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CBC upfront unveils two new preschool series

Two new domestic productions aimed at preschoolers were revealed at Canadian pubcaster CBC’s ​​2022 upfront presentation.

A co-pro between Toronto’s Windy Isle Productions and Vancouver-based Thunderbird Entertainment, Mittens and Pants promises to unleash “cuteness overload” when it premieres this fall. Set in Kibble Corners, the series (39 x seven minutes) features real baby animals such as puppies, kittens and piglets cruising through town on vehicles as they perform key jobs like delivering mail.

Also arriving in the fall is Toronto-based Vérité Films’ Jeremy and Jazzy, a series of animated musical shorts (27 x two minutes) about creating songs and stories. The project stars Canadian musicians Jeremy Fisher and Aiza Ntibarikure, and celebrity musical guests are being lined up to make guest appearances in the core episodes and an 11-minute special that’s also in the works.