More animals in distress will be rescued with operatic flair when Nick Jr. kicks off a slate of new episodes of its hit preschool series, The Wonder Pets!, on Monday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. (ET/PT). Four new, half-hour installments will air Monday through Thursday, leading up to a Wonder Pets! marathon on Friday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Produced by Little Airplane Prods. (Piper O’Possum, Oobi), The Wonder Pets! is a mini-operetta chronicling the adventures of Linny the Guinea Pig, Ming-Ming Duckling and Turtle Tuck, three young animal pals who travel the world in their flying boat and use teamwork to save other baby animals. The series is animated in a style dubbed photo-puppetry, which allows animators to manipulate photographs of real animals.
The music in Wonder Pets! is written and developed by some of Broadway’s top Tony and Grammy Award-winning talent, including Jeffrey Lesser, a Grammy-winning producer and recording engineer for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Sting and Linda Ronstadt. Award-winning composers and orchestrators from Broadway’s Avenue Q, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Fiddler on the Roof have also worked on the series.
In the new episodes, the Wonder Pets save a camel, some ants, a hedgehog, a crocodile, a bullfrog, a poodle, some sheep and a hermit crab. Each o the adventures will be given encore presentations during the Friday marathon, which will also include past episodes.
Since debuting on Nick. Jr. in March, The Wonder Pets! has consistently ranked among the top three preschool shows on all of commercial TV, according to Nickelodeon. The show airs regularly on Nick Jr. weekdays at 11 a.m.