When it snows like cats and dogs out there this holiday season, snuggle up with some of Animal Planet’s favourite puppies, kittens – and even a sasquatch – for special Christmas and New Years presentations.
Beginning Christmas Eve, “Must-See AP” goes into overdrive with a full-slate of the year’s top-rated marathons and specials – including CATS 101, HERO DOGS OF 9-11, BREEDER OF THE PACK, FINDING BIGFOOT, PIT BOSS and DINOSAUR REVOLUTION. Animal Planet’s parade of holiday hits includes:
From adorable Goldendoodle puppies on BREEDER OF THE PACK to the sasquatch search on FINDING BIGFOOT, Animal Planet wraps up 2011 with marathons galore, beginning Christmas Eve.
MUTUAL OF OMAHA / NATURAL WORLD MARATHON (6×60)
Saturday, December 24 at 6 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Grab the kids – and granny too! – for Animal Planet’s six-hour Christmas Eve marathon spectacular featuring two series that define the mesmerizing beauty of our planet’s most incredible creatures. First, go on an extraordinary adventure with MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S WILD KINGDOM, one of television’s longest running series. Investigate the lives of animals around the globe as they struggle to survive, unraveling the mysteries surrounding them. From the spectacular reefs of the Mozambique coast to the wild Indian monsoon season, witness the beauty of exotic animals in their natural habitat. Then, it’s NATURAL WORLD, the classic wildlife series which tells in-depth stories of incredible animals, featuring award-winning photography in some of the most extraordinary places in the world.
MRS. ASHBORO’S CAT
Sunday, December 25 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
In one of her first major roles, Academy Award-nominee Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) stars as one-half of a father-daughter pair who get more than they bargained for when they buy an old house that was formerly inhabited by the nice old Mrs. Ashboro and her pet cat, Margaret. When strange things start happening in the house, all fingers point to the presence of Margaret, who died the same day as Mrs. Ashboro. But why has she come back to haunt them?
Sunday, December 25 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
Discover everything about your feline friend in CATS 101. This special Christmas Day treat highlights the frisky, feisty and contagiously cute behaviors that helped these cheeky creatures overtake dogs as the most popular pet in North America. Learn about the various breeds, their genetic history, famous felines and quirky cat facts.
HERO DOGS OF 9-11
Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
This one-hour documentary special tells the true stories of the working dogs that were part of the rescue and recovery operation in lower Manhattan after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The special focuses on the unsung hero pups who answered the call, their enduring legacy, and what the future holds for the working dog today.
BREEDER OF THE PACK Season 2 MARATHON (8×30)
Sunday, December 25 at 8 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET (5 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
On Christmas Day, catch up with Animal Planet’s BREEDER OF THE PACK. Follow the trials and tribulations of Canada’s most passionate breeders as they try to enhance and improve the breed of the dog they love. The eight-part marathon offers an intimate and in-depth understanding of what it takes to excel in this very demanding business – the hopes, triumphs, crises and conflicts. This season’s A-List pooches include Afghans, Border Collies, English Bulldogs, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, German Shepherds, Central Asian Shepherds, Bullmastifs and the most-buzzed about dog on the market – the Goldendoodle!
FINDING BIGFOOT MARATHON (7×60, 1x 120)
Monday, December 26 at 3 p.m. ET – 12 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Boxing Day is all about Bigfoot on Animal Planet as the four-person team from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) – the leading scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery – investigates supposed Sasquatch sightings by interviewing locals, examining evidence and infiltrating the woodlands and forests in places where Bigfoot has been reported. The team listens to harrowing tales of run-ins with Bigfoot before generating reconstructions of the encounters to judge their plausibility or dismiss them as hoaxes. Then, outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the team sets out on exhilarating and eerie investigations where any broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Sasquatch is lurking nearby.
PIT BOSS MARATHON (8×60)
Saturday, December 31 at 6 p.m. ET – 2 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 11 p.m. PT)
Welcome 2012 in style with Shorty Rossi – a little person with a tall order. He runs two operations – a Hollywood talent management company for little people and a pit bull rescue which he holds near and dear to his heart. Rossi has lofty ideas but is armed with a tough, no-nonsense attitude and an entertainment rolodex to help his cause – to rescue and rehabilitate pit bulls and place these “underdogs” in loving, nurturing homes. Joining forces with Rossi to help with his mission are his three employees and fellow little people who have the biggest hearts for dogs that are often larger than they are. Knowing full well what it’s like to be judged, the foursome takes on the gargantuan task of rescuing dogs in need and raising awareness about the most misunderstood dog of all – the pit bull.
DINSOSAUR REVOLUTION MARATHON (4×60)
Sunday, January 1 at 7 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET (4 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT)
From 2012 to the land before time…DINOSAUR REVOLUTION combines the talent of the world’s best dinosaur illustrators and animators with the latest paleontological research. Presented with sparse narration and the latest cutting-edge animation and computer generated storytelling techniques, this four-hour New Years Day marathon features never-before-seen intimate behaviors to illustrate the extraordinary life of dinosaurs. A host of new behaviors are featured throughout, including exotic mating dances, the inner workings of T-Rex’s nuclear family and new creatures like a Jurassic flying squirrel and frogs so big they could eat dinosaurs.