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      11.08.2010 05:13
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      Dear Sir, Madam,
      I am writing to give my emotion about your channel, Disney Channel. I am a fan of your channel, I watch it every day. This channel is not only a very useful means of learning English because the actors' pronunciation is clear but it is good for my imagination and relaxation also. I always watch this TV with my son who is only 3 years old and he loves enjoying cartoon movies.
      Everything seems to be perfect except one thing that makes me feel a little disappointed. I am Vietnamese and I certainly know what Vietnamese look like. There for I feel sad and disappointed when your channel uses another people from other countries and you say that are Vietnamese. The first thing in my mind when I see it if I am foreigner is that may be Vietnamese can not speak English so you have to choose people from other countries. And the second thing is that you perhaps think that no body knows the different between Vietnamese and other ethnics. There for I feel that you do not respect your customers enough when you do that.
      You know, Vietnam is not a speaking English country but I believe that our ability in English is not bad. There are many people can speak English very well. And we are very happy when we have opportunity to introduce our country to the whole world. Please consider this.
      Thanks for your time.
      Best regards,

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        07.08.2010 23:37

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        I am 15 years old, and some people may think that I shouldn't watch Disney channel at this age. I really love Disney channel. The shows are very good. My favourite would be Lizzie McGuire. It isn't on any more as much because there are so many new shows but they too are very good. The only down side would be the advertisements. The breaks in between shows are very short but every break has the same advertisement. It is VERY annoying because I watch it quite a lot and it is exactly the same adverts every time. That would be the only down side though. Overall very good channel.

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        07.09.2009 15:42
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        Not just for kids

        I feel that at 20 years old, I should be ashamed about saying this, but the Disney Channel lately has been one of my favourite channels to watch. For some reason I thought it was full of bad cartoons and would be boring. However, after skipping through the channels one day, I came across this channel and started to quite enjoy it.
        Disney really knows how to entertain people and has some really fab shows on there that I love watching despite my age... Hey Disney is for all the family right?? My favourite shows lately are; the suite life of Zack and Cody (Basically a story about twins who happen to live in a posh hotel and get into all sorts of trouble), The Wizards of Waverly place (A programme about a family of wizards who attend a normal high school) and of course the most popular with all the kids... Hannah Montana, (about a normal girl who is secretly a pop star).
        I am not sure what it is about these programmes that I like so much, maybe because they are very entertaining, and as a rule, I like funny programmes the most. Or maybe I missed out watching this in my childhood and am making up for it now? Who knows?

        Disney also hosts a few more channels such as Disney +1 which is exactly the same but an hour later which is good if you miss a programme. Disney XD, which is a new channel and playhouse Disney which I think is for younger children.

        I am not sure about SKY, but on Virgin Media, Disney channel is on 724 and runs from very early in the morning till midnight. I'd recommend this for children, teens and those adults who want to relive their youth.

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        22.07.2009 15:27
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        A great channel for kid and young teenagers

        No doubt Disney no what they are doing when it comes to entertaining children and the Disney channel does not fail to deliver. It's programs are targeted towards children to young teenagers but that doesn't mean that older audiences would enjoy watching some of the shows.

        They show a number of different shows on here including Hannah Montana, The Suite life of Zack and Cody, Phineas and Pherb, Sonny with a Chance and many many more. Usually they only show the popular shows during prime time and the rest of the time there are old classics like Recess which are good for a reminiscing session. The channel is also known to show Disney original films like the infamous High School Musical and Camp Rock. They are all really innocent but entertaining shows and no doubt keep your children entertained for hours.

        Another great thing i love about the Disney channel is that there are no adverts!! They show one or two of their own adverts between shows but that's it! It's great because you don't have to wait around wasting your time. The shows are great fun, they're light hearted and are usually have an element of comedy to them.

        The Disney channel has made some big stars such as Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers and you can watch their shows on there. Although they do like to replay a lot of old episodes but which channel doesn't. But they also release new episodes as they are made and there's really no harm watching some of the shows all over again as they grow on you and you find yourself being entertained by the exaggerated acting and predictable plots regardless of your age.

        You really have to commend some of the child actors and actresses as they do a great job. Especially Miley Cyrus she's fully convincing in her role and is confident at what she does. Like most channels there are also show that obviously there to fill in the time and you find yourself asking how such shows get any air time at all. As the bell rings is an example of this. Both the British and American versions are terrible the primary school level jokes are terrible and totally not funny. They're almost cringe worthy and the acting is so forced and fake but i guess you get a laugh watching them attempt to be funny. If you watch it during the evening and weekends then you're bound to come across a show that will take to you liking and you find yourself happily watching it with your children.

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          03.07.2009 10:06
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          One of the better children's channels to let your children enjoy.

          The Disney Channel has a lot to answer for! Whilst undoubtedly providing a great source of entertainment for young children and early teenagers, it has also inflicted the likes of Hannah Montanna, the Jonas Brothers and the wretched High School Musical upon us over the years. I see the channel as a very clever organisation that can occasionally produce some great television.

          The Disney Channel of course is a cable television network that is massive in the United States but can also be found here in the UK on Sky Digital or Virgin Media.

          It is a division of the Walt Disney company who have brought us some of the greatest films of all time and as of such it used to house a lot of animated shows based on those very movies like 101 Dalmations, Hercules, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, before they were shipped off to a separate Toon Disney channel and all the 'real life' shows took over. However original animated series like Kim Possible and The Replacements do get valuable screen time on the main station. There's also the +1 service which allows you to view the channel an hour later and Playhouse Disney which specialises in programming geared at a younger audience.

          I witnessed this transition of the Disney Channel as a kid and though I do feel the quality of the shows have improved over the years, it's a horror for repeating the same episodes over and over again and seems to have a very limited show list and a lot of the actors seem to pop up everywhere. It's like they've sold their soul to Hades or something to be contracted to Disney forever!

          I've noticed that a lot of the shows seem to be firmly fixated on the impressionable teenage girl audience. Whilst it is a good idea to have strong and positive role models for this group such as Hannah Montannah, it is a bit sexist as there's really not a lot of shows that would appeal to a male audience. The Disney Channel seems to be a lot about looks and will always cast the best looking youngsters in their roles in order to gain more viewers. It's a very clever idea. That said when you actually sit down and watch some of the shows, they are mildly entertaining, even from an adult perspective and it's easy to see why they are so popular with their target audience. As well as Hannah Montannah [come on as if nobody in that show knows it's not Miley Cyrus with a blonde wig!], there are also classics like That's So Raven. I have to say that this is a truly brilliant show and I could watch it over and over again. It is by far the most creative and hilarious show that the channel has ever produced and has spawned it's own spin off series which is currently airing - Cory In The House. There's also The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, which has since spawned a spin off The Suite Life on Deck, a new show starting this year featuring the Jonas Brothers and The Wizards of Waverly Place

          Out of all the main children's channels on offer in the UK, I'd say that Disney have hit the nail on the head. They know how to reel in the viewers and they know what kids and teenagers want to watch. With a vibrant and interesting batch of shows and a truckload of up and rising stars, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with and have definitely pushed out the likes of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon since I was growing up. The schedule could do with a few more inclusions and not rely as heavily on repeats but it will keep kids and teenagers entertained for hours with the realistic situations the characters face and the messages that are underlined in each show, even if some of them do come across as being initially unrealistic. Whilst, I find some of the shows to be repetitive and just a waste of time, there are some hidden gems that I will honestly say I still enjoy watching to this day so Disney must be doing something right. Check it out now on Sky or Virgin Media.

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            07.05.2009 17:29

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            a great tv channel for kids

            The Disney Channel is a channel that has been around for years. My daughter watches it now all the time and i can remember watching it when i was a little girl-teenager. It is always on in our house and definitely keeps my daughter entertained. It was good when i was a child with shows like Boy Meets World and Teen Angel and Smart Guy and now it is still producing great shows for all children such as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. It offers a wide range of comdey shows and also shows programmes for theyounger children such as Mickey Mouse's Playhouse and Winnie the Pooh. It also has a plus one channel so if you have missed something you can catch it an hour later. There is also Disney Cinemagic which shows great Disney films.
            Another good thing about the Disney Channel is that it produces great family entertainment films such as High School Musical and Camp Rock. My daughter could happily watch it all day long andi find some of the shows quite entertaining also.
            It does however repeat alotof its shows over and over again so youmay end up watching the same episode a few times. Some shows verge on the ridiculous but then that is what kids like...silly humour and the Disney Channel delivers good shows.

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            05.05.2009 01:35
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            In my opinion the best kids TV channel!

            The Disney Channel is an extremelly long running TV channel, and probably one of the longest running childrens TV channels. Disney Channel was first launched on the 18th April 1983, and on March 19th 2008, the channel went into HD. The headquarters is in Burbank California in the USA, and is shown in around 72 countries.

            In the UK, the DisneyChannel is shown on Satellite and Cable (i.e. Sky, BT vision, Virgin), but is not shown on the freeview channels.

            The Disney Channel used to be renowned for young kids, but in recent years with programmes like Hannah Montana and films like Camp Rock and High School Musical, the age range of the Disney Channel has gone from just youngsters up to teenagers, and even older!

            Todays Disney Channel shows programmes like Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cory in the House, Sonny with a chance and Wizards of Waverly Place. As well as some of the original programmes like Lizzie McGuire and Fillmore later at night.

            As well as the programmes, Disney Channel has also started playing "Disney Channel Original Movies", which have proven exceptionally popular. These started growing in popularity with High School Musical 1&2, since then there has been the films Jump In, Camp Rock, Dadnapped, Minutemen, Cow Belles and the new Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Programme, with Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

            As well as the TV programmes made famous by the DisneyChannel, many of the stars of the shows are also becomming famous for their music.

            Hillary Duff from Lizzie McGuire, Miley Cyrus from Hannah Montana, Demi Lovato from Camp Rock, Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place, The Jonas Brothers from Camp Rock, Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical, and the list keeps on growing...!

            The Disney Channel runs from 6am til Midnight with "Disney Channel Previews" inbetween when there are no shows been broadcast.

            Some of the shows on the Disney Channel do seem to be "fillers", like Phineas and Ferb which are 10 minute long shows inbetween the longer, more popular shows, but kids seem to enjoy them, and its better than adverts!

            Adverts are one thing the Disney Channel doesn't do- there are never adverts advertising products like toys etc, only like on channels like BBC which advertise new programmes and specials etc. This is good cause it means that breaks in programmes are only 30 seconds -1 minute long.

            The Disney Channel has some fun shows on it, its very teenage-y orientated, and when the programmes are repeated around 3 times a day, when you've someone in your household who has it on ALL day, you do get bored of hearing the same shows over and over again! But from 3-6pm its mainly new shows! :)

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              08.02.2009 21:54
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              Disney Channel is a channel that shows old and new shows that have been created by the Disney Team.

              Programmes begin at around 6am and finish at night around 12, after this time there are advertisements for Disney programmes shown to fill the time until the next days shows begin.

              There are other channels that are also related to the Disney Channel including:
              Disney Channel +1 which is a channel that shows everything on the Original Disney Channel an hour later.

              Disney Cinemagic which is a channel that shows all different movies old and new from the Disney team showing anything from High School music to Toy Story.

              Playhouse Disney which is a channel dedicated to the little ones playing young childrens programmes such as Mickey Mouses Playhouse and Little Einesteins.

              The ABC channel on sky is also related to the Disney Channel which shows more adult family based programmes.

              Disney Channel airs TV shows that are aimed at a younger audience though some times I am not ashamed to admit that I even find their shows entertaining. There is a range of cartoons such as Recess, Kim Possible and many more and they also air different programmes such as Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Camp Rock and many more.

              I think that the Disney Channel is a great channel to watch on TV and is a great channel for kids as there very few commercial breaks on it (only ones for the Disney Channel) and there is some great shows that are suitable for all ages no matter what time of the day it is.

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              08.02.2009 18:53
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              fun fun fun!!!

              The disney channel is one of my daughters favourites and is put on at least once a day in our house so thought I should share with you how great I think the channel is.

              Disney channel has 3 channels to watch nowadays disney channel which is for a wider range of children is on sky 609, play disney which is more for the younger ones as it has more cartoons is on sky 611 and disney cinema which has films is on sky 622.

              The programmes start at 6am and are repeated through the day as with all sky programmes and on until 11.35pm.

              My daughter favourite programme is Phineas and Ferb which is cartoon type about two brothers who invent things to do each day much to the annoyance of their sister Candace who tries to foil their plans but never manages it, also Perry the platypus is in it as a secret agent! My daughter is glued to the tv whenever this is on.

              Some of the other programmes you can expect to find on disney is Hannah Montana, wizards of waverly place, the suite life of Zach and Cody, thats so Raven, Kim possible, the replacements an many, many more.

              The disney cinema channel also has some great films on and in actual fact my daughter is at the moment watching Mr magorium's wonder emporium then Mary Poppins is on afterwards, so we are in for a fun filled sunday afternoon!!

              I always find all the disney channels to have good quality programmes on to watch and it is a channel you can trust, I can quite happily get on with my housework and let my daughter watch this knowing she is not going to watch anything she shouldn't as she is only 4. Another thing I like is that there is a varied choice with disney and unlike sky they do not have too many repeats on.

              All round the wonderfull disney name has some great channels and programmes for us all to watch and enjoy, with some great old classics to the fun and new versions too.

              I highly recommend all the disney channels to all ages.

              It still holds the magic.

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                10.11.2008 18:06
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                You will usually find something to watch on disney channel, and it is likely to get you laughing.

                Disney Channel is a kids channel available on Sky and possibly Virgin Media (i can't be certain about that).
                Disney channel consists of a bunch of disney shows. There are not loads of shows, but the stuff they do have is usually good.
                Their main shows at the minute are The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Hannah Montana, Cory in the House, That's So Raven, Phineas and Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place and a few more. These are all comedies and all original to Disney Channel. Most of the shows are about 20 minutes long. There are then some older shows which are not shown on Disney Channel as often, shows like Phil of the Future, Lizzy McGuire and American Dragon.
                I can't take for anyone else, but i love all these shows. OK not every episode is good but overall they are usually a good laugh and you can just sit down and enjoy them.
                I won't talk about each show as i would be writing a full blown essay if i did that.
                As well as the normal shows, every so often, they will show DCOMs (Disney Channel Original Movies). These are movies made for the channel and not for the cinema. Movies like High School Musical 1 and 2, Camp Rock, Twitches and Twitches Too. These sorts of films are often shown on Friday evening and during the weekend but every so often they will have special events such as during halloween and christmas where the channel will change from its original schedule and show special episodes of shows and films.

                Now this is just Disney Channel itself. Disney channel actually has another two channels, Disney Cinemagic and Playhouse Disney. Disney Cinemagic is a channel for more mainstream movies or original disney films like Bambi and Lion King. Also on the channel are other disney shows, animated shows like Recess.

                Playhouse Disney is for the young ones to enjoy. Shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins.

                All three of these channels runs most of the day. The shut down at midnight and start up again at 6am.

                I don't watch Playhouse disney, but i often watch Disney Channel and sometimes Cinemagic and they are both good channels. But what makes them even better is there are no adverts. None whatsoever. Of course disney have their own adverts for shows but they get money from the sky subscription you pay.

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                  30.10.2008 22:05
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                  an excellent channel for all young viewers

                  Playhouse Disney is part of the Disney channel family, but is aimed at younger viewers. This channel is on constantly in my house as my youngest son totally loves it and the saddest part is i know all the words to all the songs. All the programmes are full of fun and bright colours and are very educational to. So time to get to the programmes.

                  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
                  Mickey and his friends go around helping others and solving problems with the help of toodles, a mickey mouse shape head computer. The children can interact with this programme by answering questions and helping to work things out.

                  Handy Manny
                  Handy Manny is an all rounder handy man. He always helps everyone out and no job is too big or small. He has the help of his talking tools who are Dusty the saw, Felipe the screwdriver, Pat the hammer, Rusty the wrench, Squeeze, a pair of pliers, stretch the tape measure and Turner another screwdriver.There is lots of singing and dancing and plenty of other characters to meet.Spanish is used throughout the programme along with the meanings in english.

                  My Friends Tigger and Pooh
                  Winnie the Pooh and Tigger star in this brightly, updated programme, along with old friends such as Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit. They are also joined by new friends Darby and Buster the dog, these replace Poohs old friend Christopher Robin although he does make a few appearances in the show. Pooh, Tigger, Darby and Buster all make up the Super Sleuths they are there to help everytime somebody is in trouble or have problems to solve.

                  Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs
                  As the title says Harry has A bucket full of dinosaurs. Whenever they want to go on an adventure, Harry jumps into his bucket after his dinosaurs and they all go off to dino world. Here they have lots of fun exploring dino world and doing lots of things to help other dinosaurs and creatures who live there.

                  Johnny and the Sprites
                  Johnny moved to a house in the woods for peace and tranquility. Hes a musician so he was looking forward to working on his music and writing new songs with no disturbances. He soon discovers that in his garden there is a whole new world for him to discover. He makes friends with the sprites and fuzzies who live in grotto grove, a hidden place in the garden. It all leads on to lots of fun singing and dancing.

                  Little Einsteins
                  June, Quincy, Annie and Leo are a group of friends who go off on missions together, flying around in Rocket. They incorporate music and art in each programme.They fly around in Rocket solving problems and piecing mysteries together.

                  Frannys Feet
                  Franny is a little girl who helps her grandad in his shop fixing shoes. She has a very vivid imagination. She helps her grandad by taking the broken shoes to the fix it box but before she puts them in the box she trys them on. She is then taken to wherever the shoes would fit in, for example if she tried on flip flops she would end up at the beach and if she had hiking boots on she would be on a mountain. She then help solve arguments and always tries to find a solution to peoples problems. She then goes back off home and discovers some kind of treasure inside the shoes she has on as a reminder of where she has been.

                  There are other shows on this channel but these are the main ones that we watch, other programmes include-
                  Stanley, Bear in the Big Blue House, Animal Mechanicals, doodlebops, Bunny town, My Friend Rabbit and Imagination Movers.

                  Playhouse Disney is on channel 611 on sky and starts at 6.00am it runs right through until midnight. There is Playhouse Disney + on sky channel 612 and this starts 25 minutes later and runs 25 minutes throughout the day.

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                  29.10.2008 21:39
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                  A great line up of disney programmes and films for children that they will enjoy.

                  My children often watch this channel in our house. It has tradional disney cartoons on, new and old disney films on at least one a day amongst other disney shows.

                  Some of the programmes that they air are the most popular with young girls such as high school musical, hannah montana and other programmes are the suite life of zach and cody. These are what are most popular what my older children seems fixed on. I must admit i don't mind sitting with them to watch these programmes too.

                  They do show more tradional disney films such as cinderella, basil the great mouse detective and many many more. They used to show tradional disney cartoons but to my disappointment they stopped showing these. As i used to love watching them while i was younger.

                  On sky tv though they have disney cinemagic which is total disney films, playhouse disney which is programmes more suited to pre school children and they air programmes such as bear in the big blue house, harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs, higglytown heros, little einsteins and many more.

                  I do love this channel though at christmas time as each evening you can guarantee a christmas disney movie which the whole family loves to watch.

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                  Plenty of good educational shows

                  Today I will be reviewing the playhouse Disney channel just basically because it is never off in my house and my little girl adores it. Playhouse Disney is definitely for the younger of children but there is also a normal Disney channel available for the bigger kids.

                  Unfortunately playhouse Disney is not a free view channel but you will usually have access to it if you have sky or cable television. I am currently with sky and they do have very generous offers available for example if you have children you can add all of the extra children's channels at a reasonable price.

                  Anyway back to playhouse Disney as I said before it is never off in my house. Some talk over the last year has indicated that television can be harmful to children if they watch it too much, but I have been more than impressed with playhouse Disney. The cartoons are very educational as well as fun for children. My daughter is 2 ½ and I love watching her sing and count along with the Disney friends.

                  Here is an insight of the cartoons available on playhouse Disney at the moment.



                  Mickey mouse clubhouse:

                  Mickey Mouse has to be the most famous cartoon on playhouse Disney. Children can join in the fun with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Mickey has been going for so many years now and the cartoon graphics and quality have obviously changed so much. Mickey mouse clubhouse always gets the children involved by counting along and singing with the characters. Children can also get an understanding of tools that can be used in conjunction with each other or tools required to complete a certain job. Children can get up and join in with the hot dog dance at the end of each episode.


                  Overall Mickey and friends gets a thumbs up from me


                  My friends tigger and pooh:

                  Join in all the fun with Derby, Tigger, Pooh, Rabbit, Roo and buster as well as many other characters in this show from Disney. Winnie the Pooh is a well loved honey loving character, I can remember going back years you would see winnie on his adventures with Christopher Robin and now he has found a new friend and companion in Derby. In this cartoon Derby, Winnie and tigger are the super sleuths who solve the mysteries of the 100-acre wood.

                  Overall another great cartoon.




                  Handy Manny:

                  I must admit this isn't one of my daughter's favourite shows, which is actually a shame as it is quite educational. In this cartoon we see Handy Manny and his talking tools Dusty the saw, Felipe the screwdriver, Pat the hammer, Rusty the wrench, Squeeze the pliers, Stretch the tape measure and turner who is a flat headed screwdriver. Manny is always there to help with repairs around the town and is well loved by the other residents. You will see him often visiting kally in the hardware store where he gets supplies to do his work. Manny is Spanish and although he speaks most of the cartoon in English he and his tools do use Spanish phases and advise what they mean in English.

                  Overall a good cartoon.




                  Little Einstein's:

                  This has to be the most educational cartoon on playhouse Disney, we join June, Quincy, Leo and Annie on their adventures round the world where they can see everything from pyramids and the great sphinx. The little Einstein's make their travels in Rocket, which is basically their spaceship. Music from composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonin Dvorak. Children are encouraged to recognise items and stories that took place many years ago aswell as associating with classical music.

                  Overall great learning show, children can sing along and use hand movements and claps to copy the little Einseins.





                  Franny's Feet:


                  Franny is a little girl who hangs around with her Grampa in his shoe shop. Customers will bring their old broken shoes in to be fixed. Once Franny puts on the various shoes she is whisked away into adventures all over the world where she will experience different ways and means of living. Children can get an understanding of how others live in the snowier colder regions.

                  Overall this show is ok and Franny is rather pleasant, not annoying like some of the other cartoons.



                  Higglytown heroes:

                  To me you can't find a show more annoying than this one but it's for children at the end of the day and not myself. In this show we can see the characters joining in with parades and competitions, they express ideas to the rest of the group especially Twinkle who has a very vivid imagination. The guys in Higglytown give children an insight into peoples jobs and how they do them, they class all workers as heroes and advise children that whatever job an adult does they are a hero to somebody.

                  Overall I like the concept of having children appreciate everybody but the singing and the dancing on can be a tad annoying from an adult prospective.



                  Bear in the big blue house:

                  In this cartoon we can listen along as bear talks with us we are introduced to his friends Tutter, Luna the Talking and signing moon, Treelo, Ojo and Pip and Pop. You can also see Shadow she is another friend of bears and she is indeed a talking shadow which in my opinion is a bit creepy.


                  Bear is ok but he does more talking that actually getting the children involved.




                  There are a few other shows available on playhouse Disney:

                  Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs
                  Imagination movers
                  Bunnytown
                  Johnny and the sprites
                  JOJO circus
                  OOH and AAH
                  Stanley
                  Five minutes more
                  Happy monster band

                  I am sorry that I cannot review or give my opinion on the above as I have not seen enough of them to comment.

                  Playhouse Disney also has a plus channel too so if you miss something you can catch it on the plus side 30 minutes later.

                  You can view playhouse Disney all day too sometimes you will get a repeat through the day but genuinely the episodes will be new so you don't feel like you are watching the same thing day in and day out. Children don't mind this but it drives us adults mad.


                  If your children are big fans of the Disney characters then this channel is definitely worth investing in but be warned once they start enjoying the programmes you will find yourself in the Disney store buying all the available merchandise and believe me its not cheap.

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                    Its a children's heaven

                    The Dsiney channel is perfect for kids and adults. There are films on almost every day from the classics like Cinderella or Snow white to new releases from the world of disney like the fab high school musical, these are mixed in with lots of fantastic kids dramas like the suite life of zak and codey, hannah montana and lizzy mcguire. The there are fantastic cartoons which can be watched over and over again, like Recess. This channel is ideal for the whole family.

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                    I was introduced to Playhouse Disney about 2 years ago now. Surprisingly however it wasn?t the birth of my little bundle of joy that helped me discover it. It was in fact my younger sister who is soon approaching her twenty- first birthday! She watched it primarily for Bear in the big blue house and when we were over at my mums visiting Sarah would leave Playhouse Disney on for Bethanny. Mind you Bethanny would be asleep and Aunty Sarah would still be watching Bear! When we got cable TV we took the full package which included all the Disney channels. If you have a package with all the movie channels you get all the Disney channels for free, otherwise you can add them at a monthly fee. With NTL that fee is £5. Playhouse Disney is aimed at Pre-school children, though I think that it would be suitable for children up to around 6 or 7 years of age. Between the actual programmes Big Dave(who always wears a blue shirt and red trousers) and little Alex (who wears a pink t-shirt with an orange flower on it and blue trousers) talk directly to whoever is watching, they also sing songs, make craft items, play pretend games etc. Pretty bog standard children?s TV presenter stuff! The viewing on Playhouse Disney is split into ?days? I think there are about 3 or 4 of these in every real day. Each one has a theme like poorly day, work day, shape day, number day, travelling day and many more. The programmes tend to follow this theme however loosely! Playhouse Disney runs from around 7am right up until about 10pm,so almost any time of day when you need a break Big Dave and Little Alex are ready to take over! The ?days? are set in a big brightly coloured house, the presenters use all the different rooms to introduce different programmes. Uncle Charlie and Aunty Rosie (two pictures that move and talk) reside in the attic and they go through children's birthday cards and pictures. Dav
                    e and Alex don?t know that Charlie and Rosie move and this great secret is wonderful for children who always like to know they?ve got one up on the adults! The great thing about Playhouse Disney is the sheer variety in programmes. Here are a few of Bethannys favourites. Bear in the big blue house. Bear is one of my favourites too! A big friendly orange bear lives in a big blue house(I bet that surprised you!) and has lots of young friends like Tutter the blue mouse, Ojo the little bear and Treelo the brightly coloured lemur. They all have many adventures and learn all about the world. There are some great jokes for the adults to keep us entertained too. Art Play A couple of presenters do this programme but usually it is the blonde haired and bubbly Sara-Louise. She makes lots of different Disney related craft projects like a Simba the lion mask, Winnie the Poohs honey pot, Cinderella?s castle and many others. This is aimed at older children I think but the other children helpers that are on this programme fascinate my little girl. Stanley I love Stanley! It is a cartoon about a young boy who loves animals! He has a pet goldfish and a cat and dog as well and they go on many animal associated adventures using ?the great big book of everything? Circle Time ?That reminds me of a story!? Jason presents this story based programme, it drives me bonkers but again Beth is fascinated by the children who sit round and listen to Jason?s story, each one has a moral behind it. 64 Zoo Lane This is a cartoon about a little girl who lives next to a Zoo. Every night she slides down the giraffe?s neck and goes and plays with the animals in the Zoo. They tell lots of stories from when they were in the wild! A very cute programme! Out of the box. This programme drives me batty, it?s very sugary swe
                    et and quintessentially American. Tony and Vivian have a play house in their garden, made out of boxes(hence the name) and each day different local kids come into the box and sing and dance and put on shows as well as making crafts and dressing up. I like this programme idea, I just don?t like the way it is so fake, the children obviously have lines and it is all a little too manufactured for my liking. However Beth loves it and will often sit through a whole episode completely enthralled. Bite Size Is a cookery programme with Mitzy (an oven glove puppet) and one of several ?chef?s? usually however it is Big Dave. They create a variety of child friendly dishes, savoury and sweet and teach about the importance of hygiene in the kitchen. There is lots of singing and dancing and humour. It is an interesting programme to watch and I think I will create some of the ideas when Beth is a bit older and will appreciate them more! Classic ?Toon This basically is a good old-fashioned Disney cartoon, often with Donald duck or goofy as the star. There are other programmes like Sing me a story with Belle (loosely based around the Beauty and the Beast character, Jasper (a cartoon penguin) and Paws but we very rarely watch these. Playhouse Disney is Entertaining, educational and not too mined numbingly boring if you?re an adult having to watch it! The same format is used over and over again because children love routine but it can get a bit tiring after the 100th time of listening or watching! Of course playhouse Disney have a website: www.playhousedisney.co.uk It isn?t that brilliant, it gives some info about each programme and there are online games to play and craft ideas and an art gallery of children?s art but really there isn?t a lot on it and it?s not particularly child friendly in my mind. It is worth a look but I don?t think it would be a site you?d be b
                    ook marking! Bethanny Gives Playhouse Disney 4 stars, purely because there aren?t enough episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House shown and that they showed her birthday card a week late! However she was impressed because they got Bear in to read it out for her! I agree with her 4 star assessment, I?d give them another one if they got rid of some of the annoying programmes and made their website a bit more exciting!

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