Apple TV+ announces "Shape Island," all-new stop motion series for kids and families premiering globally Friday, January 20
Based on the internationally bestselling picture books from Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the series features the voice talents of Yvette Nicole Brown, Harvey Guillen, Scott Adsit and Gideon Adlon
Plus, all-new episodes of "Helpsters" season three premiere
Friday, January 6 featuring guest stars Andrea Martin, John Oliver, Danielle Brooks, Margaret Cho, Jackie Hoffman and more
Apple TV+ today announced the all-new stop motion series for kids and families, "Shape Island," featuring the beloved familiar voices of Yvette Nicole Brown ("Disenchanted"), Harvey Guillen ("What We Do in the Shadows"), Scott Adsit ("30 Rock") and Gideon Adlon ("Blockers"). Based on the internationally best-selling trilogy of Shapes picture books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, "Shape Island" premieres globally Friday, January 20 on Apple TV+.
This clever, funny, and inspiring new stop-motion animated series from Apple TV+ takes place on a charming island and invites viewers to join serious Square, intrepid Circle, and tricky Triangle on their silly adventures as they dig up some fun, search for answers, and build on their friendship - all while learning how to navigate each other's differences. "Shape Island" shows kids that friendship can take many shapes.
The series was co-created by book authors Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, who serve as executive producers alongside Emmy Award winning Bix Pix Entertainment's Kelli Bixler and Drew Hodges ("Tumble Leaf"). Ryan Pequin serves as co-executive producer and head writer.
Also this month, "Helpsters" season three returns with all-new episodes Friday, January 6, featuring an impressive lineup of guest stars including Emmy Award winner Andrea Martin ("Evil"), Emmy Award winner John Oliver ("Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"), Emmy Award nominee Tami Sagher ("Search Party"), Nathan Lee Graham ("Zoolander"), Mario Cantone ("And Just Like That"), Grammy Award nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones ("Genius"), Johnathan Fernandez ("Gossip Girl"), Eugene Cordero ("Loki"), Maulik Pancholy ("Only Murders in the Building"), Sunita Mani ("Spirited"), Emmy Award nominee Ikechukwu Ufomadu ("ZIWE"), Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominee Margaret Cho ("Fire Island"), Grammy Award nominee Alex Newell ("Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"), Rebecca Henderson ("Russian Doll"), Grammy Award and Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes ("Ain't Too Proud"), Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman ("Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery"), Danny Pudi ("Mythic Quest"), Shannon Devido ("Difficult People") and more, as well as musical guests Grammy Award nominee Blood Orange, Blanco Brown, Jensen McRae and Grammy Award nominee Syd.
The acclaimed series follows Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it's planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out - because everything starts with a plan.
The recipient of a Parents' Choice Gold Medal Award and Common Sense Media Award, "Helpsters" has been recognized as "immersive, educational and entertaining." The series teaches young viewers important lessons in pre-coding skills and inspires self-confidence, collaboration, effective communication and much more. Emmy Award winner and Parents' Choice Gold Medal winner Tim McKeon ("Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination," "Odd Squad") is the creator and showrunner of "Helpsters." McKeon, Benjamin Lehmann, Adam Peltzman, Eileen Braun and Sesame Workshop's executive vice president of Creative and Production Kay Wilson Stallings are executive producers.
The award-winning slate of original series and film for kids and families on Apple TV+ includes impressive all-ages offerings such as the critically-acclaimed properties BAFTA Award-winning "El Deafo," "Lovely Little Farm," "Duck & Goose," "Pinecone & Pony," Emmy Award-winning "Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock" and "Harriet the Spy" from The Jim Henson Company, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series "Stillwater," "Helpsters" from Sesame Workshop, "Wolfboy and the Everything Factory" from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment, "Sago Mini Friends," "Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show" from Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero, "Snoopy in Space," "The Snoopy Show" and "Get Rolling with Otis." Live-action offerings for include Bonnie Hunt's "Amber Brown," "Best Foot Forward," "Surfside Girls," "Life By Ella," Daytime Emmy Award-winning "Ghostwriter" from Sesame Workshop, and "Puppy Place."
Also included are specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including "It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown," "Lucy's School," "To Mom (and Dad), With Love," Emmy Award-winning "Who Are You, Charlie Brown?" and "For Auld Lang Syne," and "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth," the Daytime Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times best-selling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers.
The kids and family film offerings include star-studded animated adventure film "Luck" from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation which premiered this year and Academy Award-nominated animated film "Wolfwalkers."
Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have earned 280 wins and 1,184 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy "Ted Lasso" and this year's Oscar Best Picture winner "CODA."
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