‘Luna’ exposes young viewers to social studies concepts while ‘Molly’ follows the adventures of an Alaska Native girl.
ARLINGTON, VA. -- PBS Kids announced this week two new animated series at the PBS Annual Meeting: Let’s Go Luna! and Molly of Denali.
Premiering Nov. 21, Let’s Go Luna! is produced by 9 Story Media Group’s award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films and created by Emmy Award-winning animator, writer and artist Joe Murray (Rocko’s Modern Life, Camp Lazlo). The multiplatform series will debut nationwide on PBS stations, the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms.
Let’s Go Luna! follows the adventures of a wombat from Australia, a butterfly from Mexico and a frog from the U.S. as they traverse the globe with their parents’ traveling performance troupe, “Circo Fabuloso.” At each stop, Luna the Moon, voiced by Judy Greer, guides the trio as they get to know the local region and its people. Let’s Go Luna! will encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore and appreciate cultures worldwide, and build global citizenship and social skills.
Let’s Go Luna! is executive produced by 9 Story’s Vince Commisso and by series creator and showrunner Murray. Dave Brown (Numb Chucks, Octonauts) is directing, with Julie Soebekti and Tanya Green of Brown Bag Films serving as supervising producers. 9 Story Distribution International is managing the worldwide distribution and merchandising rights.
Molly of Denali will debut nationwide in summer 2019 on PBS stations, the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms.
Produced by WGBH Boston, Molly of Denali is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl. Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character.
Molly helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post, a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.
The series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. Each episode will include two 11-minute stories as well as interstitial content, including live-action segments featuring real children and regions in Alaska.
The series is in production on 38 half-hour episodes and a one-hour special. The series is co-produced by WGBH and Atomic Cartoons. Molly of Denali is developed and produced with funding from CPB, the Department of Education’s Ready to Learn Grant, and CBC.
Source: PBS Kids