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NATPE News: Disney Hopes TV Buyers Have Barbarian Tastes

Buena Vista International Television has an original new animated show to sell at NATPE 2004, DISNEYS DAVE THE BARBARIAN, which debuts at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2004 on the Disney Channel. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the 21x30 comedy series was created by Doug Langdale.

DISNEYS DAVE THE BARBARIAN follows the comedic adventures of an offbeat family in the Middle Ages as they protect themselves and their kingdom from a world of odd foes. Dave is joined by his primping older sister Candy and his fierce younger sister Fang. Brawny Daves is at odds with his environment since he actually has refined tastes, preferring the finer things in life, like origami, bird watching and gourmet cooking. His brute strength and his fine art skills combine creativity to ward off villains in a variety of way.

"Through Doug Langdales approach to animation, DAVE represents a true departure for Walt Disney Television Animation in its presentation of wacky, off-the-wall comedy," said Barry Blumberg, president of the animation division. "This series melding of Dougs improvisational comic nature and Disney Channels sensibilities of fun and family has proven a perfect example of the growing partnership between Walt Disney Television Animation and Disney Channel."

Langdale, an improvisational comic and animator in Los Angeles, has been twice nominated for Emmy Awards. Langdale created and exec produced DISNEYS THE WEEKENDERS. He also co-created and co-exec produced the Saturday morning cartoon PROJECT GEEKER, and was exec producer/writer on THE MR. POTATO HEAD SHOW.

Disney vet Howy Parkins is directing DAVE THE BARBARIAN. He has directed DISNEY'S RECESS and DISNEYS LLOYD IN SPACE, as well as the upcoming Disney DVD/Video releases DISNEYS RECESS: TAKING THE FIFTH GRADE and DISNEYS RECESS: ALL GROWED DOWN.

Representatives from Walt Disney TV Intl, Latin America, The Walt Disney Co. Canada and Buena Vista Intl TV will be on hand at a suite in room 3132 at the Venetian Hotel.

Buena Vista intl TV ( is the distribution arm of Walt Disney TV Intl (WDTV-I), which is responsible for the Disneys branded and non-branded program distribution, broadcasting and media investments. BVITV distributes around 18,000 hours of programming, plus 5,500 hours from the FKE (Fox Kids Europe) and BVS portfolios, to more than 1,300 broadcasters across some 240 territories.