The legendary Jim Henson Company of The Muppets fame has announced a partnership with Sony Pictures Television Networks UK to air three new series on the free-to-air Tiny Pop channel in the UK. The slate includes Splash and Bubbles, Dot. and the second season of Doozers.
“Sony Pictures Television’s broad-reaching Tiny Pop channel is the ideal home for these three popular series, and children across the UK will get to enjoy the adventures of each of these fun new characters very soon,” commented Ian Lambur, Management Consultant, Global Distribution, at The Jim Henson Company.
Splash and Bubbles (80 x 11’) is a computer animated show for children ages 4-7 from creator John Tartaglia that uses Motown musical influences to teach children about the wonders of the undersea world. Tartaglia began his career at the age of 16 as a regular puppeteer and performer on Sesame Street, and has since performed on Broadway in shows like Avenue Q and Beauty and the Beast, garnering a Tony nomination. Splash and Bubbles is produced by The Jim Henson Company in collaboration with Herschend Studios (Dollywood, Harlem Globetrotters). The series airs on PBS Kids in the US.
Dot. (52 x 11’) also aimed at the 4-7 demographic, is an adaptation of a picture book by Randi Zuckerberg which follows the adventures of a tech-savvy little girl. Each episode depicts her exploits with her dog and friends, utilizing technology to solve various problems. The series debuted on PBS Kids Sprout in the US. Original creator Zuckerberg is the CEO of Zuckerberg Media and the editor in chief of website Dot Complicated. The Jim Henson Company produces in collaboration with The Industrial Brothers and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The Doozers, produced as a Hulu Original in the US for the preschool demographic, features the continuing adventures of characters inspired by the classic Henson show Fraggle Rock. It depicts the adventures of “The Pod Squad,” Spike, Molly Bolt, Flex, and Daisy Wheel, as they go on adventures in Doozer Creek. The show aims to help preschoolers with design thinking and environmental awareness.