The Jim Henson Company is producing a fourth season of the popular pre-school series Word Party for Netflix.
Bringing the total number of episodes up to 60, the series – a Netflix Original – will be available to audiences via the streaming service in the US and around the world.
Created by Alex Rockwell (Pajanimals, Bear in the Big Blue House), Word Party is a pre-school show that invites the children to help take care of four baby animals as they work their way through their daily routines.
This season, the “Babies” welcome Tilly, a new baby tortoise character that will be part of the show’s new dual-language format, teaching Mandarin in English-speaking countries, and English in non-English speaking countries.
Tilly and the other Babies (Lulu the panda, Bailey the elephant, Kip the wallaby, and Franny the cheetah) will directly ask for help from the “Big Kids” at home, granting the audience authority to guide the action, as well providing a context for vocabulary acquisition.
Also new this season are ten short-form music videos that will reflect the show’s curriculum with fun and catchy original songs.
“On social media, we’ve seen our youngest fans having a blast dancing, playing, and really engaging with the Word Party Babies," commented Halle Stanford, president of television, The Jim HensonCompany.
"Kids and parents have been asking for more Word Party fun and our new episodes will deliver with a new baby, Tilly the Tortoise, and more original dance party songs.”
Alex Rockwell, creator and executive producer of the series, added: "There’s a new baby coming to the playroom. Our new episodes will tell stories, sing songs, and teach words that can help our young audience grapple with the complex emotions around the arrival of a younger sibling.
"We’ll also Introduce a new dual language format, which is especially exciting since the earlier you introduce a second language, the easier it is for a child to pick up its unique sounds. Parents and kids will join us in celebrating the joy of learning words in two languages."