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Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney) was a Southeast Asian pay television preschool channel owned by The Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific. Aimed mainly at children between ages 2 to 7 years old,[1] its programming consisted of original first-run television series and theatrically released and made-for-DVD movies, as well as other select third-party programming, some of which originally having aired on PBS Kids in the United States.

Disney Junior also lent its name to an early morning program block seen on sister network Disney Channel, branded as Disney Junior on Disney Channel until it discontinued since July 31, 2018, using the Disney Channel moniker. The preschool channel ceased operations at the end of 2021.

History[]

Negotiations for an Asian version of Playhouse Disney started in January 2001 as a block on Disney Channel.[2] It was first broadcast in Hong Kong and Indonesia as Playhouse Disney on April 2, 2004.[3][4] From 2004 to 2005, Disney launched Playhouse Disney in several countries in Southeast Asia.[5][6][7][8][9] In the Philippines, the channel was broadcast in English language[10] without the usage of native Tagalog.

On 30 June 2011, Laura Wendt, announced that Playhouse Disney will be rebranded as Disney Junior in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong on 11 July 2011. Laura said that Disney Junior will feature the hallmarks of the Disney brand, story, and character. They will take classic Disney characters, beloved, through generations, and bring them to life on TV with elements that encourage early childhood learning.[11]

Due to increasing localization of the Indian feeds of Disney Channel and Disney XD, they were banned from broadcasting in Bangladesh in 2013. Later, in 2016, the Southeast Asian feeds of the Disney channels, including Disney Junior Asia, became available on certain cable operators in Bangladesh.

On March 1, 2016, Disney Junior changed to its widescreen format in some countries, while launching its high-definition channel.

On 31 July 2018, the Disney Junior on Disney Channel block was discontinued with no explanation given.

Defunct[]

On 1 June 2020, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior ceased transmission in Singapore on both Singtel and StarHub after failing the contract renewal with both service providers in the country.[12] Select programs from these 3 channels were moved to, replaced by and made it available via Disney+ on 23 February 2021. Disney Junior Southeast Asia was shut down in September 2021 due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business operations.

On 5 August 2020, Disney Junior upgraded to HD on Astro alongside Disney Channel. On 1 January 2021, the channels ceased operations across Astro and Astro-owned TV providers (including NJOI and Kristal-Astro) in Malaysia due to the launch of Astro's Refreshed Kids Pack, while airing PJ Masks,[13] that announced back on 14 December 2020. While its shows moved to Disney+ Hotstar in the said country on 1 June 2021.

After 17 years of broadcasting, Disney Junior Asia, Disney Junior Hong Kong, Disney Channel Asia, Disney Channel Hong Kong along with Fox channels in Southeast Asia have closed on 1 October 2021, due to the impact of it's COVID-19 pandemic business operations. [14][15] at exactly 1:00 am (UTC+08:00)/12:00 am (UTC+07:00), concluding with Mira, Royal Detective.[16]

Most of Disney Junior shows will be shown instead on Disney+ Hotstar and Disney+ depends on its countries.[17] Nevertheless, Disney Junior Taiwan block on Disney Channel, along with the Nat Geo channels, will continue to operate after this date.[18] But the block ended at New Year's Eve (31 December 2021).

Final Feeds[]

  • Main: Available in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. It was formerly provided in Singapore and Malaysia. It ceased operations on October 1, 2021.
  • Hong Kong: Available in Hong Kong with its own schedule differing from the main pan-Asian feed. It broadcast in both Cantonese and English language. Along with the pan-Asian feed, it ceased operations on October 1, 2021, due to the launch of Disney+ on November 16 of that year.
  • Taiwan: Available in Taiwan with its own TV block on Disney Channel, runs from 6 am to 1 pm (UTC+08:00). It broadcast in Taiwanese Mandarin and English, and it also aired continuities and promos. It ceased operations on December 31, 2021, due to the launch of Disney+ on November 12 of that year.

Programming[]

Main article: Draft:List of programmes broadcast by Disney Junior (Southeast Asia)

Disney Junior Magazine Philippines[]

Disney Junior Magazine Philippines (known as Disney Junior Magazine and formerly known as Playhouse Disney Magazine Philippines) was an educational magazine published in the Philippines by Summit Media in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

Final programming[]

Original programming from Disney Junior USA[]

*Last program to air in Southeast Asia

Original programming from Disney Channel[]

Acquired programming from Disney Junior USA[]

  • Bluey (August 1, 2020 – September 29, 2021)
  • Gigantosaurus (June 3, 2019 – September 29, 2021)
  • PJ Masks (August 29, 2016 – September 29, 2021)

Other acquired programming[]

  • Remy & Boo (April 12–September 29, 2021)

Interstitial programming/Shorts (past and present)[]

Original[]

Acquired[]

  • Abby's Amazing Adventures
  • Aliens Love Underpants And...
  • Alphablocks
  • Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures
  • Big Block SingSong
  • Bing
  • Chuggington: Badge Quest
  • Classic Tales
  • Cleo
  • Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck
  • Colourblocks
  • Dibo Sing-a-Long
  • Dino Power
  • Dino Ranch
  • Journey to Ernie
  • Kiwi & Strit
  • Meet the Batwheels
  • Miniforce Super Dino 7
  • Molang
  • Murray Has a Little Lamb
  • Mya Go
  • Numberblocks
  • Numberjacks
  • Olive the Ostrich
  • Pikwik Pack
  • Planet Cosmo
  • Sesame Street: Best Friends
  • Sesame Street: Super Healthy Monsters
  • Simon
  • Snowsnaps
  • Sunny Bunnies
  • Super Simple Songs
  • Super Wings
  • Tayo Sing Along Show
  • Tiny Planets
  • Toon Bops
  • Total DramaRama
  • Where's Chicky?
  • Wismo's Little Tales
  • WonderBalls
  • Yummy Toonies
  • Yup Yups
  • Zoobabu

Former programming[]

Original programming from Disney Junior USA[]

Acquired programming from Disney Junior USA[]

  • Chuggington (2008 – December 31, 2016)
  • Ella the Elephant (2014 – December 31, 2016)
  • Gaspard and Lisa (February 2012 – September 2014)
  • Guess How Much I Love You (January 2012 – December 31, 2016)
  • The Hive (July 11, 2011 – December 31, 2016)
  • Kate & Mim-Mim (2015–2019)
  • The Koala Brothers (2004–2009)
  • Madeline (2004–2007)
  • Octonauts (July 11, 2011 – December 31, 2016)
  • P. King Duckling (May 29, 2017 – 2019)
  • Rolie Polie Olie (2004–2009)
  • Timmy Time (May 3, 2009 – 2019)
  • The Wiggles (2004–2007)
  • This is Emily Yeung (2008–2010)

Acquired programming from Disney Channel[]

  • The Little Mermaid (2011 – December 31, 2016)

Other acquired programming[]

  • The Adventures of Little Brown Bear (2004–2008)[19]
  • Animal Mechanicals (2008–2014)
  • Art Attack (2011 – December 31, 2016; June 16–21, 2019)
  • Bananas in Pyjamas (2004–2008: Classic series, 2012 – December 31, 2016: Animated revival series)
  • Boo! (2004–2007)
  • Chiro (July 11, 2011 – 2014)
  • Chloe's Closet (Series 1) (2010–2012)
  • Connie the Cow (2004–2007)
  • Danny & Daddy (2005–2008)
  • Dibo the Gift Dragon (2008 – December 31, 2016)
  • Digby Dragon (April 10, 2017 – 2020)
  • Dive Olly Dive! (2010–2012)
  • Five Minutes More (2007–2011)
  • Fun Song Factory (CITV series) (2005–2008)
  • The Furchester Hotel (September 7, 2015 – 2020)
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs (Season 1 only) (2005 – July 8, 2011)
  • Hi-5
    • Hi-5 (Series 13) (August 1, 2012 – June 30, 2017)
    • Hi-5 House (Series 14-16) (December 9, 2013 – December 31, 2018)
    • Hi-5 (Series 17) (November 15, 2017 – September 20, 2019)
  • Honk, Toot and Swo-Swoosh (2005–2009)
  • Let's Go Pocoyo (2012–2014)
  • Little Red Tractor (2004–2008)
  • Little Robots (US dub) (2006–2007)
  • Maya the Bee (January 1, 2014 – 2015)
  • Metal Cardbot
  • The Mighty Jungle (2009–2011)[20]
  • Mike the Knight (February 18, 2013[21] – December 31, 2016)
  • Miniforce
  • Miniforce X
  • Miniforce Super Dino Power
  • Miniforce Animaltron
  • Play with Me Sesame (2005 – July 8, 2011)
  • Pororo the Little Penguin (July 26, 2010[22] – December 31, 2016)
  • Rev & Roll (November 25, 2019 – 2020)
  • Rob the Robot (November 28, 2011 – 2014)
  • The Save-Ums! (2004–2008)
  • Strawberry Shortcake (August 1, 2008[23] – 2010)
  • Tayo the Little Bus (April 23, 2012 – January 1, 2016)
  • Tobot
  • Tobot: Galaxy Detectives
  • Total Drama Island (2024 - Present)
  • Total Drama Action (2024 - Present, When Cave Courtney kneels)
  • Total Drama World Tour (Everytime Heather Kneels)
  • Total DramaRama
  • Zou (September 2012 – December 31, 2016)

Programming originally produced for and aired on PBS Kids[]

  • Angelina Ballerina (2004–2007)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (June 21, 2010[24] – 2012)
  • Back at the Barnyard
  • Barney and Friends (Seasons 4-12) (2005 – July 8, 2011)
  • Bob the Builder (2004–2008, moved to JimJam)
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (July 11, 2011 – 2015)
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog (2004–2011)
  • Clifford's Puppy Days (2005–2008)
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (2013–2014)
  • Dragon Tales (2004 – May 15, 2009)
  • Elmo's World (2005 – December 31, 2016)
  • Esme and Roy (August 12, 2019 – 2021, moved to Cartoon Network Asia)
  • Global Grover (2006–2011)
  • Make Way for Noddy (2006–2009)
  • Pocoyo (March 2005 – 2012)
  • Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2004–2007)
  • Teletubbies (2000–2002; also broadcast on GMA Network)
  • Thomas and Friends (2004–2013)
  • WordWorld (2008–2015)
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