HULU TO DEBUT JIM HENSON’S “DOOZERS,” THE FIRST ORIGINAL SERIES FOR HULU KIDS
Animated Preschool Series Inspired by Beloved “Fraggle Rock” Characters to Launch Exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu and Hulu Plus on April 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Today Hulu announced its first original series pickup for Hulu Kids with “Doozers,” the innovative animated preschool series from The Jim Henson Company (“Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid”) and DHX Media (“Yo Gabba Gabba” and “Johnny Test!”). The 52-episode Hulu Original encourages children to design and create, and is inspired by the wildly popular characters from the classic Henson series “Fraggle Rock.”
Hulu Kids viewers will be introduced to the fun and adventurous “Pod Squad,” Spike, Molly Bolt, Flex and Daisy Wheel. The four Doozer kids live at the edges of our world and right under our noses in the fantastical, modern and eco-friendly Doozer Creek. They’re green, they’re cute, they’re three inches tall and full of energy, ideas and enthusiasm. Doozers put their ideas into action and change their dreams into reality, from designing a Doozer Derby racing car to flying in a kaleidoscope of butterflies or building a giant gingerbread house! The series celebrates the spirit of being an innovator and inspires all kids to have an “I can do it” attitude. “Doozers” features a ground breaking design thinking curriculum, which is part of an overall STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) initiative.
“The series encourages kids to embrace their own creativity. Inspired by a whole new group of whimsical characters our viewers will want to design, tinker and experiment with their own ideas while learning to have confidence and resilience to reach their goals,” said The Jim Henson Company’s CEO Lisa Henson. “Our pod squad is right at home with Hulu Kids, because Hulu is a company of builders and innovators like the Doozers, and because kids can learn from and spend time with these characters on-demand like never before.”
“Doozers” debuts on Hulu and Hulu Plus on Friday, April 25. “Doozers” is a Hulu Original Series for Hulu Kids, Hulu’s ad-free hub just for kids featuring current-season hits and past favorites such as “Fraggle Rock,” “Pokemon,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Thomas and Friends,” “Caillou” and more at http://www.hulu.com/kids.
“Doozers” is executive-produced by Lisa Henson, and Henson’s Executive Vice President of Children’s Entertainment, Halle Stanford, DHX’s Media’s President and COO Steven DeNure and Senior Vice-President Anne Loi. The series is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and DHX, with assistance from the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit and the participation of The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
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About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals as well as the new series Doozers, a CG animated preschool series. Features include The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and the upcoming Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and television productions include Fraggle Rock the sci-fi cult series Farscape, and the new reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring “Puppet-Up! – Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show.
About DHX Media
DHX Media (www.dhxmedia.com) is a leader in the creation, production and licensing of family entertainment rights. DHX Media owns, markets and distributes 9,500 half hours of children’s entertainment content, and exploits owned properties through its consumer products licensing business. DHX Media is recognized for brands such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test and Super WHY!. DHX Media’s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich and Amsterdam and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange