Herschend Entertainment Studios’ new pre-school series Chuggington: Tales from the Rails, will make its debut across the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and Poland via a raft of new broadcasting partners from early 2021.
The series has been picked up by CBeebies, RTE, TF1, Super RTL, and TVP ABC. The European broadcasters will begin airing the series from early next year, following the US launch on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW in June.
“Disney Junior US, CBeebies, RTÉ, TF1, SUPER RTL, and TVP ABC have each entertained children with the fun adventures of Chuggington from the very beginning,” said Natalie Setton, HES’ vice president commercial, content distribution, and licensing.
“The new episodes of Chuggington are as relevant to today’s preschoolers as ever before and we are thrilled to have our long-running broadcasters give the “gold-seal” of approval on our fresh content packed with new themes, humor, and stories, created for an all new audience.”
Chuggington: Tales from the Rails introduces an all-new audience to the three young trainee trains, Wilson, Koko, and Brewster as they ride the rails on new adventures of teamwork, friendship, and fun. The new series digs deep into unique locations and character personalities to explore the dynamic world of Chuggington that’s home to a diverse and playful community of trains known as Chuggers.
European broadcasters will also be supporting the countrywide premieres of Chuggington: Tales from the Rails with the launch of a series of animated/live-action hybrid shorts,Discover Chuggington: All Aboard, featuring real kids who are transported into the fictional 3D world and interact with the characters through activities, adventure, and music.
Licensing agents across the regions will be announced shortly, covering key category offerings and product mix, including publishing, secondary toys, puzzles and games, food and drink, sleepwear and apparel, and bedding.
The new toy line from Alpha Group, the franchise’s global master toy partner, is set to debut at retail in Autumn 2021.