Apple TV+ has released the official trailer for Stillwater, a new animated preschool series based on Jon J Muth’s Caldecott Honor Children’s book series Zen Shorts. The charming adaptation’s first season debuts with six episodes on Friday, December 4.
Stillwater tells the story of a beautiful friendship formed between siblings Karl, Addy and Michael and their next-door neighbor, a wise panda named Stillwater. Karl, Addy and Michael will experience life, with Stillwater opening their eyes to the quiet wonders of the world around them and guiding them through their place within it.
(Read more about the show in the upcoming January issue of Animation Magazine, available soon!)
The voice cast includes James Sie (Jackie Chan Adventures, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Avatar: The Last Airbender) in the role of ‘Stillwater’; Judah Mackey (The Young and the Restless, The Morning Show) as ‘Karl’; Eva Binder (Grey’s Anatomy, All Rise, Imaginary Lines) as ‘Addy’; Tucker Chandler (Madagascar: A Little Wild, I Lost My Body, Samsam) as ‘Michael’.
Stillwater is executive produced by Rob Hoegee, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman and Jef Kaminsky, and directed by Jun Falkenstein, Amber Tornquist Hollinger, Roy Burdine and Gary Hartle. Rob Hoegee serves as writer alongside Craig Lewis, Denise Downer, Lisa Kettle, Amy Wolfram, Sindy McKay, A.J. Marchisello and Tanner Marchisello.
The theme song for Stillwater, entitled “Never Ending Dream,” was written and composed by singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Kishi Bashi, and will be released on Apple Music on November 13 and wide on December 4. Kishi Bashi also composed the series’ beautiful score with fellow composer Toby Chu.