Sesame Workshop’s first new animated series in more than a decade will make its North American and Canadian debut this August.
Called Esme & Roy, the animated series is the result of a joint venture between the makers of Sesame Street and Nelvana. It will air on HBO in the US and Treehous in Canada later this year.
The series follows the adventures of a young girl called Esme and her best monster friend, Roy and their business as monster babysitters in the land of Monsterdale.
Targeting kids aged four to six, the 26 episode series aims to offer a new approach to learning through play and mindfulness strategies. It will feature the voice talent of Millie Davis (Wonder, Odd Squad) and Patrick McKenna (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania: The Series).
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with some of the most talented and creative forces in the industry on this new series,” said Steve Youngwood, president of media and education and chief operating officer, Sesame Workshop.
“Packed with humour, heart and valuable lessons, Esme & Roy represents the kind of quality programming that families have trusted Sesame Workshop to deliver for nearly 50 years, tailor made for a new generation of kids and parents.”
Scott Dyer, president of Nelvana, added: “From its early beginnings, the NElvana team knew Esme & Roy was destined to be a very special commission. Working with our incredible partners at Sesame Workshop, our world-class animation studio and its talented team of animators brought thus truly imaginative series to life with beautiful artistry that perfectly complements the spirit of the series.
“Children and parents alike will enjoy learning and playing as they watch Esme & Roy together and we couldn’t be more delighted to showcase this brilliant series to audiences.”
Created by TV veterans Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg (Peg+Cat, Team Umizoomi, Wonder Pets and Shimmer and Shine)< Esme & Roy is produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s animation studio Nelvana.