Monday, Oct. 11 has been set as the premiere date for Nick Jr./Nelvana’s new CG-animated preschool series, The Backyardigans. The debut will include two episodes to air in the show’s regular 11 a.m. timeslot. Beginning Oct. 16, the series will also air weekends on CBS (check local listings).
The Backyardigans is an animated musical adventure series about five high-spirited preschool creatures who rely on their vivid imaginations to embark on epic adventures. In every episode, the backyard transforms into a new fantastic, photoreal landscape that serves as the backdrop for original, story-driven musicals. The show is created by executive produced by Janice Burgess (Little Bill) and is executive-produced and directed by Robert Scull (Little Bill, Whoopi’s Littleburg).
“The Backyardigans is truly a home-grown Nick Jr. property,” says Brown Johnson, exec. VP of Nick Jr. "The whole creative team, including creator Janice Burgess, has been part of the Nick Jr. family for years, and we are proud and excited to welcome their lovable characters and amazing stories to the line-up."
The first of two premiere episodes airing on Oct. 11, "Knights are Brave and Strong" is set to the sound of big band swing. Queen Tasha sends Uniqua, the brave pink messenger, through the forest to deliver a message to King Austin’s castle–but she has to get past some obstacles to get there. The second episode, "The Yeti," features James-Brown style funk, complete with an animated recreation of his signature dance moves. Pablo is a yeti, a mysterious creature of the frozen north, and he leads Uniqua, Tasha and Tyrone on a chase all the way back to his igloo.
The Backyardigans is a Nick Jr. and Corus Ent.’s Nelvana co-production.