Welcome to the neighborhood!
A new series from Fred Rogers Productions and PBS Kids introduces kids to Donkey Hodie this winter, in which the titular character puppet is the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie puppet from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The social-emotional series is set in the land of Someplace Else, also based on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In every episode, Donkey Hodie — a yellow donkey with a magenta mohawk — and her friends Purple Panda, Duck Duck, and Bob Dog empower preschoolers to dream big and overcome life’s obstacles. The half-hour episodes will also feature new, original music and reimagined songs from Rogers’ original show to reaffirm each story’s positive message.
“Life lessons like following your dreams and persevering have always been core to PBS Kids’ DNA,” said Linda Simensky, head of PBS Kids content, in a statement. “With a little help from Donkey Hodie and her friends, today’s kids will learn how to come up with creative solutions to the everyday problems they encounter and keep trying until they achieve their goals.”
Joining Donkey Hodie this winter, a new season of PBS Kids’ Odd Squad premieres on Feb. 17 with an all-new cast to solve even more brainteasing oddities. With more than 20 half-hour episodes, the live-action show will see the squad traveling around the globe and solving puzzles.
An official Odd Squad podcast, titled Odd Squadcast, will debut this summer as squad leader “Miss O” — now “The Big O” — hosts a weekly radio show for agents around the world while simultaneously attempting to stop an invasion at headquarters. Then, a new season of the YouTube show OddTube will return this fall for a second season starring Agent Orla.
This year has so much in store for PBS Kids viewers!