Spider Riders Premiere Tops TELETOON May Highlights

Topping the highlights in its May lineup, TELETOON will premiere the first anime series to come out of Canada SPIDER RIDERS. The series will launch Sunday, May 7, 2006, at 10:00 am with a 90-minute special, SPIDER RIDERS: THE INNER WORLD.

SPIDER RIDERS is an action-adventure series for kids 6-12, based on the book SHARDS OF THE ORACLE by Tedd Anasti and Patsy Cameron-Anasti, published in December 2004. Toronto's Cookie Jar Ent. and Japan's Yomiko co-produce the series. Japanese animation company BeeTrain, a division of IG Prod., is doing the animation.

While on a hiking trip with friends, 11-year old Hunter is sucked into the fantastic subterranean world of Arachnia, where insects have become the dominant species, and where spiders and humans must fight together to defeat their common foe. Hunter is welcomed by an elite warrior team, the Spider Riders, with whom he must fight to defeat the evil Invectid, and ultimately, find his way home.

On May 4, TELETOON will present four hours of the Force with STAR WARS: CLONE WARS. Starting at 5:00 pm, the network will air the entire STAR WARS: CLONE WARS micro-series, Chapters 1 through 25. It will repeat from midnight to 4:00 am.

To celebrate Mothers Day on Sunday, May 14, TELETOON will air mom-themed episodes of such series as MY DAD THE ROCKSTAR, LOONEY TUNES, THE FLINTSTONES and FUTURAMA.

In the CINETOON MOVIES block every Saturday at 5:00 pm, the films for May include: * May 6 DRAGONS: FIRE AND ICE* May 13 CLASS OF THE TITANS: CHAOS 101* May 20 SCOOBY-DOO: THE MOVIE* May 27 SCOOBY-DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND

For more information, visit www.teletoon.com.

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