Apple TV+ today announced a series order for Eva the Owlet, a new animated kids and family series based on the New York Times bestselling Scholastic book series Owl Diaries by award-winning author Rebecca Elliott. Since first being published, the books now have eight foreign language translations and 3 million copies in print.
Produced by Scholastic Entertainment and animated by Brown Bag Films, Eva the Owlet also features original songs by critically acclaimed musician and singer-songwriter Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums.
Eva the Owlet stars Eva, a creative, cheeky owlet who lives next door to her best friend Lucy in the woodland world of Treetopington. With big ideas and an even bigger personality, Eva goes on high-flying adventures, expressing herself in her journal along the way!
The series is the latest in Apple TV+ kids’ changemakers initiative, which brings world-renowned education leaders together with the world’s most creative storytellers to create inspiring and enriching original series for kids. The initiative encourages imagination, self-confidence and critical thinking through Apple Original series, with titles to date including Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Stillwater, Hello, Jack: The Kindness Show, Pretzel and the Puppies and many more.
For Eva the Owlet, Apple TV+ partnered with changemaker John F. Evans, MAT, MA, Ed.D., a writing clinician, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach at Duke Integrative Medicine, and the founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, LLC. With James Pennebaker, Evans co-authored Expressive Writing: Words That Heal, which has been published in six languages. He works with individuals and groups to teach them how to use writing for better physical, emotional and mental health, and collaborated with executive producers and Scholastic Entertainment to help develop the series and infuse lessons around the value of using writing as a tool for healthy self-expression.
Eva the Owlet is executive produced by Scholastic Entertainment’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated team including Iole Lucchese (Clifford the Big Red Dog), Caitlin Friedman (Caster) and Jef Kaminsky (Stillwater). Head series writers and Daytime Emmy Award nominees Annabeth Bondor-Stone (Helpsters) and Connor White (Helpsters) serve as co-executive producers, and Daytime Emmy Award nominee Damien O’Connor (Angela’s Christmas 1 & 2) serves as series director.
The series is produced by award-winning Scholastic Entertainment (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, The Magic School Bus), and animated by 9 Story Media Group’s Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated studio Brown Bag Films in Dublin and Bali (Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Octonauts).
Young Apple TV+ viewers can also look forward to Season 2 of Harriet the Spy, streaming all-new episodes on Friday, May 20 and Lovely Little Farm on June 10. Plus, the streamer’s summer slate will deliver new series Duck & Goose and more Peanuts animation (read more).
The expanding lineup of original animation for kids and families on Apple TV+ includes El Deafo, Pinecone & Pony, Harriet the Spy (The Jim Henson Company), Wolfboy and the Everything Factory (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment), Get Rolling with Otis (9 Story Media Group and Brown Bag Films – Dublin), Oscar-nominated feature Wolfwalkers (Cartoon Saloon), Peabody Award-winning series Stillwater, new series and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain (Snoopy in Space, Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne) and Daytime Emmy-winning TV event Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, based on the New York Times best-selling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers.