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‘Prince and the Pauper’ on Disney finds Mickey taking two star turns

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Like any good actor, Mickey Mouse loves a challenge.

To prove the point, he took on dual roles in Walt Disney’s animated version of “The Prince and the Pauper,” which makes its television debut Sunday on The Disney Channel.

In this 23-minute feature based on the classic Mark Twain tale, Mickey plays a pampered prince and a look-alike peasant who switch identities to see how the other half lives.

Needless to say, the switch leads to chaos in the kingdom.

Look for a few of Mickey’s pals (Goofy, Donald Duck and ever-faithful Pluto) in key supporting roles.

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“The Prince and the Pauper,” Sunday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2:35 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Disney Channel. For ages 2 and up.

MORE KIDS’ SHOWS

Long Ago and Far Away (Sunday at 9 a.m. KCET) features three stories told with the use of Claymation: “The Elephant and the Whale,” “Timber the Woodsman” and “Circus Dream,” in which a young boy’s fantasies spring to life. For ages 3 and up.

How the Rhinoceros Got Its Skin and How the Camel Got Its Hump (Sunday at 9 a.m. Showtime) comes to life with the help of Jack Nicholson’s narration and Bobby McFerrin’s music. For ages 2 and up.

Give a hand to Shari Lewis. The popular puppeteer returns to TV with Lamp Chop’s Play Along (Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. KPBS and 2:30 p.m. KVCR; begins Tuesday at 7 a.m. KCET), a new weekday series that encourages kids to take part in Lewis’ songs, stories and games. For ages 3 and up.

The children of a widower become Young Detectives on Wheels (Monday at 4 p.m. Showtime) when their dad is accused of masterminding a jewel heist. For ages 6 and up.

A two-part episode on The Adventures of Tintin (Monday at 7:30 p.m. HBO) finds the intrepid reporter and his dog Snowy on the trail of a missing idol, with dastardly criminals in hot pursuit. For ages 4 and up.

Three campers learn about love from the cuddly title characters of Care Bears II: The New Generation (Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Showtime; Thursday at 5 p.m. HBO). For ages 2 to 6.

In an episode of The Baby-Sitters Club (Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. HBO), Dawn is determined to be the date of a handsome soccer player at the “Sweethearts Dance.” For ages 6 and up.

A youngster tries to prevent evil Anjelica Huston from turning the children of New England into mice on The Witches (Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. HBO). For ages 8 and up.

A teen (Wil Wheaton) tries to cope with his parent’s mental illness in My Dad Can’t Be Crazy, Can He? (Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Showtime). For ages 10 and up.

“Don’t Touch,” a repeat airing on the ABC Afterschool Special (Thursday at 3 p.m. ABC), tackles the topic of sexual abuse. The story deals with a teen who suspects that the girl she baby-sits is a victim of child molestation. Blair Brown and former Cosby kid Lisa Bonet are in the cast. For 12- to 17-year-olds and parents.

Special Delivery (Saturday at 2 p.m. Nickelodeon) presents adaptations of two Hans Christian Andersen stories: “The Nightingale” and “The Tin Soldier.” For ages 4 and up.


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