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Peacock Slates CG ‘Caillou’ Reboot, ‘L’il Stompers’; ‘The Bad Guys’ Streams Friday

Caillou
Caillou (WildBrain/Island of Misfits)

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Peacock Slates CG ‘Caillou’ Reboot, ‘L’il Stompers’; ‘The Bad Guys’ Streams Friday

Peacock announced a new, original, CG series reboot of classic 1997 animated series Caillou and plush dino pre-k adventure L’il Stompers are joining its original kids’ programming slate. Peacock has also picked up the rights to five 44-minute Caillou event specials, focusing on significant childhood occasions. In addition, DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys will stream exclusively on Peacock beginning July 1.

These new titles join a robust collection of Peacock Original kids’ offerings, including the previously announced Press Start!, Team Mekbots Animal Rescue, Dinopops, The Makery and Babble Bop! Season 2. Peacock Original kids’ programming is set to rollout monthly beginning in 2023.

Peacock Original kids’ titles currently streaming on the platform include Babble Bop!, Curious George: Cape Ahoy and the DreamWorks Animation series Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Ski, Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!, Cleopatra in Space and Where’s Waldo?

Caillou

Caillou

Caillou is an 52 x 11-minute, CG-animated preschool series about the home and social life of a sensitive and imaginative four-year-old boy named Caillou and the supportive family and friends that help him navigate his big feelings. In the new reboot of the 2D classic, Caillou will tackle tricky problems and powerful emotions by imagining himself, his family and his friends as characters in exciting make-believe adventures based on his favorite toys and books.

The new series is headed by showrunner Miklos Perlus and writer Amanda Smith; produced by WildBrain and Island of Misfits (IoM) Media Ventures.

Caillou

Caillou (WildBrain/Island of Misfits)

Peacock has also picked up the rights to five 44-minute Caillou event specials, focusing on significant childhood occasions. The standalone event specials will feature storylines for Christmas, Halloween, summer vacation, anti-bullying and celebration of family themes. Each story will push further into the rich imaginative potential of Caillou’s inner world than ever before. By telling bigger stories, we get a better understanding of Caillou’s struggles and victories, with the ultimate satisfaction of knowing things are always wrapped up in a happy ending.

The CG specials, also produced by WildBrain and IoM, are directed by Greg Richardson and written by Carly DeNure (Special Episode 1), Diana Moore (Special Episodes 2 & 4), Jagjiwan Sohal (Special Episode 3) and Brian Hartigan (Special Episode 5). Executive producers are Josh Scherba, Anne Loi, Stephanie Betts, Meaghan Clark and Dana Landry.

L'il Stompers

L’il Stompers (Isand of Misfits)

Li’l Stompers (65 x 5′) features a cuddly bunch of stuffed dinosaurs seeking adventure and knowledge of the amazing world around them. Our adorable friends support one another as they take on hard topics and learn about life in the soft, cozy, crafted world of the Stomping Grounds.

Each character-focused episode features an age-appropriate challenging situation, using real problem-solving and coping strategies and laughter along the way. The show models how to deal with socio-emotional themes such as practice and persistence, listening to others, adapting to new things, and appreciation of differences.

Produced by IoM, L’il Stompers is created, directed, written and executive produced by Phillip Stamp, with Greg Richardson as series director and Bernice Vanderlaan as executive story editor. Meaghan Clark, Dana Landry and Aaron Simpson are also exec producers. Cheryl Gotthelf is educational contributor.

The Bad Guys

Streaming exclusively on Peacock on July 1, DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys follows the most notorious criminals in the world as they attemp to pull off their biggest job yet – going good. Showcasing a brand-new crew of lovable and edgy characters bursting with personality, the film embraces individuality with each character’s unique skillset, ranging from hacking and disguise to muscle and drive.

The family action-comedy boasts a star-studded voice cast including Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Marc Maron (GLOW), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine), Anthony Ramos (In The Heights) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as the bad guys, alongside co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lily Singh (Bad Moms), Emmy  winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Richard Ayoade (Paddington 2).

Directed by Pierre Perifel (Bilby) from a screenplay by Etan Cohen, The Bad Guys is based on the Scholastic children’s graphic novels by Aaron Blabey that earned a spot on the New York Times bestselling list for more than 100 weeks and have sold a combined total of more than 1 million copies to-date. Producerrs are Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley, exec producers are Cohen, Blabey and Patrick Hughes.   

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