Universal Kids has announced July dates for the U.S. television premieres for two new adventure-fueled animated series: Where’s Waldo? and Norman Picklestripes.
Where’s Waldo? brings the iconic character to life in a new animated series from DreamWorks Animation, executive producer F.M. De Marco (Spy Kids: Mission Critical) and co-executive producer John Tellegen (Spy Kids: Mission Critical). Twelve-year-old Waldo (voiced by Joshua Rush) and his best friend Wenda (Haley Tju) are members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society — the international order of curious travelers who circle the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems through observation. Their mentor — Wizard Whitebeard (Thomas Lennon), a seasoned wanderer — sends these inquisitive young adventurers on international travel missions so they can earn their stripes and someday become wizard-level wanderers too. But standing in Waldo and Wenda’s way is their rival Odlulu (Eva Carlton), who can’t help but cause trouble wherever she goes.
The series premieres Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. on Universal Kids. A sneak peek will launch July 1 on the network’s digital platforms, including VOD, universalkids.com and the Universal Kids app.
From Emmy-winning executive producers Alex Rockwell (Word Party, Pajanimals) and Judy Rothman Rofé (Julie’s Greenroom, Madeline), Norman Picklestripes follows the comedic adventures of Plywood Forest’s can-do handyman. Norm’s mission is to make the forest a harmonious, peaceful place free of leaky maple trees and loud possum parties. Original Broadway-inspired songs are featured in each episode, with Emmy-winning Jeffrey Zahn serving as the series Music Supervisor. Norman Picklestripes is produced in stop motion by BAFTA and Kidscreen Award-winning, multi-genre animation studio Factory.
Series premieres Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. on Universal Kids. Sneak peek launches July 15 on Universal Kids VOD, UniversalKids.com and the Universal Kids app. An encore sneak peek will air on Universal Kids on July 20 at 10:30 a.m., following the premiere of Where’s Waldo?