The Sesame Street Gang is getting a cyberpunk retrofit. At least a family-friendly version. Warner Media announced that they are doing an animated science fiction version of the popular kids’ show with ‘Sesame Street Mecha Builders,’ set to be released on HBO Max and Cartoon Network on the latter’s Cartoonito programming block.
They say in a press release, “WarnerMedia Kids & Family and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, today announced the next phase of their growing content partnership. Sesame Street Mecha Builders, the first of many new Sesame Workshop originals for WarnerMedia’s Cartoonito preschool programming block, is set to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in early May.”
They continued, “Sesame Street Mecha Builders reimagines Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby as robot heroes in training who use their STEM superpowers to solve wacky larger-than-life problems. Animated in a dynamic 3D style, this series will help older preschoolers practice foundational critical thinking skills while laughing along with their Sesame Street friends. The first five episodes will air on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network on Monday, May 9, hitting HBO Max the following day.”
This will be the first of several Sesame Street spin-offs including one that adapts ‘The Nutcracker’ with Elmo starring in the feature.
Warner Bros. Global Kids exec Tom Ascheim expressed his enthusiasm in a statement, “Our relationship with Sesame Workshop is critical in ensuring that we have an ongoing lineup of content that parents find unquestionably safe, educational, and entertaining for their kids to enjoy.”
“The new and classic properties we’re developing together have just the right multigenerational appeal to resonate with parents and children alike, with fresh music and characters offering some surprises along the way,” he added.
‘Sesame Street’ continues to air on PBS, entering its fifty-second season with over four thousand episodes airing. The show began streaming to HBO Max in 2016.
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