via press release:
Celebrity Parents Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Liev Schreiber And John Leguizamo Recite Poetry For Disney Junior’s Acclaimed Short-Form Series “A Poem Is…”
Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Liev Schreiber and John Leguizamo recite poetry set to classic Disney animation in new installments of the acclaimed short-form series “A Poem Is…” premiering during National Poetry Month, MONDAY, APRIL 2 through SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (8:25 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7. The series will also be presented on the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel on the same days. The actors, each a parent, will help introduce young viewers to the beauty of a poem, reciting works by poets such as Langston Hughes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Jack Prelutsky and May Swenson.
They join previously announced “A Poem Is…” narrators Viola Davis, Jennifer Garner, Laura Linney, Katie Holmes, Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Caroline Kennedy, Kenneth Branagh and Alfred Molina.
Designed to cultivate fond memories of Disney classics for parents and create new ones for kids, “A Poem Is…”features poetry set to animation from some of the most beloved Disney films such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” The interstitial series also features an introduction by young children talking about what a poem is to them.
The premiere schedule is as follows (all at 8:25 a.m., ET/PT except where noted):
Monday, April 2
“April Rain Song” – A poem by Langston Hughes; narrated by Liev Schreiber
Tuesday, April 3
“De Colores” – A Traditional Folk Song; narrated by Jessica Alba
Wednesday, April 4
“Ducks” – A poem by Mary Ann Hoberman; narrated by Owen Wilson
Thursday, April 5
“Once They All Believed in Dragons” – A poem by Jack Prelutsky; narrated by John Leguizamo
Friday, April 6
“Analysis of Baseball” – A poem by May Swenson; narrated by Owen Wilson
Saturday, April 7
“It Is A Pleasant Day” – A poem by Eliza Lee Follen; narrated by Laura Linney
(Note: Premieres at 8:55 a.m., ET/PT)
Saturday, April 14
“And the ‘Roo Jumped Over the Moon” – A poem by David Henry Souter; narrated by Liev Schreiber
Saturday, April 21
“When I Grow Up” – A poem by William Wise; narrated by John Leguizamo
“A Poem Is…” airs during Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7 and on the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel. The series was created by Brian Hohlfeld and Steve Arenas. Hohlfeld (“My Friends Tigger & Pooh,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”) serves as the executive producer.