The Jim Henson Company releases an interactive app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch based on the company’s PAJANIMALS preschool series.
Hollywood, CA --
The Jim Henson Company in conjunction with multi-platform video game developer N-Fusion Interactive Entertainment has just released an interactive app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, based on Henson’s preschool series, PAJANIMALS, currently airing in the U.S. on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and on the new Saturday morning NBC Kids block.
The PAJANIMALS App, an interactive adaptation of the episode “Light in the Sky,” lets children join in the fun with their favorite PAJANIMALS characters. Filled with engaging activities that play off of the theme of the episode, as well as charming music and animation, the fully 3D app will extend the reach of the TV series onto iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
“PAJANIMALS has already developed a loyal and enthusiastic fan base among parents and their young children, and now those fans will be able to enjoy interacting with their favorite characters in a whole new way,” said Melissa Segal, SVP, Global Consumer Products, The Jim Henson Company. “Our creative relationship with N-Fusion enabled us to deliver an outstanding interactive experience that expands upon the TV show.”
“Our goal was to introduce the first PAJANIMALS App in a way that captures the warmth and emotional honesty of the TV series by allowing children and parents to interact with the PAJANIMALS’ world in a more personal way,” stated Jeff Birns, CEO, N-Fusion Interactive Entertainment Corp. “Having this wonderful set of characters helped us to achieve that.”
The PAJANIMALS series follows the amazing adventures of four sweet and gentle characters: Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo. Through their imaginary journeys, these cuddly musical puppets venture out on amazing adventures of discovery, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully.
Produced in Northern Ireland as a co-production between The Jim Henson Company, Sprout and Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South Television, PAJANIMALS has obtained funding assistance from Northern Ireland Screen. The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford serve as Executive Producers for the series, along with Alex Rockwell and Jeff Muncy. PAJANIMALS was created by Muncy and Rockwell. Andrew Beecham is Executive Producer for Sprout and Sprout’s Lisa O’Brien serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Sixteen South’s Colin Williams is producer for the series, with Michael and Patty Silversher composing the music. The series airs in the U.S. on Sprout, the 24-hour digital cable channel dedicated to preschoolers. The Jim Henson Company is handling all ancillary use of the property including licensing, video and merchandising.
Source: The Jim Henson Company
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.