As already reported, "Jim Henson's Pajanimals", the Jim Henson Company's newest puppet series, is planned to debut on PBS KIDS Sprout in November 2008 as part of the network's evening programming block. The short-form series will help parents and children unwind at the end of the day and prepare for bed. The series stars four soft and cuddly animal puppets, designed by Jeff Muncy and built by the Jim Henson's Creature Shop, which share all-new bedtime-themed songs about typical childhood night time issues (such as sleeping through the night and not being afraid of the dark). The series has been developed with consultation from expert pediatric sleep specialists (who also offer bedtime advice to parents in special companion segments available on Sprout On Demand).
The Pajanimals include Sweetpea Sue, Squacky, Cow Bella and Apollo. They are good-natured and funny characters. Sweetpea Sue is a smart pony who never forgets her bedtime routine of brushing her teeth, washing her face and putting on her PJs. Squacky is an excitable duck who sometimes has a hard time settling down at night. Cow Bella, a well-mannered cow, is the one who encourages the rest of the bunch to "do the right thing" around bedtime. And there's Apollo, an upbeat and optimistic puppy who loves space adventures but experiences separation anxiety come bedtime.
Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford are executive producing the series along with Jeff Muncy and Alex Rockwell; and the series will feature original music written by Michael and Patty Silversher with lyrics by Rockwell and Judy Rothman.
Below is an excluive sneak-peek at the Pajanimals sining one of the original new songs. Check out the video and be sure to check back here for more Pajanimals updates as things continue to develop on this new bedtime program.