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On Saturday The Kids Watch Tv

September 01, 1991|Lynne Heffley

Here's a look at children's programming, new and returning, on Saturday mornings.


Saturday, 7-7:30 a.m.: "Riders in the Sky." Hey, little pardner, it's a rootin' tootin' Western, with live action, animation, clay animation and puppetry. Starring Ranger Doug, Too Slim and Woody Paul, three real-life singing cowboys "with a hip '90s attitude." They live on Harmony Ranch with the Wyatt Burp family, an Indian princess and the Saddle Pals--real kids who serve as the cowboys' sidekicks. A Howdy Doody for the '90s? Premieres Sept. 14. NEW.

Saturday, 7:30-8 a.m.: "Mother Goose and Grimm." From the syndicated comic strip created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters. Main characters: Grimmy the uncouth canine--toilet water is his drink of choice--and Mother Goose, not your typical nursery rhyme nanny. Most notable features: Bulbous noses, stunned expressions. Premieres Sept. 14. NEW.

Saturday, 8-9 a.m.: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Gnarly, dude: More adventures with those pizza-eating heroes in a half shell--Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Leonardo. Season premiere Sept. 14.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday September 13, 1991 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 5 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Cartoon voices-- David Kaufman and Dan Castellaneta are the voices of Marty and Doc in the new CBS Saturday morning cartoon series "Back to the Future." Incorrect information supplied by CBS was included in a TV Times article on Saturday morning cartoons on Sept. 1.

Saturday, 9-10 a.m.: "Garfield and Friends." Garfield the feline glutton, sluggard and king of the put-downs: He's a beast, but girls think he's the cat's meow. Garfield, created by cartoonist Jim Davis, shares the spotlight with a four-minute segment of Davis' farmyard "U.S. Acres" comic strip. Season premiere Sept. 14.

Saturday, 10-10:30 a.m.: "Back to the Future." Marty and Doc go time-tripping in this new series supervised by the film's creative trio: Steven Spielberg, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Yes, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd vocally reprise their movie-starring roles, but when Fox is unavailable, a sound-alike fills in. In episode-framing, live-action bits, Lloyd conducts scientific experiments. Premieres Sept. 14. NEW.

Saturday, 10:30-11 a.m.: "Where's Waldo?" From Martin Handford, the creator of those drive-you-crazy, hot-selling children's puzzle books series. Waldo and his dog Woof go adventuring in Handford's detailed, comic landscapes. Each story contains several "Waldo Minutes," an interactive feature that gives the viewer a chance to find Waldo. Premieres Sept. 14. NEW.

Saturday, 11-11:30 a.m.: "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies." New nursery adventures with Baby Miss Piggy, Baby Kermit, Baby Gonzo and other junior versions of the Muppet Family as the Emmy-winning, Jim Henson-inspired series returns. Premieres Sept. 14.

Saturday, 11:30-noon: "CBS Storybreak." Host Bob Keeshan (a.k.a. Captain Kangaroo), introduces animated adaptations of children's books and closes with a CBS/Library of Congress "Read More About It" spot. The half-hour series is in its eighth season of motivating kids to read. Premieres Sept. 14. (may be preempted by baseball).


Saturday, 7-7:30 a.m.: "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh." The animated series based on Disney's versions of A.A. Milne's creations--Pooh bear, Tigger, Piglet, et al--return for a fourth season. Season premiere Saturday.

Saturday, 7:30-8 a.m.: "Land of the Lost." Live-action adventure series about a dad and his son and daughter whose camping trip turns strange: An earthquake plunges them into a strange dimension of dinosaurs, man-eating plants and an alien civilization. Premieres Saturday. NEW.

Saturday, 8-8:30 a.m.: "Darkwing Duck." New from Walt Disney Television Animation, a comedy-adventure series starring an offbeat, wisecracking super-hero and a bunch of oddball evildoers. Premieres Saturday. NEW.

Saturday, 8:30-9 a.m.: "Beetlejuice." Who'd have thought that the ghoulish star of the "Beetlejuice" flick would become a Saturday morning cartoon favorite? The grungy ghost shares the spotlight in the third season of this animated series, with Lydia: seventh-grader, queen of bizarre and role-model (gulp). Season premiere Saturday.

Saturday, 9-9:30 a.m.: "Hammerman." Super-pop star M.C. Hammer hosts and is the subject of this animated, music-driven series, set a few years before the rap master hit the big time. The place: fictional Oaktown, where Stanley Kirk Burrell (Hammer's real-life name) works at a recreation center. A pair of "Magic Dancin' Shoes" transform him into Hammerman, super-hero and crime-fighter. Hey, it could happen. Premieres Saturday. NEW.

Saturday, 9:30-10 a.m.: "The Pirates of Dark Water." Environmentally correct animated fantasy series. The only hope for the kingdom of Octopon on the ravaged planet Mer is a noble young hero named Ren. His quest is to find the Thirteen Treasures of Rule, buried in a reef under the sea. Premieres Saturday. NEW.

Saturday, 10-11 a.m.: "The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show." I tawt I taw a puddy tat . . . the resourceful Tweety Bird and his hapless nemesis Sylvester the Cat, along with wise-cracking Bugs, romp through an hour of animated hi- and low-jinks. Season premiere Saturday.

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