December 29, 2011 2:20:48 am
Film personalities such as Shabana Azmi,Omi Vaidya and Suhasini Ratnam are all set to enter the world of Disney. This holiday season,the Disney channel has launched two brand new series: A Poem Is… with Shabana Azmi and Suhasini Ratnam,and Tasty Time with Chef ZeFronk (voice-over by Omi Vaidya). Narrated by actor-poetry enthusiast Shabana Azmi in Hindi and actor-director Suhasini Ratnam in Tamil and Telugu, A Poem Is… is a short-form animated series featuring children poems set against scenes from classic Disney films such as Dumbo,Bambi and Lady and the Tramp.
The series is designed to introduce young children to the beauty of a poem. Featured poems include works by Robert Louis Stevenson,John Howard Payne,A A Milne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,among others. These days,children know poetry only when it comes to academics in school. This series is about making poetry interesting for them, says Ratnam. According to Azmi,children respond well to reading and writing poetry as it fuels their imagination. Some of the poems are going to be sentimental and sweet,the kind that will warm a moms heart,while some of them will be silly and funny to make kids giggle and laugh, says Azmi. Disney Junior channel,meant for two to seven-year-olds,will feature a series of five-minute long shorts,Tasty Time with ZeFronk,in which Vaidya will lend his voice to Chef ZeFronk,who hosts a fun-filled cooking show for kids from his doghouse,along with his assistant a songbird named Sue.
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