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SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO : Lions of Botswana roam TBS; 'Old Yeller' comes home to Disney; in orbit with Nick's 'Space Cases'

February 25, 1996|N.F. MENDOZA | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Now here's a guarantee: Pizza Boy (Sunday, 4 p.m. Cartoon Network) must deliver his pizza in less than five minutes--to the Arctic Circle, no less. It's the week's "World Premiere Toon." For ages 2 and up.

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National Geographic Explorer (Sunday 6 p.m. TBS) takes a look at Botswana's "Lions of Darkness," reports on the ancient craft of creating "Mr. Mummy" and visits the treacherous Ndoki forests in "Ndoki Adventure." Boyd Matsons hosts. For ages 6 and up.

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Classic tear-inducing family fare can be had with Old Yeller (Sunday 7 p.m. Disney Channel). The story of a Texas pioneer family that adopts a mongrel dog who profoundly affects their lives stars Disney cast favorites Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran. The 1957 film is based on a book by Fred Gipson. \o7 For ages 6 and up.\f7

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Lies lead to trouble, as Doug (Tuesday, 7 p.m. Nickelodeon) soon learns in "Doug's a Big Fat Liar." His way of getting out of going to a hoedown with Connie lands him in trouble. Tuesday's other episode, "Doug Wears Tights," finds him signing up for ballet to be near Patti. \o7 For ages 2 and up.\f7

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Discovery offers up "The Real Ben Franklin" on this week's Rediscovering America With David Hartman (Thursday, 10 p.m.), a profile of the man who made many important contributions and created a legacy that affects us today. \o7 For ages 8 and up.\f7

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Nick's premiering Space Cases (Saturday, 9 p.m. Nickelodeon) jets into the future and focuses on the adventures of five kids from different parts of the galaxy who learn to work as a team while facing the dangers of space. Former "Power Ranger" Walter Jones is among the stars, and Mark Hamill and George Takei are signed up as guest stars. \o7 For ages 6 and up.\f7

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