Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the hit animated preschool series Pinky Dinky Doo, has launched an innovative and interactive website at www.pinkydinkydoo.com. The show recently kicked off its second season and remains one of the top ten daytime programs on Noggin in the U.S.
The new site gives Pinky the opportunity to present her latest stories and ‘great big fancy words’ on a medium beyond television, and allows children to present theirs as well. Fans of the pink haired 7-year-old can access interactive games, videos, podcasts and printable activities featuring storylines from the series’ second season. Kids and their caregivers can also create their own Pinky stories that may be featured as user-generated podcasts on the site.
Viewers now have the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to the program’s lessons. Highlights include printable activities including coloring pages, stationery, story book templates and newspapers; The Great Big Fancy Word Game; and 12 new video clips from this season’s episodes. In addition, a special section for grownups includes meet-the-characters videos, story synopses, and suggestions of offline activities.
Pinky Dinky Doo blossomed from a collection of bedtime stories made up by Cartoon Pizza principals Jim Jinkins (president and co-founder) and David Campbell (CEO). The show was previously produced with Flash animation over photo collage backgrounds, but a 3D element has been added for the second season. Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza have partnered with Abrams/Gentile Ent. and Canadian animation company Keyframe to facilitate the shift to three-dimensional sets and props. The series currently boasts more than 35 broadcast partners worldwide, including CBeebies in the U.K. and Discovery Kids Latin America.