The 2005 animation development slate at PorchLight Ent. has gone to the dogs with Baxter, a new series what will encourage kids and their parents to discuss, explore and respect the wonders of nature together. The show is created by Gerry Renert, co-creator and exec producer of ToddWorld, which airs on TLC and Discovery Kids.
Baxter will utilize a curriculum developed by Laurine DiRocco and Linda Rosenblatt of the UCLA School of Education, in association with PorchLight. The series will be produced as half-hours featuring two 11-minute interchangeable segments featuring Baxter, a backyard pup who is always curious and bounding with energy. Baxter interacts with nature like a child, exploring such things as insects, plants, weather, geology and ecology.
Baxter’s friends include Becky, a rather independent bee with a poor sense of direction, and Upsy and Daisy, two field mice who see their world in very different ways. Twiddle is a cheerful, single dad frog and Amanda is his curious daughter. Rounding out the cast of characters is Lady B, the duchess of lady bugs, who protects her flowers and plants and is constantly on aphid patrol.
Liz Stahler, former Price Stern Sloan/Penguin Books’ editor for the WEE SING property, collaborated closely with both Renert and childrens’ book illustrator Barry Gott in concept development.
PorchLight has produced the Emmy Award-winning animated Tutenstein for Discovery Kids and Jetix (formerly Fox Kids Europe), Jay Jay the Jet Plane for PBS, Adventures from The Book of Virtues for PBS KIDS and the animated long-form movies The Night Before Christmas: A Mouse Tale, The Haunted Pumpkin of Sleepy Hollow, and Christmas Dinosaur. The company is in production on Four Eyes for France 3 and the Disney Channel U.K., and a series of direct-to-video releases for educational electronic toy company Leapfrog.