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Famous 5: On the Case

Famous 5: On The Case an animated television series which is currently broadcast in the United Kingdom, on the Disney Channel. It is a British and French television co-production, loosely based on The Famous Five series of books created by Enid Blyton. At least some of the episodes have been developed by for television by Douglas Tuber and Tim Maile, the writers of the former Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. On June 21, 2008 the show will also debut in Italy and Australia on Disney Channel.

Plot

Jo, Max, Allie and Dylan are the children of the original Famous Five - George, Julian, Anne, and Dick - who live in the town of Falcongate. Max, Allie and Dylan are all cousins whilst Jo is their second cousin.

They, like their parents before them, are accompanied by a pet dog named Timmy and they embark on a new series of adventures. During these adventures the new Famous Five are able to make use of newer technology such as laptop computers and mobile phones which had not been invented in their parents' day.

Characters

Criticism

The show has attracted some criticism from some Blyton fans. Vivienne Endecott, a member of the Enid Blyton Society has said she was "wary" of the show, telling The Daily Telegraph "I don’t really see how you can take the Famous Five out of their era, which is 1940s Britain, anybody can write about four children and a dog, and my concern is that modern kids who watch this will think that the Famous Five is all about gadgets and multi-culturalism."; Blyton's biographer, Barbara Stoney told the Daily Mail "I am not in favour. How can you say it is Enid Blyton when it is nothing like her original stories and the characters are not the same? I don't think Enid Blyton would have appreciated too much the mucking around with her stuff."

Tony Summerfield, also of the Enid Blyton Society, stated "The only loose connection is that they are the Famous Five's offspring. Inevitably, anything that is brought up to date is likely to be different, shall we say." Steve Aranguren, the vice president of global original programming at the Disney Channel stated that "We wanted to bring the sense of adventure in the original books to a new generation of Famous Five fans, however, we needed to give the characters a contemporary voice." Jeff Norton, of Chorion Limited, the company that owns the television rights to Enid Blyton's works, told The Press Association "We tried to imagine where the original Famous Five would go in their lives." he also stated "we spoke to Enid Blyton's daughter and she thought her mother would love what we have done".

Merchandise

Along with the series, Hodder Books has produced a "flipper" novel of all 26 episodes. Each book contains two of the stories and are now available in all good bookstores in the U.K. It has not yet been confirmed on whether other merchandise will be released.

International sales

According to the online magazine License! Global the series has been sold to several international broadcasters. These are Super RTL (Germany), RTBF (Belgium), the Netherlands version of Jetix, and LNK (Lithuania); along with Disney France, Disney Africa, Disney Middle-East and Disney Asia and Australia.

International release

Region Network(s) Series premiere
Poland Disney Channel June 14, 2008
Sweden Disney Channel June 14, 2008
Italy Disney Channel June 21, 2008
Portugal Disney Channel June 28, 2008
Australia Disney Channel July 11, 2008
United Kingdom Disney Channel April 5, 2008
Ireland RTÉ Two & TG4 October, 2008
Asia Disney Channel Asia October, 2008
Spain Disney Channel October, 2008
France Disney Channel & France 3 November, 2008

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