Apple TV+ today announced an expanded lineup of series for kids and families that will premiere globally this fall alongside its award-winning slate, including new animated series Wolfboy and the Everything Factory, from creators Toff Mazery and Edward Jesse; Get Rolling with Otis, based on the popular books by New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Loren Long; and live-action scripted series Puppy Place, based on the Scholastic best-selling book series.
Wolfboy and the Everything Factory — Inspired by the work of visual artist Toff ‘Wirrow’ Mazery, co-created by Emmy winner Edward Jesse (HITRECORD’s Create Together), developed by Emmy winner Michael Ryan (All Hail King Julien, Kung Fu Panda) and executive produced by Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mr. Corman), HITRECORD and FOX Entertainment’s Bento Box Entertainment, the 10-episode animated epic follows Wolfboy (voiced by Kassian Akhtar), an imaginative oddball who discovers a strange realm at the center of the earth where fantastical beings called ‘Sprytes’ create things for the natural world on the surface — clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, time … everything! With his newfound Spryte friends, Wolfboy learns that not only can he use the creative energy of the Everything Factory to make his wild imagination come to life, but that he is destined to play a central role in an age-old battle between the forces of creation and destruction. Wolfboy soon comes to realize that being different is what makes him special — and that, ultimately, it’s the oddballs and dreamers who change the world.
In addition to young newcomer Akhtar as the titular Wolfboy, the series is voiced by Critics’ Choice Award nominee Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit) as Sprout, Lilly Williams as Xandra, Cristina Milizia (DC Superhero Girls) as Floof and Gordon-Levitt voicing Professor Luxcraft. The series is peppered with a number of special performances, including Juno Temple (Ted Lasso) and Gordon-Levitt’s former 3rd Rock from the Sun castmate, stage and screen legend John Lithgow.
Creators Mazery and Jesse are joined by showrunner Ryan as writers and executive producers, while HITRECORD founder Gordon-Levitt, Emmy winner Jared Geller (Create Together) and Emmy winners and Bento Box Co-Founders Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara (Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons) also executive produce. All 10 episodes of the first season of Wolfboy and the Everything Factory will premiere Friday, September 24, on Apple TV+.
Get Rolling with Otis — Based on the Penguin Random House book series by Loren Long, Get Rolling With Otis will premiere globally on Apple TV+ Friday, October 8. This animated adventure series from 9 Story Media Group and Brown Bag Films welcomes young viewers to Long Hill Dairy Farm, home to Otis the Tractor and all his friends. Otis may be little, but he has a big heart. Whenever he sees a friend in need, he hits the brakes, asks how they’re feeling, and rolls into action to help! The series is executive produced by Vince Commisso, Wendy Harris, author Loren Long, Darragh O’Connell, Angela C. Santomero and Jane Startz.
Puppy Place — Based on the best-selling books from Scholastic, Puppy Place chronicles the adventures of dog-loving siblings, Charles and Lizzie Peterson, and the puppy pals they foster in search of forever homes. Premiering on Apple TV+ Friday, October 15, each of the eight live-action episodes tells the story of a puppy who finds his or her way to the Peterson family. Charles (Riley Looc) and Lizzie (Brooklynn MacKinzie), whose different approaches complement, inspire, and occasionally confound one another, do whatever it takes to find a happy, loving home for each and every dog. Discovering what makes each puppy special offers a unique perspective that helps the pair overcome their own individual hurdles. Produced by Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman and Jef Kaminsky of Scholastic Entertainment, Andrew Green, Linda Mathious, Heather MacGillvray, Vincent Brown and Ari Posner.
The newly announced series will join Apple TV+’s series and films from some of today’s most trusted franchises in kids and family programming, including Daytime Emmy Award-winning Ghostwriter and Helpsters from Sesame Workshop; Academy Award-nominated animated film Wolfwalkers; Daytime Emmy Award-winner for Outstanding Special Class Daytime Animated Program, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth; new series from Peanuts and WildBrain including The Snoopy Show; as well as upcoming series Fraggle Rock and Harriet the Spy from The Jim Henson Company; and Jane, a new mission-driven series from J.J. Johnson, Sinking Ship Entertainment and the Jane Goodall Institute.