Playhouse Disney was the famous Disney Channels TV spot for childrens programs that target the pre-schooling audiences. It was launched on May 8, 1997 with actress Allyce Beasley as the programs announcer.
In February of 2011, the Playhouse Disney was replaced by Disney Junior and it aired for the last time in February 13 with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as the last program to air along with the short series called Handy Mannys School for Tools.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a children’s TV series, which started on prime time with Disney Channel on May 5, 2006. The show was initially a part of the Playhouse Disney daily block meant for preschool age kids. It stayed on the Disney Junior after Playhouse Disney was cancelled on February 14, 2011.
This show has been the channels main attraction until the spring of 2009, when the program was suspended for four months due to the death of Wayne Allwine, the long time voice of Mickey Mouse. The program resumed with the new voice of Mickey Mouse by Bret Iwan, who became one of the many voices of Mickey Mouse since 1928; the original being the voice of the characters creator, Walt Disney.
Handy Manny is a Disney Channel cartoon children’s TV program which was launched in 2006. The show, just like the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was originally part of the Playhouse Disney daily block intended for preschoolers and it also stayed with new Disney Junior block since February 14, 2011.
The program showcases Wilmer Valderrama as Manny Garcia, a bilingual Hispanic handyman and his anthropomorphic tools. The program aims to teach young children the most common Spanish words and the significance of cultural diversity. There was also a bilingual French version that premiered on June 3, 2009 on Teletoon together with the original adaptation. Most of the programs audiences are kids from 4 to 6 years of age.
The program was created by Roger Bollen, Marilyn Sadler and the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Rick Gitelson. It was produced by Toronto-based Nelvana and showcases the voice talents of Wilmer Valderrama, Tom Kenny, Dee Bradley Baker, Fred Stoller, Nika Futterman, Kath Soucie, Carlos Alazraqui, and Grey DeLisle.