The Toy Castle
Le Château magique
GenreSupernatural
Fantasy
Slice of life
Created byKatherine Jeans and David Langer
Based onThe Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen
Developed bySound Venture Productions
Written byNancy Trites-Botkin
Rick Jones
Timothy Spain
Mike Laewen
Marc Charbonneau
Directed byKatherine Jeans and David Langer
Narrated byRick Jones and Marc Charbonneau
ComposerAndrew Huggett
Country of originCanada
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of seasons3 + 1 pilot
No. of episodes65 + 1 pilot
Production
ProducerNeil Bregman
Production locationsWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
EditorsCheryl Gadoury
Kevin Kocvar
Running time22 minutes
Production companySound Venture Productions
Original release
Network
Release1992 (1992)
Release4 September 2000 (2000-09-04) –
26 December 2003 (2003-12-26)

The Toy Castle (French: Le Château magique) is a Canadian children's television show that aired on Treehouse TV, SCN, Access, Knowledge Network, TVOntario and TFO.[1] It was aired from September 4, 2000 to December 26, 2003 and produced by Sound Venture Productions. It was inspired by Sound Venture's 1992 Christmas ballet special The Tin Soldier, which starred Frank Augustyn and was based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.[2][3] It is now shown during the Christmas season on Treehouse, TFO and Noovo. Told through ballet and narration, the stories are about a group of toys in a toy castle that magically come to life when the children are asleep. This series won a Gemini Award in 2003 for "Best Preschool Series".[4]

The series also aired on public television stations in the United States,[5] JimJam in Italy, TF1, France 3, M6 and Piwi+ in France and was reran in French on TQS. It was distributed worldwide by France Télévisions.[6]

Plot

The Toy Castle is a show about a group of toys that magically come to life when their children are asleep. When the children are about to wake up, the toys dash around fast until they are back in their former positions. Each episode consists of three story lines, in which the toys all dance around the castle and get into situations which the viewer may relate to.[7]

Characters

Episodes

Pilot (1992)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateFrench airdateProd.
code
French viewers
(millions)
Pilot"The Tin Soldier"Katherine Jeans and David LangerRick Jones and Marc CharbonneauDecember 1992 (1992-12)December 1992100TBD

Season 1 (2000)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateFrench airdateProd.
code
French viewers
(millions)
1"Cinderella"Katherine JeansRick JonesSeptember 4, 2000 (2000-09-04)TBA101N/A
"Duck, Duck, Goose"
"Cake Walk"
2"A Ragdoll's Gift"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-BotkinSeptember 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)TBA102N/A
"A Party for One"
"I'm the Boss"
3"A Frog is a Frog"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-BotkinSeptember 10, 2000 (2000-09-10)TBA103N/A
"Sailor's Delight"
"Goldilocks"
4"London Bridge's Falling Down"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-BotkinSeptember 11, 2000 (2000-09-11)TBA104N/A
"Pirate Pshaw"
"Bubble Ballet"
5"Itsy Bitsy Spider"Katherine JeansTimothy SpainSeptember 16, 2000 (2000-09-16)TBA105N/A
"Bluebird"
"Strong Not Strong"
6"Spring Junk Band"Katherine JeansRick JonesSeptember 17, 2000 (2000-09-17)TBA106N/A
"Funny Man"
"Camp Out"
7"Poor Invisible Me"Katherine JeansTimothy SpainSeptember 18, 2000 (2000-09-18)TBA107N/A
"Cricklecrack Thoozelah"
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
8"Private Rag Doll"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-BotkinSeptember 23, 2000 (2000-09-23)TBA108N/A
"Cirque de Ballet"
"Lost My Head"
9"Be My Valentine"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-Botkin2001 (2001)TBA109TBD
"Best Friend Ballet"
"Perhaps Forever"
10"Angel Wings"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-BotkinSeptember 25, 2000 (2000-09-25)TBA110N/A
"Copy Cat"
"Three Cool Pigs"
11"Sugar Plums Fairly"Katherine JeansTimothy SpainSeptember 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)TBA111N/A
"Alone Not Lonely"
"Blunder Bluff"
12"Bo Bo's"Katherine JeansTimothy Spain2001 (2001)TBA112TBD
"Dance With Me"
"Hide and Seek"
13"Little Miss Muffett"Katherine JeansRick Jones2001 (2001)TBA113TBD
"Little Frog"
"Musical Chairs"
14"Perfectly Perfect Party"Katherine JeansMike Laewen2001 (2001)TBA114TBD
"Tea Calamity"
"Pick a Picnic"
15"Tea Party"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-Botkin2001 (2001)TBA115TBD
"Waltz for Three"
"Phish Phobia"
16"Twinkle Twinkle"Katherine JeansNancy Trites-Botkin2001 (2001)TBA116TBD
"She Shoots She Scores"
"Just Say No"
17"The Pied Piper of Glum"Katherine JeansTimothy Spain2001 (2001)TBA117TBD
"Anything You Can Do..."
"Giggle Girl"
18"Nutcracker Sweet"Katherine JeansTimothy Spain2001 (2001)TBA118TBD
"Twelve Days of Christmas"
"Season of Lights"

See also

References

  1. ^ "Le Château magique". TQS. Archived from the original on 2004-04-11.
  2. ^ Swedko, Pamela (June 14, 1999). "Hatzis turns to classifieds to get Spice of Life off the ground". Playback Magazine. playbackmag.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Dennis (August 4, 2000). "Theatrical child's play". Archived from the original on 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Art: katherine jeans,Original,Prints;Decor,tote's, home,flowers,beauty". The Art of Katherine Jeans. Archived from the original on 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  5. ^ ""The Toy Castle™" New DVD Series Presents Imaginative Ballet Stories and Encourages Creative Play". PRweb.
  6. ^ "THE TOY CASTLE". Repubblica. 25 May 2022. Archived from the original on 21 January 2023. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Sound Venture Productions". www.soundventure.com. Archived from the original on 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-01-24.