched the "Share a Story" ad campaign that aired between Adventures from the Book of Virtues, The Berenstain Bears, George Shrinks, and Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters. The song used in the campaign was sung by popular American rock band They Might Be Giants.
After the cancellation of the Bookworm Bunch block in 2004, the non-cable Qubo channel airs reruns of Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse and Timothy Goes to School as part of its daily programming. Elliot Moose reruns also aired on Qubo from 2007–2010. Cable channel Discovery Kids also aired reruns of Timothy Goes to School from 2004 until 2006. The block was replaced in October 2004 by PBS Kids Go!.
- Timothy Goes to School (September 30, 2000 - 2004)
- Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (September 30, 2000 - 2004)
- Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters (September 30, 2000 - 2004)
- George Shrinks (September 30, 2000 - 2004)
- Corduroy (September 30, 2000 - October 27, 2001)
- Elliot Moose (September 30, 2000 - October 27, 2001)
- PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch official site at the Wayback Machine (archive index)