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'Hunchback' hits Disney; diversity fits 'Puzzle'; truths about teen drinking; the 'Addams Family' regroups

SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO

October 18, 1998|LEE HARRIS | TIMES STAFF WRITER

In Casper: A Spirited Beginning (Fox Family Channel, Sunday at 8 p.m.), the friendly ghost is adopted by a trio of ghosts after he saves an old mansion from destruction and brings a boy close to his emotionally distant father. For ages 2 to 12.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the animated theatrical hit based on Victor Hugo's novel, premieres on "The Wonderful World of Disney" (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). Tom Hulce is the voice of Quasimodo, the reclusive bell-ringer, and Demi Moore is the voice of the beautiful Gypsy dancer named Esmeralda who rescues him from an angry mob. For the family.

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Nuzzle and Sizzle learn about diversity when new episodes begin on The Puzzle Place (KCET, Monday at 12:30 p.m.). The pair conclude that a family--no matter what it looks like--is where you live and where people care and love you. \o7 For ages 5 and up.\f7

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In The Truth About Drinking (KCOP, Monday at 5 p.m.), real teens are used to explore the brutal and devastating effects alcohol can have on lives. In one segment, a girl and a boy visit a morgue, where they examine the livers of two drunk driving victims. In another, teens visit a young man in prison for manslaughter who was driving drunk when his car crashed, killing his two passengers. \o7 For ages 13 and up.\f7

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The New Addams Family (Fox Family Channel, Monday at 7:30 p.m.) is an updated version of the popular 1960s series. In the premiere, robbers get more than they asked for when they try to steal from the family on Halloween night. Jerry Van Dyke guest stars. The show will run weekdays at 7:30 p.m. \o7 For ages 6 and up.\f7

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The world's top crime-solving canine is featured in a mysterious marathon that promises 25 hours of programming in a 24-hour period, on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (Cartoon Network, Saturday at 12 p.m.). \o7 For ages 5 and up.\f7

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It's time for the Hazelnut Middle School's science fair, and Pepper Ann is determined to beat Alice Kane and win the grand prize on Pepper Ann during "Disney's One Saturday Morning" (ABC, Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.). \o7 For ages 8 to 12.\f7

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