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Family Channel Abuzz with A Bug's Life & Handy Manny

Astral Media's Family Channel presents the network premiere of the Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios animated feature, A Bug's Life.

Press Release from Family Channel

Toronto, April 6, 2010 - Astral Media's Family Channel presents the network premiere of the Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios animated feature, A Bug's Life. Featuring a star-studded voice cast and crawling with fun, the miniature world of A Bug's Life premieres Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel.

Life is no picnic for the ants on Ant Island. Each summer a bullying gang of greedy grasshoppers descends upon the colony to demand a hefty portion of the ants' hard-earned harvest. Flik, an original thinker out of step with the rest of the colony, takes it upon himself to get outside help and mistakenly enlists a troupe of bumbling bug performers from a flea circus. Working together in their new-found friendship, the ants and the circus bugs prepare for a climactic confrontation with the grasshoppers.

A Bug's Life features the voices of David Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, Phyllis Diller and Bonnie Hunt.  Directed by Oscar-winner John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton with original music by Oscar-winner Randy Newman.

Following the premiere of A Bug's Life, Family Channel will air Handy Manny Big Race at 7:35 p.m. ET/PT. In this special episode of the hit Emmy-nominated series, Handy Manny, Manny and the tools help Elliot (voiced by Lance Bass) fix up his used race car to enter the big Wood Valley 500 race. The car turns out better than expected and everyone is ready to race - except Elliot, who is too nervous to drive. Famous race car driver Chase Davis (voiced by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) steps in to help, but Elliot's nerves get the best of him. With the tools as his pit crew, Manny gets behind the wheel in an attempt to win the race for the entire team. Handy Manny star Wilmer Valderrama, N'Sync's Lance Bass and the cast of tools perform a new song, "One Step at a Time."

Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family television entertainment in 6 million homes across Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family OnDemand in select areas, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service that features hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series and Playhouse Disney programming. Visit us at Family.ca.

Family Channel is an Astral Television Network. Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. For more information about Astral Media, please visit www.astralmedia.com.

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