The Jim Henson Company and Roku partner to bring hundreds of hours of classic and contemporary kids and family programming for the U.S. and U.K. markets
The Jim Henson Company has licensed hundreds of hours of family-friendly content, including multiple Henson classics, to streaming pioneer Roku. The content, which launches on The Roku Channel on April 23, 2020, includes perennial favorites like the Emmy-winning series Mother Goose Stories and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, as well as several titles available for the first time in years.
“Henson’s partnership with Roku is our first big step back into the AVOD market, providing hundreds of hours of our classic content to families,” commented Anna Moorefield, VP, Global Distribution at The Jim Henson Company. “Titles such as Animal Show and The Hoobs have not been available for many years, and now is the perfect time to share these evergreen gems with fans new and old alike.”
Titles available on The Roku Channel include:
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Season 1 (20 x 30’): An Emmy Award-winning puppet series featuring the fun, music, and adventures of favorite characters created by celebrated children’s author Dr. Seuss.
- Mother Goose Stories (13 x 20’): A live-action puppet series, directed by Brian Henson, featuring Mother Goose sharing familiar nursery rhymes with her three impatient, fluffy goslings.
- Animal Show: Season 1 (26 x 30’): Featuring music and merriment, hosts Stinky the Skunk and Jake the Polar Bear welcome guests of the Animal Kingdom to the furriest talk show ever.
- Construction Site (26 x 30’): A special place beyond the fence where, through the antics of the machines, children discover important messages about the nature of learning, thinking, and behaving.
- The Hoobs: Season 1 (125 x 30’): The BAFTA Award-winning series that features a delightful mix of puppetry, animation, and live-action, to inspire children to embrace the power of wonder and curiosity.
- Mopatop’s Shop: Season 1 (65 x 8’): Imagination and fun are always in store at the wondrous Mopatop’s Shop that stocks anything you could ever want, from a rainbow, the hiccups, or a friend. Children are introduced to a variety of concepts such as shapes and musical sounds. Available in the US only.
- The Secret Life of Toys (13x 30’): Follows the adventures of a close-knit band of six toys that live in a world all children dream of visiting and where their first best friends come to life.
- Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola (26 x 30’): Beloved children’s book author Tomie dePaola tells stories featuring his classic storybook characters together with his squirrel friend Gabe.
- Brats of the Lost Nebula (13 x 30’): Follows the adventures of five orphans from different planets who must band together to fight an evil invading force.
- The Ghosts of Faffner Hall (13 x 30’): A music education series set at a grand music conservatory where the residents—human, animal, and monster—enjoy making music of all types.
- Also available is Hi Opie (39 x 8’), a live-action preschool series that follows the social, emotional, and intellectual escapades of 5-year-old puppet Opie. Produced by marblemedia in association with The Jim Henson Company, the series was developed with TVO and in partnership with City Saskatchewan (Rogers Broadcasting, Limited) and Knowledge Network.
Titles available from HIP (Henson Independent Properties), the company’s third party distribution label, include:
- Elias: Rescue Team Adventure (26 x 22’): Elias is a brave, playful little rescue boat with enthusiasm for adventure. This CG-animated preschool series was created to inspire young children to have fun exploring their own world with confidence and courage. Produced by Norway’s Animando and Icelandic studio CAOZ Animation.
- The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (65 x 30’): One of TIME magazine’s top 100 properties of all time and newly remastered in HD, the iconic preschool series stars Teddy and his best friend as they search for ancient crystals with magical powers. Produced by DIC Animation and Atkinson Film-Arts.