NiNi's Treehouse (2000)

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Produced in England by the same people responsible for the internationally popular Teletubbies, the daily, half-hour puppet series NiNi's Treehouse was set in the mythical world of Oooberryland. The titular NiNi was described as "a little bit dog, little bit cat, little bit cow" -- and looked it. An indefatigable sketch artist, NiNi was always amazed and amused when his drawing came to life, as were his best friends, lookalike "fuzzies" Treezle B and Treezle D. The avowed purpose of the series was to teach preschoolers such concepts as "near and far," "night and day," and "up and down," while also instructing the kiddies in the mysteries of numbers, letters, and shapes. The producers claimed that the program was created "by kids, for kids," which of course meant that it was just as entertaining as it was educational . Distributed in the United States by the itsy bitsy Entertainment Company, NiNi's Treehouse was seen as part of The Learning Channel's daily "Ready!Set!Learn!" kiddie-show block, beginning in November 2000.