Kung Fu Panda’s Po, Puss in Boots, Toothless and Hiccup, and the wacky King Julien from the Madagascar movie franchise are coming to your living room – and they’re bringing along a whole slew of fun new characters with them. DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and StarHub just announced the new DreamWorks Channel in Singapore.
Here are some cool facts to know about it before it launches on March 3.
1. The DreamWorks Channel is a 24/7 animated channel, which broadcasts TV-series versions of the popular DreamWorks Animations feature films. Spin-offs include DWA’s signature Dragons: Race to the Edge, from the well-loved How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Emmy Award winning All Hail King Julien, based off the Madagascar films, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, and more.
2. No ads! You read that right – as a premium channel, the programme lineup is completely commercial-free. Instead, you’ll enjoy interstitial movie moments – clips of the best scenes from the DreamWorks theatrical films, edited for television by the same team who worked on the movie itself.
3. The channel has a dedicated team over 300 staff working on the tv-series programmes. And they work hand-in-hand with the creative team who make the full-length feature films to ensure that the characters, storylines, environments and more are consistent between the movies and the series. For example, did you know that the DreamWorks Dragons series bridges the two How To Train Your Dragon movies?
4. The channel has a daily preschool block – DreamWorks Junior – dedicated to younger ones aged two to five. While these programmes are not based on the DWA animated movies, they will include brand-new reboots of Postman Pat and Noddy in Toyland, with all-new episodes
5. Dinotrux – DWA’s first original series – stars giant half-dinosaur, half-construction vehicles creatures and was originally planned as a full-length animated feature film. Instead, it’s been adapted into a series for the channel.
6. Watch the channel where you want it, when you want it. Watch snippet and play games on the go with the Watch & Play App – available on both iOS and Android, and watch online at www.dreamworks-asia.com. The website also has cool games to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day.
7. Singapore is the third country in Asia to launch the DreamWorks Channel, following Thailand and Malaysia. The channel broadcast will broadcast in high definition and will offer both English and Mandarin language options. It’s offered as a regular linear channel (StarHub channel 606), an on-demand channel (StarHub channel 607), and on the StarHub Go online streaming service for your phone, tablet or laptop. Heads up – catch a free preview of the channel from its launch until noon on March 20.