Toronto –9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it is in production on the new animated series Luna Around The World, for PBS KIDS. Created by Emmy Award-winning animator, writer and artist Joe Murray (Rocko’s Modern Life, Camp Lazlo), this new multiplatform series will debut nationwide in fall 2018 on PBS stations, the new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms. With a social studies curriculum, Luna Around The World will encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore and appreciate cultures from all over the world, and build global citizenship and social skills. 9 Story Distribution International manages distribution and merchandising rights for the series worldwide, excluding Canada.
“Our approach with Luna Around The World is to offer engaging stories and adventures that are fun, developmentally appropriate and align with our whole-child approach to content,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “Luna is a trusted guide who will encourage children to learn about the world beyond their own neighborhoods. The series seeks to foster an appreciation for cultural diversity, developing social and civic skills and promoting global stewardship.”
Luna Around The World follows the adventures of three friends – Leo, a wombat from Australia; Carmen, a butterfly from Mexico; and Andy, a frog from the U.S. – as they traverse the globe with their parents’ traveling performance troupe, “Circo Fabuloso.” At each of the Circo’s stops, Luna the moon guides the trio as they experience the local language, music and daily life. The gang’s adventures take them across continents – from London to Cairo to Beijing – where they explore the food, architecture and other features that make each region unique.
Luna Around The World brings an innovative approach to social studies for young viewers. The series takes kids on an informative and imaginative exploration of global culture to make connections between communities all over the world, integrating concepts of anthropology, history, ecology, geography, sociology and economics.
“We are thrilled to be working with PBS KIDS and the incredibly talented Joe Murray to bring Luna Around The World to life,” said Vince Commisso, President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with PBS KIDS over the years on several shows, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Wild Kratts and Nature Cat, and it’s exciting to take our partnership to the next level. The PBS KIDS team is best-in-class at what they do, and showcasing Luna Around The World across their various platforms will have tremendous reach with kids.”
Along with the television series, Luna Around The World will offer digital content for kids, parents and teachers, debuting in fall 2018. A Luna Around The World app will also launch after the series’ debut.