CBS Storybreak

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CBS Storybreak
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CBS Storybreak logo, as seen on the show's opening sequence.
Presented by Bob Keeshan (1985-1987)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1993-1994)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Mono (1985-1987)
CBS Stereosound (1987-1996)
Original run March 30, 1985 – January 3, 1987

CBS Storybreak is a Saturday morning anthology television series that originally aired on the CBS network during the 1985 season. Hosted by Captain Kangaroo's Bob Keeshan (and in its 1993 return by The Cosby Show's Malcolm-Jamal Warner), the episodes are half-hour animated adaptations of some of the most beloved children's books published at the time of airing, including How to Eat Fried Worms. Other episodes included Dragon's Blood and Ratha's Creature.

Unique for an American television series, the series featured open captions captioned by The Caption Center for the hearing impaired during its 1993 reairing, instead of the usual closed captioning. In addition to being a convenience for the hearing-impaired, this also allowed those who could hear to read along with the story.

The episodes were produced by Australia's Southern Star Entertainment and America's Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS Entertainment.

One of its crew, Sander Schwartz, [1] would go on to become the president of Warner Bros. Animation in 2002.

Select episodes were released on home video in 1992 under the title Video Storybreak.

CBS' first in-house cartoon series since their original Terrytoons, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in the 1985-1986 season. It continued in reruns until 1988 and returned to air in reruns (with Jamal-Warner replacing Keeshan as host) during the 1993 season.

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