Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Classic Nick Wed. – Musti

In 1969 graphic artist Ray Goossens created a cartoon character by the name of Musti, a little kitten who lives his mother and father in a little house in a rural village, surrounded by a large garden with animals and trees. According to the official website, the character was developed in 1945, but there is no documentation to support this claim.

Television Series
By the 1990s Musti had already aired in two dozen countries with a total of 156 episodes but it had first been developed into an animated series in 1969 on Flemish television, with Rachel Frederix as narrator. With stories centering around young children specific stories are told in just a couple of minutes.

In 1980 Musti appeared on television the Netherlands, the narrators were Arnold Gelderman and Marijke Merckens. In the 1990s a second series was made, with a white background, with Musti's original pronunciation, Muh-sti, now changed to Moo-sti.

A new television series was created in 2007 giving the series a fresh new look. Gone were the white backgrounds and flat 2D images; now Musti, his family and his friends and even his home lived in a vibrant 3D world with Kristel Van Craen as the narrator.

Musti airs in Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel, Norway, Japan, Croatia, Portugal and the United States on BabyFirst TV. Al-Jazeera aired the series throughout the Arabic world.

The Flemish publisher Standaard Uitgeverij carries an extensive portfolio of Musti children's books, targeting children aged 3-6. Dupuis printed a number of Musti children's comics in French, based on the character's appearances in the magazine Bonne Soirée.

Educational software programs have been developed with Musti as the lead character. They are currently only available in Dutch. – On a side note they are also available on Android devices, I know because I have downloaded one of them.

International Airings
Argentina: América 2
Australia: Canal ABC
Bolivia: Red ATB
Bulgaria: Super 7
Canada: Treehouse TV, 2007-2011
Chile: Canal 13, on the children's show Cubox
Colombia: Señal Colombia
Cuba: Multivisión
Ecuador: Ecuador TV
El Salvador: Canal 19 local (Nickelodeon)
France: France 5 Teletoon
Germany: KiKa
India: Disney Junior
Israel: Babyes TV
Italy: Rai YoYo and Rai 2
Japan: WOWOW
Latin America: Discovery Kids
Mexico: Canal 5
Panama: FETV Canal 5
Poland: TVP1
Portugal: Canal Panda and RTP2
Scandinavia: Playhouse Disney
Southeast Asia: Disney Channel
South Korea: EBS
Spain: Clan and Boomerang
Sweden: SVT and STVB
Turkey: TRT
Uruguay: Canal 5 - Televisión Nacional Uruguay
United States: BabyFirst TV

Venezuela: TVes and Cartoon Network

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