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Apple TV+ Greenlights ‘Sago Mini Friends’ Original Preschool Series

Inspired by the popular kids’ app, the show features Harvey the floppy-eared dog and his friends who model optimism, kindness, and true thankfulness; Spin Master is producing, with animation by Brown Bag Films.

Apple TV+ just greenlit a new original preschool animated series, Sago Mini Friends. Produced by Spin Master Entertainment and animated by Brown Bag Films, the show is based on the characters and designs featured in the Sago Mini World app, developed by Sago Mini. No release date was announced.

According to the streamer, Sago Mini Friends is an adorable nod to gratitude, featuring Harvey the floppy-eared dog and his best friends, Jinja the cat, Jack the rabbit, and Robin the bird. The four friends play, explore, imagine, and celebrate daily in their joyful town of Sagoville. In each episode, Harvey and all his friends express their true thankfulness for all things, big and small, through optimism, kindness, preschool-friendly humor, and unforgettable original songs.

The Sago Mini World app features over 40 games for kids ages 2-5 years old and has been recognized by the Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, the Webby Awards, the Academics’ Choice Media Awards, and the Kidscreen Awards. It encourages children to play, build, create, and pretend with digital games that foster imagination and curiosity.

The series is executive produced by Jennifer Dodge (PAW Patrol), Ronnen Harary (PAW Patrol), Tone Thyne (Wonder Pets!), and Dustin Ferrer (Esme & Roy). Laura Clunie (PAW Patrol) and Toni Stevens (PAW Patrol) serve as co-executive producers, with Chad Hicks (Kingdom Force) serving as series director. The series is produced by Spin Master Entertainment (PAW Patrol), and animated by 9 Story Media Group’s Emmy Award-winning studio Brown Bag Films - Toronto (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Blue’s Clues & You!, Wild Kratts).

The expanding lineup of original films and series for kids and families on Apple TV+ also includes the critically acclaimed El Deafo, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, and Harriet the Spy from The Jim Henson Company; Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show from Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero; Wolfboy and the Everything Factory from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment; Get Rolling with Otis from 9 Story Media Group and Brown Bag Films – Dublin; Puppy Place. Ghostwriter. and Helpsters from Sesame Workshop; and Academy Award-nominated animated film Wolfwalkers; Peabody Award-winning series Stillwater. New series and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain include Snoopy in Space Season 2 and Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne; and Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, the Daytime Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times best-selling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers.

Source: Apple TV+

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.