[09/07/17 - 06:03 AM] Amazon Announces Fall Slate for Kids Originals Including "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and Sid & Marty Krofft's "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" They'll be joined by new seasons of "Wishenpoof" and "The Stinky & Dirty Show."
[via press release from Amazon]
Amazon Announces Fall Slate for Kids Originals Including "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and Sid & Marty Krofft's "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters"
"Wishenpoof" and "The Stinky & Dirty Show" return for second seasons
New fall programming highlights impactful storytelling and inspiring characters
SEATTLE -- Sep. 7, 2017 -- (NASDAQ: AMZN) -- Amazon today announced its fall slate for kids originals, exclusively on Prime Video. Amazon Studios creates series for kids with heart for both enjoyment and impact to inspire a generation of lifelong creative learners. The fall slate includes Wishenpoof (September 26), Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (October 13), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (November 7), and The Stinky & Dirty Show (Fall 2017); all series will premiere on these dates in the US and UK, and made available worldwide at a later date.
"We're honored to reintroduce If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Sigmund's iconic character to a new generation of kids and families," said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. "Our fall slate will bring customers more engaging and heartwarming stories to enjoy with their families."
Wishenpoof - New season premieres on September 26
Wishenpoof centers on Bianca (Addison Holley), a fairy who can grant wishes using Wish Magic. The series highlights her thought process as she thinks, decides and solves problems in her own creative way. Each episode features a new song by Bianca for viewers to sing along with and imaginative stories to follow. Created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue's Clues, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Super Why!) and produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises, the show features guest voice talent Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills, 90210) as Bianca's dad. The series' learning approach is based on Ellen Galinsky's "Seven Essential Life Skills" framework that focuses on skills to help children reach their full potential by having empathy for others, tackling challenges, communicating effectively, thinking critically, and to never stop learning. Season one is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by customers with 79% 5-star reviews.
Starting September 26, the Wishenpoof season two soundtrack will be available to stream exclusively via Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music. In addition, the Wishenpoof Wish Magic Adventure Game by Haywire Group is now available on Amazon.
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters - New series premieres on October 13
Sid & Marty Krofft's Sigmund and the Sea Monsters follows two beachcombing brothers, Johnny (Solomon Stewart) and Scotty (Kyle Breitkopf), who find Sigmund - a real live sea monster. The two brothers befriend the harmless and funny Sigmund and hide him in their clubhouse. However, keeping him a secret may be nearly impossible since the town's overzealous Captain Barnabas (David Arquette) is obsessed with proving that sea monsters are real. With the help of their cousin Robyn (Rebecca Bloom), this team of friends makes it their mission to protect their new friend and have a great and memorable summer. Based on the nostalgic 1970s live-action series, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is directed by Ron Oliver and is executive produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. The series will also feature a cover of the original theme song, "Friends" by The Roots.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - New series premieres on November 7
When you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask for a glass of milk, and then...who knows what he'll ask for next? Based on the beloved books by Laura Numeroff (Dennis the Menace) and Felicia Bond and executive produced by Numeroff, Bond and Emmy Award-winning writer Ken Scarborough (Arthur, Sesame Street, Curious George) who also serves as head writer, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie follows the adventures of Mouse, Oliver, Moose, Pig, Cat, and Dog, as they discover that when you've got a curious Mouse for a friend one thing always leads to another, then another, and then another! The show's learning approach was developed in consultation with authors Mimi Ito and John Seely Brown and revolves around a cause and effect narrative structure that sparks imagination and the creativity engendered by knowing that possibilities are endless. The pilot and beloved book are both rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by customers with 82% 5-star reviews for the pilot and 84% 5-star reviews for the book. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will feature new recordings by Grammy nominated recording artist Lisa Loeb.
The Stinky & Dirty Show - New season premieres in Fall 2017
Based on the "I Stink!" book series by Kate and Jim McMullan, The Stinky & Dirty Show follows the adventures and mishaps faced by best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty, the backhoe loader. They are a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn when things don't go as expected, asking "what if" can lead to success. The series is written and developed by Guy Toubes (The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi), executive produced by Toubes and Holly Huckins, and animated by Brown Bag Films, Ltd (Peter Rabbit, Octonauts, Doc McStuffins). This season will once again feature original music from acclaimed folk singer and songwriter Dan Bern and celebrity voice talent, including Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Mark Hamill (Spacey), Jane Lynch (Glee), Andy Richter (Arrested Development), Joan Cusack (Shameless) and Wallace Shawn (Toy Story). The series' learning approach is based on Jessica Lahey's New York Times best-seller "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed," specifically modeling resourcefulness, resilience, teamwork, and the benefits of failure. Season one is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by customers with 87% 5-star reviews.
Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at www.amazon.com/primevideokids. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. Amazon kids originals are also available on FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.
Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
About Amazon Original Kids Programming
In 2014, Amazon Studios began introducing kids originals for Prime Video, kicking off with the Emmy award-winning series, Tumble Leaf, about a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky caterpillar, as they embark on a fun and nature-filled adventure. Today, customers can enjoy a growing selection of original kids series and specials including Just Add Magic, Lost in Oz, Annedroids, Dino Dana, Thunderbirds Are Go!, Danger & Eggs, and An American Girl Story which consists of four separate specials. Two additional series will debut this fall including Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
The mission of Amazon's original preschool series is to inspire lifelong creative learning in children beginning at the preschool age. The aim is to validate, maintain and foster young children's creative, joyful, and curious learning spirit through offering core content that is integrated with skills children need now and for the future. This is accomplished by integrating an innovative curriculum thread through all preschool shows including The Stinky & Dirty Show, Creative Galaxy, Wishenpoof, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, working with established creators and educational advisors that comprise the Thought Leader Board and developing learning experiences that extend beyond the screen. All of this is to give parents confidence that these programs will provide valuable skills and life lessons that children can use in their real life--while being entertaining at the same time.
To date, Amazon Original Kids Series and Specials have won 16 Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, including "Outstanding Children's Animated Program" in 2016 for Niko and the Sword of Light and again in 2017 for Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure; as well as "Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program" in 2015 and 2016 for Tumble Leaf and again in 2017 for The Snowy Day. Prime Video's growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families are available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/primevideokids.
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