Last year, I lamented about the lack of an on-air home for preschool series Pocoyo. Winner of a BAFTA award, three Pucinella Prizes at Cartoons on the Bay and the Best TV Series prize at Annecy, I questioned its nearly-invisible status in the United States.
Well, it looks like the wise folks at Nick Jr. got wind of this property and are following the lead of 100 other territories worldwide. Nick Jr. is now airing this series as interstitials, bringing the quirky tales of Pocoyo and his animal friends to preschoolers on our side of the ocean.
Of course, this will be followed by an extensive toy line featuring characters Pocoyo, Elly the elephant, Pato the duck, and Loula the dog. Previously, we had to import a Pocoyo stuffed doll from the U.K. (I know, a bit extreme). I am sure I will soon be scooping up some of the plush dolls, bath figures and electric cars that Bandai is set to release this fall.
So what makes this show so special? Here’s my pitch from a previous post.
This show truly stands out, featuring sparse white backgrounds covered by bright animations. Narrations from British actor/comedian Stephen Fry lend themselves to the quick and interactive plots. I won’t bore with the list of awards this show has won, but the folks behind this (Spanish producer Zinkia Entertainment) have some serious talent.
Be on the lookout for this must-see preschool TV.
More info @ The Toybook.com
More info @ The Hollywood Reporter