WarnerMedia Kids & Family today revealed a first look at Cartoonito’s upcoming preschool block, launching this fall on HBO Max and Cartoon Network. The newly released trailer features an original mnemonic, “Oh! Oh! Oh! Cartoonito!” created for the block and gives a sneak peek at the burgeoning Cartoonito slate that includes preschool staples Sesame Street and Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, Mush-Mush & the Mushables and additional shows announced earlier this week: Bing, Dylan, Odo and Pocoyo.
Families were also treated to a special look at upcoming Cartoonito shows Little Ellen and Lucas the Spider in two new clips revealed today.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Ellen Digital Ventures, Little Ellen is a 2D animated children’s show that explores the world through the eyes of a hilarious and unpredictable seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres. On her adventures in her musical hometown of New Orleans, Little Ellen takes big risks and makes big mistakes, but she’s always able to laugh at herself and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. In the series sneak peek, Ellen and her pals tap into their bird brains to try and teach a socially awkward macaw how to make some feathered friends.
Lucas the Spider is a CGI-animated show from Fresh TV in association with WexWorks Media, with CAKE handling international distribution, and is based on a viral YouTube hit that follows the adventures of an endearing young spider as he and his friends try to navigate the big world around them. The sneak peek introduces Lucas’ fun and food-loving housefly friend, Findley.
The Cartoonito programming block will feature four fun hosts that will keep preschoolers and families laughing and entertained in between watching their favorite shows. As the colorful faces of Cartoonito, Nito, Glob, Wedge and Itty each have their own unique personalities and will star in playful interstitials that will encourage young viewers to embrace their uniqueness and interact with others with empathy, respect and fairness.
- Nito is a magical box of joy bursting with imagination, surprise, and even other characters! Ever curious, Nito loves exploring the world and eagerly shares facts with others: “Oh, oh, oh! Pandas eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo a day.” They are a natural leader and everyone’s best friend.
- Glob expresses themselves through shapes, not words, and physically shows their emotions. A neuro-diverse shapeshifter, they love playing pretend and becoming new things. Glob is very caring and protective of their friends — especially Itty — and is always coming to the rescue in hilarious ways!
- Wedge can be cautious and careful, but is capable of feats of great derring-do with the encouragement of friends! A triple-threat trilingual character, Wedge is super into arts and crafts, loves to help others and is the ultimate team player.
- Itty is the baby of the group and is just learning to speak. Like the world’s happiest toddler, they bounce through life and radiate positivity! Communicates with giggles, goos, and the occasional upchuck if upset.
Cartoonito was announced at the WarnerMedia Kids & Family Upfront earlier this year and is WarnerMedia’s biggest commitment to preschool in 100 years. It offers a modern approach to preschool programming with its proprietary educational framework, Humancentric Learning, that aims to support every child’s humanness by celebrating their unique selves. All Cartoonito preschool content will align with Humancentric Learning and Cartoon Network’s refreshed brand promise, Redraw Your World, which fosters self-expression and creativity.
For all the latest Cartoonito news, sneak peeks and fun resources, parents can visit the Cartoonito parent website here and follow on Facebook (/Cartoonito), Twitter (@CartoonitoCN), Instagram (@cartoonito) and YouTube (/cartoonito). Some shows are only on Cartoon Network or HBO Max. Check for availability.