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Jim Henson was a genius puppeteer, artist, inventor, screenwriter, actor, film director, and producer, and brought the world such indelible characters as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Gonzo, Rowlf the Dog, Bunsen and Beaker and others, collectively known as The Muppets. He also created the Sesame Street Muppets like Ernie & Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Grover. In addition to creating The Muppet Show and the first three Muppet feature films, Jim also conceived the awe-inspiring fantasy film The Dark Crystal; the stunning visual-effects laden live-action feature Labyrinth; the perennial favorite, Fraggle Rock; and numerous other beloved titles like Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmasand The Storyteller.
You probably know these classic titles from your own childhood, but you may not realize that The Jim Henson Company continues to create favorite childhood friends with some of the most popular and acclaimed children’s programming titles available! Today, Jim Henson’s children continue to own and run the uniquely independent and creative company he founded, and under the leadership of Lisa Henson (CEO) and Brian Henson (Chairman), the company continues to create fresh, new characters and fantastical worlds that speak to today’s audiences, abiding by the essence of the Henson brand – innovation!
Dinosaur Train - This four-time Emmy Award-nominated animated series embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills! Buddy and his friends can be seen daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
Doozers - Inspired by the wildly popular characters from the classic Henson series Fraggle Rock, Doozers is a modern series for modern families that encourages kids to design, create and innovate, and all while having a blast playing and learning together. You can watch Doozers on Hulu!
Pajanimals – These four cuddly characters welcome children to play games, sing songs and join them on fun adventures. In every episode, Sweetpea Sue the pony the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow Cowbella and the optimistic puppy Appollo resolve challenges typically encountered during every preschooler’s day. You can watch Pajanimals on Sprout.
Sid the Science Kid - Starring everyone’s favorite inquisitive and funny preschooler, Sid the Science Kid uses music and humor to celebrate children’s natural curiosity about science in everyday life! Through their adventures, Sid and his friends introduce children to fun themes like weather, seasons, the five senses, simple machines and fitness. You can watch Sid the Science Kid on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
Hi Opie! - Emphasizing education through play, this live-action series follows lovable puppet Opie as he navigates kindergarten alongside his human classmates. This lovable little puppet has lots of real-life friends -- that's what makes kindergarten so much fun! You can watch Hi Opie!on Netflix.
Additionally, the folks at The Jim Henson Company are working on Enchanted Sisters, a new television series based on these fabulous new books that are available now!
Sisters Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer are nature's royalty. In Mother Nature's realm, they're responsible for each magical turn of the seasons. When they're not keeping all of nature in balance, the girls play, imagine, and explore their way around their enchanted world. And though they love harmony, the sisters often cross paths with the Weeds -- wild boys who bring trouble with them wherever they go.
And now, here is our fun review and giveaway opportunity from The Jim Henson Company and our partners at PBS Distribution, NCircle, Simon & Schuster & Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing!
Four DVDs featuring stories that are perfect for Halloween!
DVD: Dinosaur Train: Buddy's Halloween Adventure from PBS Distribution: From visiting a haunted house for a spooky party in the story “Haunted Roundhouse,” to learning about “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween in the adventure “Big Pond Pumpkin Patch,” this DVD features four spooktastic tales the entire family will enjoy! (SRP: $7.99)
DVD: Doozers: Spookypalooza from NCircle It's Spookypalooza! The Pod Squad makes the spookiest pumpkin ever – a cool “Pumpkin Doozer” made by stacking three pumpkins together. But when their new invention starts rolling all around town, the Doozers have to find a way to reign in their spooky creation! Enjoy four STEM-based adventures with the Doozers! (SRP $6.99)
DVD: Pajanimals: Spooky Costumes from NCircle: Cowbella is nervous about trick or treating because she doesn’t like all the scary vampires and zombies she saw at a party. A trip to Storybook Land reveals that those vampires and werewolves are just costumes that the big kids wear to have fun, just like her pretty princess costume! (SRP $6.99)
DVD: Sid the Science Kid: Sid’s Spooky Halloween from NCircle: Halloween can be spooky and scientific as Sid and his friends discover how bats catch mosquitoes, why spiders are expert engineer web builders, and how skeletons make up the foundation of our bodies! Later the kids dress up to celebrate Halloween at school with Teacher Suzie! (SRP $6.99)
Two Doozer Ready-to-Read Paperback Books from Simon & Schuster
In Doozers Catch A Ride, everyone in the Pod Squad has a very special vehicle to help them get around Doozer Creek—everyone except Molly Bolt, so her friends decide to get together and build the perfect ride for her! When Molly Bolt takes each of their vehicles for a spin, where she realizes she wants a vehicle as unique as she is! (SRP: $3.99)
And in Doozers Stick With It, the Pod Squad wants to make their neighborhood a better place, so they decide to build a new playground for everyone to enjoy! Spike invented a Super Sticking Spray to join pieces together, but when the spray turns from super sticky to super slippery, Professor Gimbal slips and falls—and gets stuck in the playground equipment! (SRP: $3.99)
Enchanted Sisters: Winter’s Flurry Adventure Winter from Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing
Winter loves to play with her sisters, Autumn, Spring, and Summer, but her very best friend is her pet polar bear, Flurry. He's the perfect companion for sledding, ice skating, and all kinds of wild escapades. When Winter and Flurry find a baby arctic fox, Winter loves him immediately… which makes Flurry very jealous.. and sends him running to play with the Weeds. But these wild boys bring trouble wherever they go and Winter will need the help of all of her enchanted sisters to get him back! (SRP: 15.99)
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