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Celebrating Canadian Content
We’ve compiled a number of facts on kids’ television that make us proud to be Canadian!
- 9 Story Media Group’s latest animation, Melia & Jo inspires girls to STEAM careers.
- Did you know? Drake got his start on the Canadian show Degrassi back in 2001. He’s won three Grammy awards!
- Canada’s first children’s program, Pépinot et Capucine, made its debut on September 7, 1952. This French-language puppet show was filmed in Montreal and dubbed into English.
- The Canadian kids TV show Mr. Dressup ran for almost 30 years, from 1967 to 1996.
- Startoon lets Canadian creators submit cartoon character ideas. 2016’s winning character was a duo called Sonny & Bently.
- Did you know: The longest running Canadian kids TV show was The Friendly Giant, which premiered in 1958 and ran until 1985.
- Back in 1997, Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel starred in the Canadian kids TV show Popular Mechanics for Kids.
- Bobino, a French-language marionette program, was on Radio-Canada from 1957 to 1985, spanning generations.
- In 1995, The Walt Disney Company located major animation studios in Toronto and Vancouver due to Canada’s strength in the field.
- Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted as Mister Rogers on CBC in 1963. It ran for three years in Canada before Fred Rogers bought the rights and moved it to Pittsburgh.
- Canadian show Bookaboo won BAFTA awards in 2009 and 2011 in the Pre-School Live Action category.
- In 1941, Norman McLaren established an animation division in the National Film Board. Since then, Canada has been known for groundbreaking animation production.
- Much of the production of Arthur was done in Boston, but the animation and voice acting was handled mostly in Toronto and Montreal.
- Canadian kids ages 2-17 watch an average of 17.5 hours of television every week.
- In 1956, Hidden Pages began airing on CBC. It stimulated children’s interest in reading and at times it actually caused more library books to be checked out.
- Are You Afraid of the Dark, co-produced by Cinar (now DHX), filmed mostly in Montreal. Ryan Gosling, Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel all made appearances in the series.
- There are over 100 Canadian production companies making great content for kids TV.
- The Phantoms, produced by Dream Street Pictures in Canada, won an International Kids Emmy Award for Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series in 2013.
- The Friendly Giant‘s theme song was once voted the 2nd-most recognized TV theme song in Canada, after “Hockey Night in Canada.”
- CBC’s first English fiction program was a puppet show called Uncle Chichimus.
- Calgary children’s TV program The Buck Shot Show debuted 50 years ago. It ran for 30 years, from 1967 to 1997.
- Wapos Bay, a children’s stop motion animation series, was produced for 8 years and won several Canadian Screen Awards. It launched the career of Metis talent Trevor Cameron, who has won a Canadian Screen award and now writes and directs episodic TV in Toronto.