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HBO classical baby "Dance"


From the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning producer of "Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales," HBO presents a delightful half-hour animated special for small children and their parents. Winner of a Peabody Award and three Emmy® Awards and ingeniously designed to introduce young children to masterpieces of classical music, painting and dance, "Classical Baby" is a creative kaleidoscope of color, motion and music, played out in an accessible, comforting format.

The program's premise involves a diapered baby "conductor" who leads an all-animal orchestra though imaginative renderings of short (2-3 minute) musical pieces, all played in front of a rapt animal audience. Each segment features iconic music from some of the world's great composers, including Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Erik Satie, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Robert Schumann, Johann Strauss, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini and Claude Debussy. Through this inspiring music (performed by some of the world's great musicians), the segments also pay imaginative tribute to the art of Claude Monet, Joan Miro, Fernand Leger and others, as well as the dances of choreographers like George Balanchine.

Stimulating, soothing, and full of heart, "Classical Baby" fulfills the potential for TV to inspire and engage a baby's imagination and sense of wonder, while serving as a wonderful tool for family bonding.

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