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`Disney's Aladdin,' Daily Series Based on Box Office Bonanza Premieres as `The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show' Brings Off-the-Wall Comedy

to `Monday Mania,' and `Gargoyles' Soars with Suspense and Adventure
 on `Action Friday'
 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Buena Vista Television is undertaking a major expansion of "The Disney Afternoon" for the fall 1994-95 season with the eagerly anticipated premiere of its "Disney's Aladdin" series as well as two new program showcases -- "Monday Mania" and "Action Friday," it was announced today by Bob Jacquemin, president of Buena Vista Television, and Gary Krisel, president, Walt Disney Television Animation.
 "These two new programming elements will expand the comedy and action-adventure genres within our program service," said Krisel, in announcing the unprecedented creative commitment, "and will launch a group of innovative, animated series that promise to push the envelope. Beginning this September, they will increase from four to six the total number of series offered each season -- another big step in fulfilling `The Disney Afternoon's' potential."
 "The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show" is the first series to debut under the "Monday Mania" umbrella, presenting a collection of three irreverent, "laugh-a-second" cartoon shorts in each weekly, half- hour episode; "Gargoyles" is the first dramatic half-hour series launching the "Action Friday" showcase.
 "Once again, Buena Vista Television and Walt Disney Television Animation are poised to impact the kids' market," said Jacquemin in making the announcement. "In 1990, we proved there was a vital, untapped market for quality animated children's programs, driven by captivating characters and rich storytelling. Since then, `The Disney Afternoon' has led the pack each season with the No. 1 series for kids."
 "With these two new creative arenas," Krisel added, "we will present a fast-paced kick-off to start the week on Monday and an exciting, action-adventure-filled half-hour to end the week on Friday."
 Premiering in September 1994 on "The Disney Afternoon" is "Disney's Aladdin" -- a new, 65-episode, Monday-through-Friday series that will capture all the wonder and compelling adventure of the 1992 hit box office theatrical feature. Young viewers will take a daily magic carpet ride to adventure with the brave and resourceful Aladdin, his spirited fiance Jasmine, the ever-popular, ever-metamorphosing Genie of the Lamp, and the obnoxious parrot Iago. Presenting larger-than-life, magical escapades, and a cast of familiar and new characters, "Aladdin" is produced by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove ("Darkwing Duck") and features the voices of Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Dan Castellanetta (Genie), and Gilbert Gottfried (Iago).
 Debuting just prior to Halloween 1994 is Walt Disney Television's first dramatic series -- "Gargoyles," a riveting serial that employs new animation technologies, special effects, and unsurpassed artistry. This saga unfolds each Friday afternoon over an initial 13 episodes, within the half-hour preceding "Disney's Aladdin." Weaving together mystery, drama, and suspense, "Gargoyles" introduces the audience to characters based upon the grotesque, stone sentinels which adorn European castles and cathedrals. In the series, Gargoyles were once powerful creatures who came alive at sunset as the vigilant protectors of a medieval Scottish fortress. Led by the Gargoyle Goliath, these fantastic creatures defeated all attackers until they were betrayed and placed under a sorcerer's spell. Condemned to sleep through night and day for a millenium, the Gargoyles lay frozen in stone over the centuries, undisturbed even when shipped across the ocean and reinstated high atop one of New York's imposing skyscrapers on the whim of a rich, powerful, and corrupt businessman.
 In modern-day Manhattan, no one gives these imposing statues a passing glance ... until the spell is broken. The Gargoyles still sleep, stone statues by day. But when the sun goes down, they awaken -- powerful, majestic heroes of the night, dedicated to protecting New York City from modern-day barbarians. Produced by Frank Paur and with a vocal cast that includes Keith David, Ed Asner, Marina Sirtis, and Bill Fagerbakke, "Gargoyles" promises action-adventure that is equally appealing to girls, boys, and animation buffs.
 Beginning January 1995, buckle your seatbelts for the wildest series ever to hit the small screen when "The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show" unleashes "Monday Mania" on "The Disney Afternoon." A permanent showcase for wacky, off-the-wall, fast-paced, irreverent, contemporary animated laughs, "Monday Mania" features a new generation of comedy shorts within "The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show," beginning with the lead short that pits a proud, mail-order "dog's dog," Meat, against a snootily spoiled house cat, Shnookums. Producers Bill Kopp and Jeff DeGrandis are the masters of comic timing who push this half-hour of hysteria beyond the limits of animated comedy every Monday afternoon preceding "Aladdin."
 "Buena Vista Television's animation has set the creative pace for viewers and helped shape and change the industry's perception of the kids' market and how to market to kids," concluded Jacquemin. "Our shows prove that quality children's programs provide a strong marketing appeal no matter what time they are scheduled. The current slate of new programs we are producing offer an expanded national as well as local promotional opportunities. This all suggests 1994 promises to be just as exciting as the launch of `The Disney Afternoon' in 1990."
 "The Disney Afternoon" is produced by Walt Disney Television Animation for distribution by BVT, which are both subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Co.
 1994-95 Season Roll Out
 Monday Tuesday-Thursday Friday
 3 p.m. "Darkwing Duck"
 3:30 p.m. "Goof Troop"
 4 p.m. Monday Mania "Bonkers" Action Friday
 "The Shnookums "Gargoyles"
 & Meat Funny (Premieres
 Cartoon Show" October 1994)
 January 1995)
 4:30 p.m. "Disney's Aladdin"
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 /CONTACT: Laurel Whitcomb of Buena Vista Television, 818-560-2740/

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