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Shows For Youngsters And Their Parents Too

Baryshnikov imports many tales from afar; 'Dexter's' writer is head of his class; 'Recess' breaks for mystery

April 26, 1998|LEE HARRIS | TIMES WRITER WRITER

Actress Jane Seymour and her husband, actor James Keach, are among the entertainers and conservationists who explore the new Disney theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on "Disney's Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure," on "The Wonderful World of Disney" (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). Musical guests include Ladysmith Black Mambazo and George Clinton. The program features more than 1,000 live animals and many inanimate ones, including dinosaurs. For the family.

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World-renowned dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is the force behind "Stories From My Childhood," an anthology of animated fairy tales from writers like Hans Christian Andersen and Alexei Tolstoy (KCET, Monday at 2 p.m.). The series will run for 10 weekdays, starting with "Beauty and the Beast," with the voices of Amy Irving, Tim Curry and Robert Loggia. Featured are restored films that were originally produced in Russia between 1936 and 1991. Baryshnikov was instrumental in gathering talent, which included Jim Belushi, Bobcat Goldthwaite and Gregory Hines, to lend their voices to the redubbed films. For ages 5 to 10.

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There is something very unusual about the 50th episode of "Dexter's Laboratory" (Cartoon Network, Wednesday at 8 p.m.). Entitled "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark," it was written by Tyler Samuel Lee, a second-grader from Long Island, N.Y. Lee's mother encouraged him to submit an audiotape of a story idea and, as they say, "the rest is history." Lee's voice can be heard throughout the seven-minute cartoon. For ages 5 to 11.

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When you were a kid, did you ever wonder what went on behind closed doors in the teacher's lounge? T.J. and his fourth-grade gang sneak inside the room in an attempt to unravel the mystery on an episode of "Recess" (ABC, Saturday at 7:30 a.m.). They find out that the lounge is not like they had imagined. For ages 8 to 12.

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Weatherman Al Roker makes an animated cameo appearance as himself on a two-part episode of Superman (WB, Saturday at 8:30 a.m.). Roker predicts good weather but the Man of Steel faces a stormy situation when he comes up against a powerful and destructive group of teens. For ages 7 to 11.

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