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Apple TV+ Announces Summer Animation Slate

Shows coming this summer include ‘Duck & Goose,’ a preschool series based on the New York Times best-selling books by Tad Hills; new Peanuts’ special ‘Lucy’s School;’The Snoopy Show’ returning for Season 2; as well as classic Peanuts titles from Mendelson/Melendez Productions.

Apple TV+ revealed its summer slate, including a new animated original series, animated special, and returning fan favorite animated series. Duck & Goose, based on the New York Times best-selling books by Tad Hills, produced by Titmouse, hits the streamer July 8, with a new original Peanuts special, Lucy’s School, following on August 12. The Snoopy Show also returns this summer with new episodes.

Debuting on the platform on August 5 are a slew of classic Peanuts titles from Mendelson/Melendez Productions, including: A Charlie Brown Celebration; He’s A Bully, Charlie Brown; He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown; It Was A Short Summer; Charlie Brown; It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown; There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown; Why, Charlie Brown, Why?; You’re In Love, Charlie Brown; and You’re The Greatest, Charlie Brown.

Take a look at all the cool stuff coming to Apple TV+ this summer:

Duck & Goose - Season 1: Premieres July 8

The 2D animated preschool series celebrates the unique friendship of Duck and Goose, two best feathered friends that don't always see beak to beak. That is until they discover that embracing and appreciating each other's differences can help them think up entirely new ideas to help solve everyday challenges, both big and small.

The show is directed by Brian Muelhaupt (Sesame Street) with executive producers Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted); Douglas Wood; Chris Prynoski (Harriet the Spy); Shannon Prynoski (Harriet the Spy); Ben Kalina (Harriet the Spy) Antonio Canobbio (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Tad Hills. Peabody Award winner Douglas Wood (Bob the Builder, Little Einsteins) served as showrunner.

The Snoopy Show - Season 2: Premieres August 5

The world’s most iconic dog is ready for his close-up. Dive into new adventures with the happy-dancing, high-flying, big-dreaming beagle, who’s joined by best friend Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, the series is directed by Rob Boutilier (Snoopy in Space) and executive produced by Craig Schulz; Paige Braddock; Josh Scherba; Stephanie Betts; Mark Evestaff; and Anne Loi; and produced by Kimberly Small.

Lucy’s School: New Family Special Premieres August 12

The Peanuts gang is anxious about starting at a new school in the Fall, inspiring Lucy to start her own school instead – but teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds. Lucy’s School is a love letter to teachers and an appreciation of what makes teaching such a noble and fulfilling profession. It explores the fear of change and shows Lucy facing and overcoming her fears with the support of her friends.

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, the special is directed by Raymond S. Persi (It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown) and executive produced by Craig Schulz; Bryan Schulz; Cornelius Uliano; Paige Braddock; Josh Scherba; Stephanie Betts; Amir Nasrabadi; and Anne Loi; and produced by James Brown and Timothy Jason Smith.

The expanding and award-winning lineup of original animated films and series for kids and families on Apple TV+ also includes the recently premiered critically-acclaimed El Deafo; Pinecone and the Pony; Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock and Harriet the Spy from The Jim Henson Company; Wolfboy and the Everything Factory from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment; Get Rolling with Otis; Helpsters from Sesame Workshop; Academy Award-nominated animated film Wolfwalkers from Cartoon Saloon; new series and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Snoopy in Space Season 2, It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown, and For Auld Lang Syne; Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, the Daytime Emmy Award-winning television event based Oliver Jeffers’ New York Times best-selling book and TIME Best Book; and the recently announced Sago Mini Friends.

Source: Apple TV+

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is assistant news editor at Animation World Network.