PBS not Sheepish for Mel Brooks Toon

PBS will add some shear fun to its Saturday morning line-up with the toon series Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks. Comic icon Mel Brooks (The Producers, High Anxiety, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs) voices the role of Wiley the Sheep in this half-hour, CG comedy/fantasy/adventure show based on original stories by Irish writer Denise Fitzpatrick.

The series, a co-production from Mike Young Productions (MYP), London-based Entara Ltd. and PBS affiliate WLIW in New York, features 26 episodes aimed at youngsters aged 4-8. It centers on Grandpa Piggley’s tales of childhood shenanigans in the Irish farmland of his youth, which entertain, inspire and subtly educate his three very contemporary, rambunctious city-dwelling grandchildren.

"Mel plays this very hip and restless American sheep who attempts to rally an extremely complacent Irish flock to break out into the big, wide world," says Mike Young, exec. producer of the series and a partner of MYP. "He brings that beloved Yankee spirit to the role, which is just what we were looking for. He’s a great contrast to the Irish wit and blarney of our other voice actors."

In addition to WLIW, Piggley Winks will air on TG4, an Irish Gaelic-language channel.

MYP is also responsible for the Nickelodeon series Butt-Ugly Martians, Cartoon Network’s He-Man and The Masters of the Universe and Scholastic’s Emmy-nominated Clifford the Big Red Dog for PBS.