Thomas And Friends To Move To Cartoonito UK In 2017
According to a report from Kidscreen via an announcement by Mattel Creations/Hit Entertainment, Turner UK has purchased the pay-TV broadcasting rights to Thomas and Friends, this means the show will move from Nick Jr. UK to Cartoonito UK in 2017. Thomas and Friends (formerly known as Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends) tells the story of Thomas and his steam train friends’ adventures on the Island of Sodor.
The show is based on The Railway Series, a set of books written by British author Rev. Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher. Since airing in 1984, the show has become a UK and international hit as far as the United States as well as Japan (where the show airs on Cartoon Network). The show was initially made with model railway train sets and was later made in 3D CGI, the show was successful enough to have its very own motion picture release – Thomas & the Magic Railroad as well as several other animated specials.
This isn’t the first time Turner owned the UK broadcasting rights for Thomas and Friends/Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends, the UK-based pan-European version of Cartoon Network also aired Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends in the mid to late 1990’s.
Other Cartoonito News: Sesame Street On Cartoonito?
According to an advert on the licensing.biz website, Sesame Street is coming to Cartoonito sometime this autumn, no other information has been released yet. Sesame Street is known for its pre-school content and for its lovable characters. Since 1969, the show has helped millions of children around the world learn the alphabet, learn how to count and helped them learn various social topics including friendship, how to respect people and diversity.
Sesame Street is also the most successful television programme (in terms of Emmy awards) of all time, winning a record 167 Emmy Awards (this figure includes Daytime Emmy’s and Primetime Emmy’s). Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and others will be an interesting addition to Cartoonito, the show hasn’t aired in the UK since 2001 with exception to the spin-offs – Play with Me Sesame, Elmo’s World, Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures, Sesame Tree, The Furchester Hotel as well as some episodes on Virgin Media Video On Demand. It’s about time Sesame Street had a proper home in the UK again.