Little Einsteins

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Saturday 19 June, 7pm (encores Sunday 20 June, 2pm)

Before you can say “blast off,” the ‘Little Einsteins’ are zooming through the sky in a new movie that’s jam-packed with action, music, magic and fun. Meet Rocket’s new friend, ‘Firebird’! She sprinkles magical music power everywhere she flies, filling the world with beauty and joy. But when a mean ogre captures Firebird, it’s up to Rocket, Leo, June, Quincy and Annie to travel all the way to Russia to set her free and bring music back to the world.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Waitangi Day, Friday 6 February, 4pm

New Zealand is the destination for Leo, Annie, Quincy and June, in an episode of the hit animated series “Little Einsteins” premiering FRIDAY, 6 FEBRUARY (2:00pm AEDT and 4:00pm NZDT).  An afternoon of five favourite episodes will be presented thereafter (2:30-5:00pm AEDT and 4:30-7:00pm NZDT) on Playhouse Disney.

In the episode entitled “Rocket the Bug,” Rocket constructs a special house to protect three baby bugs in the garden, but a big bad wolf soon blows the house and Rocket to New Zealand.  So the gang ventures after him, finding their way through a forest of Maori sculptures, a trap at Pancake Rocks and all the way to the top of Mt. Cook to recover the bug house in time to protect the bugs from an approaching storm.  In addition to the Maori sculptures, the episode features George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music.”

Designed to encourage preschoolers to learn about the world around them through exploration and discovery, the series introduces viewers to a different place or environment in each episode.  Classical music and famed works of art are highlighted throughout each story, often integrated to encourage viewers to sing or hum the featured symphony or seek a detail within the master work of art to help with the mission.

Developed by The Baby Einstein Company, Playhouse Disney and an acclaimed team of children’s television experts, including Eric Weiner (former executive producer of “Dora the Explorer”), have produced a highly interactive series blends spectacular live-action images of nature, art and landmarks with 2D character animation.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Monday 06 October from 10.00am

This October on Playhouse Disney it’s a “Little Einsteins” mini-marathon all about trains! See Rocket transform into a train to save the day and go for a ride on the Pet Train across France! There’s never a dull moment with “Little Einsteins”!

“Little Einsteins” follows the global adventures of four friends, Leo, Annie, Quincy and June – along with their versatile and protective shuttle, Rocket, who takes them around the world and beyond in a quest to complete their mission while learning about nature, world cultures and enjoyment of the arts along the way.

Episodes in this special:
10:00am – “Go West, Young Train!”
When Big Jet arrives and steals the party supplies, the team and Loco, the littlest train in Train Junction, volunteer to save the party. The team and Loco head into the Wild West on a mission that takes them through snake and scorpion infested tunnels, musical roller-coasters and the Grand Canyon!

10:30am – “Melody the Music Pet”
Choo-choo! All aboard the Pet Train! The Little Einsteins are in France, watching animals board the special train that takes pets to their new homes. All the animals are cute but one cuddly creature really stands out — Melody, the Music Pet! She plays music when Leo conducts but Melody can’t find her golden ticket for the train, so Leo and the team promise to help her find it. Their mission takes them over Monet’s lily pads through the French countryside and to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris where they find her ticket.

11:00am – “The Great Sky Race Rematch”
Vroom! Zoom! All the greatest flying machines are gathered today for a race around the world — it’s the Great Sky Race! Rocket won last time but this time the naughty Big Jet cheats! Before the race begins, he uses his bopper to smash Rocket’s flying button. Now Rocket can’t be a rocket ship and fly. But Rocket won’t give up. Even though he can’t fly, he can still go fast – bouncing with his Pogo Bouncer, chugging as a Rocket Train and swimming through the ocean as a Rocket Submarine.

11:30am – “Mr. Penguin’s Ice Cream Adventure”
Choo choo! The team is exploring the Patagonia region of South America when they see an ice cream train loaded with ice cream. The train is being driven by a Magellanic penguin, Mr. Penguin, who’s bringing the ice cream to his best friend’s birthday party. But then, the train breaks down! Not to worry, Mr. Penguin. Rocket is here! Rocket transforms into a train himself to help Mr. Penguin pull the big load of ice cream to his best friend’s party.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Friday 8 August, 10.00am

Every Friday there will be a brand new episode of “Little Einsteins” at 10.00am on Playhouse Disney. Each new episode features a new country to explore and learn about.
Gooooo Team! Today the Little Einsteins are in Barcelona, Spain, looking for castles where they meet a friendly king. The team shows the king their musical powers: Leo’s conducting power, Annie’s singing power, June’s dancing power, Quincy’s instrument power, and Rocket’s Super Fast flying power! The king has something musical to show the Little Einsteins as well: his shiny musical treasure. But just then, a huge dragon flies down and takes the king’s musical treasure! Oh no! The team heroically sets off on a mission to get the king’s treasure back from the dragon. Along the way, each member of the team uses his or her musical powers to help them make it past the dragon’s traps. To get the treasure, they’ll have to enter the Dragon’s Cave and make the dragon fall asleep. Can the Little Einsteins save the king’s treasure? Of course they can! Because they are a team!

Playhouse Disney – Monday 2 June, 10.30am

Celebrate the start of June and New Zealand Labour Day with 3 hours of back-to-back episodes of Little Einsteins. This month it’s all about June! Starting at 10:30am enjoy 3 hours of Little Einsteins – featuring one of the show’s stars, June. June uses her grace and balance to lead the team whenever there is a physical challenge. Even though she likes pretty things and appears as dainty as a flower, June’s ballet skills mean she is strong and ready for a challenge. Designed for pre-schoolers, “Little Einsteins” follows the global adventures of four friends, Leo, Annie, Quincy and June – along with their versatile and protective shuttle, Rocket, who takes them around the world and beyond in a quest to complete their mission while learning about nature, world cultures and enjoyment of the arts along the way.

Playhouse Disney – Sunday 6 April, 10.00am – 12.00pm

5,4,3,2,1….Blast off this April with a marathon of “Little Einsteins” episodes all about Rocket and Big Jet.
At 10am, we’ll be screening “Pirate’s Treasure” where the team goes on a pirate adventure and competes with Big Jet to claim a treasure.
At 10.15am, “Go West Young Train” screens. The team helps a train to reclaim a party bag in the Wild West. Rocket has a face-off with Big Jet.
At 10.30am, “O Yes, O Yes, It’s Springtime” airs. The kids go on a mission to find Spring in the Netherlands so that Baby Tulip can bloom. Big Jet changes seasons with his “Season Machine.”
At 10.45am, we’re screening “The Treasure Behind The Little Red Door”. Rocket finds a treasure map while digging in his garden which shows the way to a treasure that’s hidden behind a little red door in Hawaii. But as the team gathers around to study the map, Big Jet sneaks up behind them and steals it.
At 11am, “Little Red Rockethood” airs. Achoo! Rocket’s Grandma is in bed with a bad cold. Rocket is on his way to Poland to visit her, bringing a huge pot of yummy Rocket Soup to help Grandma Rocket feel better. But as our heroic red Rocket travels through the dark forest, danger lurks. It’s Big Jet!
At 11.15am, we air “The Secret Mystery Prize”. The team is playing hide and seek in Japan when they come upon an old Japanese woodblock which shows a picture of a prize box hidden at the top of Mt. Fuji but the box can only be opened with a golden music key. The Little Einsteins blast off on a mission to find the four hidden pieces of the golden music key. But they better watch out for Big Jet—he wants the secret mystery prize too!
At 11.30am, “Hungarian Hiccups” screens. The team must help Rocket get rid of his hiccups before a big race. They use symbols, a tiger roar and a geyser but it’s a mouse gets rid of the hiccups in time for Rocket to win.
Rounding off the marathon at 11.45am is “Great Sky Rematch”. Vroom! Zoom! All the greatest flying machines are gathering today for a race around the world — it’s the Great Sky Race. Rocket won last time but this time the dastardly Big Jet cheats!

Premiere Series: Little Einsteins Summer Symphony

Disney Playhouse – Saturday 1 December, 10.00am – 2.00pm

It’s the first day of summer and what better way to spend it than with a marathon of Little Einsteins episodes called “Little Einsteins Summer Symphony”. The back to back episodes start with a brand new episode called “Mr Penguin’s Ice Cream Adventure”. Choo Choo! June, Quincy, Leo and Annie are exploring the Patagonia region of South America when they see an ice cream train loaded with ice cream. The train is being driven by a Magellanic penguin, Mr. Penguin, who’s bringing the ice cream to his best friend’s birthday party. But just then, the train breaks down! Not to worry, Mr. Penguin, Rocket is here! Rocket transforms into a train himself to help Mr. Penguin pull the big load of ice cream to his best friend’s party. All aboard the Rocket Train! Along the way, the team and Rocket must dig to get past a huge rock, put a musical bridge back together, and chug all the way over the Andes Mountains. And just as they near their goal at last, out comes the sun! Can our Rocket train go fast enough to get to the birthday party before the ice cream melts? Never doubt Rocket when he chugs Super Fast!

Premiere: Little Einsteins – Great Sky Race Morning

Disney Playhouse – Sunday 9 September, 10.00am

Get ready to blast off with Leo, Annie, Quincy and June when an all new episode of everyone’s favourite series, Little Einsteins screens on Playhouse Disney in September. In “The Great Sky Rematch” all the greatest flying machines are gathering today for a race around the world — it’s the Great Sky Race! Rocket won last time, but this time the dastardly Big Jet cheats! Before the race begins, he uses his bopper to smash Rocket’s flying button. Now Rocket can’t be a rocket ship and fly. But Rocket won’t give up. Even though he can’t fly, he can still go fast – bouncing with his Pogo Bouncer, chugging as a Rocket Train, and swimming through the ocean as a Rocket Submarine. The Little Einsteins will have to keep transforming Rocket into new vehicles if Rocket is going to beat Big Jet to the finish line. Let the race begin! Join the Little Einsteins as they venture to new and exciting places in this September on Playhouse Disney.

New Season: Little Einsteins
Playhouse Disney Channel – Monday 9 April at 10am

Get ready to blast off this April with Leo, Annie, Quincy and June with the second season of the Playhouse Disney Channel Original Series Disney’s “Little Einsteins”. The second season of “Little Einstein’s” will include episodes such as Annie and the Little Toy Plane, The Glass Slipper Ball, Quincy and the Magic instruments and Brothers and Sisters to the Rescue.

Disney’s “Little Einsteins” uses an innovative blend of 2D character animation and spectacular live-action footage, taking young viewers on captivating global explorations of ancient and modern culture and natural wonders.

Featuring noted works of world music and art in every episode, the highly interactive series encourages children to participate in the fun and help the Little Einsteins complete their missions.
Activities include singing, clapping to the beat, and solving musical and visual riddles that reinforce early learning skills.

The characters are four spirited children who each have a talent for a particular aspect of music. Leo, the group’s six-year-old leader loves to conduct and carries a baton wherever he goes.
Annie, his four-year-old sister, sings and makes up songs whenever she feels inspired.

Their neighbour Quincy is a five-year-old musical instrument virtuoso while their other neighbour June, is a six-year-old who loves dancing and physical activity.

No journey that they go on would be possible without Rocket, the kids’ amazingly versatile and protective ship, who transports them on their round-the-world adventures.