HBO series chronicles animated adventures of a boy and his dog

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Looking for worldwide adventure but don't want to leave that sofa? Tune into "The Adventures of Tintin," a new animated HBO series based on The Adventures of Tintin books published by Methuen and Little, Brown. The series follows Tintin, an ace reporter, around the world in search of excitement. With him is his faithful canine companion, Snowy. A new episode of the series will debut every week in November.

"The Adventures of Tintin," Mondays 7-7:30 p.m. HBO. For 5- to 10-year-olds.

MORE KIDS SHOWS

The tales of "King Thrushbeard" and "The Turnip" make up this week's installment of Grim Tales (today 2-2:30 p.m. Bravo), the family showcase of fairy-tales by the Brothers Grimm narrated by Rik Mayall. For all ages.

Teri Garr, Bill Cosby and other celebs discuss why math is so important in the rebroadcast Math: Who Needs It? (today 5-6 p.m. KCET). For 6- to 18-year-olds. It's followed by the rebroadcast Mathnet Special: The Calpurnian Kugel Caper (6-7 p.m.), which uses math to solve a fun mystery. For 8- to 12-year-olds.

The 1971 film fantasy Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (today 2-4 p.m. USA), based on the Roald Dahl book, shows once and for all what an Oompa Loompa is. For all ages.

A new season of Kids, Inc. (weekdays 5-5:30 p.m. Disney Channel) introduces new cast members Kenny Ford, 14; Anastasia Horne, 12, and Hayle Johnson, 11, who play talented youths who perform at their own dance club. For 9- to 13-year-olds.

A little boy uses his one talent--drawing--to get him through an unexpected conflict with a terrible demon in We All Have Tales: The Boy Who Drew Cats (Tuesday 7-7:30 p.m. Showtime), based on a Japanese folk tale and narrated by William Hurt. For all ages.

Peter Ustinov provides the voice of the world's most perfect grandfather in Granpa (Tuesday 7:30-8 p.m. Showtime), an animated special based on the book by author John Burningham. It tells of a grandfather-granddaughter duo who visit Noah's ark and other magical places via their imaginations. For all ages.

TV news veteran Linda Ellerbee produced and hosts Nickelodeon Special Edition: It's Only Television (Wednesday 5-5:30 p.m. and Friday 7-7:30 p.m. Nickelodeon), which teaches media literacy in terms kids can understand. For 7- to 12-year-olds.

Nickelodeon's space series Launch Box (Fridays 6:30-7 a.m. Nickelodeon) airs a new episode each month. The third installment, "Space Training," shows kids how people become astronauts. The series is designed to be videotaped by teachers and used in the classroom. For 6- to 12-year-olds.

The adventures of a boy and his fierce, beautiful horse continue in The Black Stallion Returns (Friday 7-9 p.m. Family Channel), the 1983 film in which the Black's teen-age owner must rescue the horse from kidnapers. For ages 10 and up.

Walter Cronkite hosts Our Children at Risk (Friday 9-10 p.m. KOCE), a new documentary that examines the lack of health care for the nation's disadvantaged children. For parents.

The Edison Adventures (Saturday 5:30-6 a.m. KNBC) tells the story of the inventor's boyhood. For all ages.

In A Day With Sarah (Saturday 2:30-3 p.m. Nickelodeon), two kids learn about friendship on the first day of summer. For 6- to 10-year-olds.

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