Junction Tree, a new TV series created by Mediacorp and billed as Singapore’s first-ever bilingual targeting preschoolers will make its debut on Mediacorp okto channel on 27 February 2017.
The 26-episode programme is supported by Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism and Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Each episode comprises three versions: English-Chinese, English-Malay and English-Tamil, with a bilingual host for each language version.
Together with the characters, Moomba, Beary-Big, Kucinta and friends, children will be introduced to a magical world of Junction Tree, where humans and puppets live together and interact through songs and stories that make languages come alive for young children.
Please note the slight changes on the telecast timing:
2 March to 5 March, Thur to Sun
English-Chinese: 10am – 10.30am (shift from 1.30pm)
English-Tamil: 10.30am – 11am (shift from 2.30pm)
English-Malay: 11am – 11.30am (shift from 3.30pm)
Synopsis of the characters
Cheery is a fun-loving 5-year-old who is usually the life of the party at Junction Tree. She is a cheerleader by nature who loves to entertain. She is spontaneous and confident. Her sunny disposition is infectious. She has an engaging nature. She is daring and eager. She looks innocent but is always enthusiastic. When faced with setbacks or problems, she bounces back quickly. She’s the friendly girl-next-door who often speaks in rah-rah-rhymes.
Granny Gwen is the motherly ice cream lady at Junction Tree. Granny Gwen is widowed and has no children. But she is not lonely or sad because everyone at Junction Tree is like her grand-child. They also treat her like their own granny and love her dearly because she is gentle, kind-hearted and generous. She has been selling ice cream at the park for many years, and comes up with all sorts of wonderful flavours for everyone to enjoy.
Kucinta is a cat puppet who speaks with a British accent, occasionally slipping into locally-accented Singapore English. He is multi-lingual as well so he is able to switch languages to fit any situation. He wears tweed coats and an English beret. He has impeccable manners. He is the epitome of English politeness. Deep down, Kucinta is empathetic and always champions the cause of those who are misunderstood. He forms an unlikely friendship with Mr Clean, who is usually blamed or suspected for things that go wrong in Junction Tree.
Beary Big is the resident story-teller at Junction Tree. Before he comes on each time, there will be a little ditty to introduce his segment, “Story-time”.
His job is to find ways to make the story come alive. In his good hands, the community at Junction Tree get to see the stories being animated.
Moomba, the little lion cub, is always playful and independent. He likes to romp around and enters a scene by rolling in. He is sweet and noble, brave and courageous. He has an unwavering, staunchly loyal personality and handles situations with integrity, and does things based on his firm principles. Most of all, he is kind, uncommonly kind, in fact. He is empathetic, which makes him a great friend to have.
Mr Clean is an animal puppet character that will not tolerate any rubbish – literally and figuratively. Whenever he sees trash lying around, he picks it up. Whenever he hears any non-sense from anyone, he shuts them up. But Mr Clean is well-loved by the characters of Junction Tree because he always has time to listen to their problems, or play a game of catch.
Remember to catch this ground-breaking series which will be launched on okto on 27 February 2017!
Encore telecasts on channels 5, 8, Suria, Vasantham and catch-up on Toggle.
Learn the Junction Tree jiggle today!