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Falling in love ‘Under the Umbrella Tree’ makes Valentine’s Day special

TIMES STAFF WRITER

A lengthy discussion of the “L” word kicks off the month of hearts and flowers in Valentine’s Day Under the Umbrella Tree, a special version of the Disney Channel’s weekday “Under the Umbrella Tree” series for preschoolers. The special opens with Jacob the Jay confused about what the word “love” actually means. At the same time, his neighbor Holly seeks to discover the identity of her secret admirer, while her friend Gloria grows fond of a new pet rat. By the show’s end, all three find their own definitions of “love,” and learn that the best definition of all may be “friendship.”

“Valentine’s Day Under the Umbrella Tree,” Wednesday 7:30-8 p.m. Disney Channel. “Under the Umbrella Tree,” weekdays 9-9:30 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m.; Saturdays 6:30-7 a.m.; Sundays 7-7:30 a.m. For 2- to 5-year-olds and their families.

MORE KIDS’ SHOWS

Hayley Mills won a special Oscar for her portrayal of the perky orphan with the positive attitude in the 1960 movie Pollyanna (Sunday 1:30-4:30 p.m. KTTV). For ages 6 and up.

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In A Ducktales Valentine (Tuesday 8-8:50 p.m. Disney Channel), Scrooge McDuck meets the goddess of love, Aphroducky, while Huey, Dewie and Louie feel unloved. Other love-themed Disney cartoons are also included. For all ages.

A triple dose of the brand-new animated show Capitol Critters (Tuesday 8:30-9 p.m.; Friday 8:30-9 p.m.; and Saturday 8-8:30 p.m., its regular time slot) kicks off the long-planned series produced by Steven Bochco and starring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris (“Doogie Howser, M.D.). For all ages.

A teen-age girl, outspoken about her school’s lack of sex education, is pitted against her mother, whose bid for a seat on the school board is jeopardized, in the rebroadcast ABC Afterschool Special “A Question of Sex” (Thursday 3-4 p.m. ABC). For 12- to 17-year-olds (parental discretion is advised).

The former U.S. Surgeon General’s rebroadcast health issues series C. Everett Koop, M.D. continues this week with the episode “Children at Risk” (Thursday 8-9 p.m. KOCE), which looks at problems affecting young ones. For parents.

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Sigh! They’re so cute! We’re talking about Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen and Dermot Mulroney in Young Guns (Friday 8-10 p.m. KTTV), the movie that made Westerns hip again. For ages 8 and up.

The rebroadcast Paul Bunyan (Saturday 8-8:30 a.m. Showtime) is an animated version of the American tall tale featuring the world’s best logger. But this one has a ‘90s environmental twist: Paul Bunyan decides to replant all the felled trees! For 2- to 12-year-olds.


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