Apple TV + today announced an expanded lineup of series for kids and families to premiere this fall alongside its award-winning slate, including a new animated series Wolfboy and the Factory at Everything, from designers Toff Mazery and Edward Jesse; Get started with Otis, based on popular books by New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Loren Long; and live scripted series Puppies place, based on the bestselling Scholastic book series.
Wolfboy and the Factory at Everything – Inspired by the work of visual artist Toff ‘Wirrow’ Mazery, co-created by Emmy winner Edward Jesse (HITRECORD’s Create together), developed by Emmy winner Michael Ryan (Hail to King Julian, Kung Fu Panda) and executive produced by Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mr. Corman), HITRECORD and FOX Entertainment’s Bento Box Entertainment, the 10-episode animated epic follows Wolfboy (voiced by Kassian Akhtar), an imaginative eccentric who discovers a strange kingdom in the center of the earth where fantastic beings called “Sprytes” create things for the natural world on the surface – clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, weather… everything! Along with his new friends Spryte, Wolfboy learns that he can not only use the creative energy of the Factory at Everything to bring his wild imagination to life, but that he is destined to play a central role in an age-old battle between the forces of creation and destruction. Wolfboy soon realizes that being different is what makes him special – and that in the end, it’s the eccentrics and dreamers who change the world.
In addition to young newcomer Akhtar as the titular Wolfboy, the series is voiced by Critics’ Choice Award nominee Archie Yates (Bunny Jojo) like Sprout, Lilly Williams like Xandra, Cristina Milizia (Dc superhero girls) like Floof and Gordon-Levitt voicing Professor Luxcraft. The series is sprinkled with a number of special performances, including Juno Temple (Ted lasso) and the former Gordon-Levitt 3rd Rock of the Sun Castmate, stage and screen legend John Lithgow.
Creators Mazery and Jesse are joined by showrunner Ryan as screenwriters and executive producers, while HITRECORD founder Gordon-Levitt, Emmy winner Jared Geller (Create together) and Emmy winners and Bento Box co-founders Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara (Bob’s burgers, The simpsons) also executive producer. The 10 episodes of the first season of Wolfboy and the Factory at Everything will be the first Friday September 24, on Apple TV +.
Get started with Otis – Based on Loren Long’s Penguin Random House book series, Get started with Otis will premiere on Apple TV + Friday October 8. This animated adventure series from 9 Story Media Group and Brown Bag Films welcomes young viewers to Long Hill Dairy Farm, home to Otis the Tractor and all of his friends. Otis may be short, but he has a big heart. Whenever he sees a friend in need, he brakes, asks them how they are feeling, and kicks in to help! The series is produced by Vince Commisso, Wendy Harris, author Loren Long, Darragh O’Connell, Angela C. Santomero and Jane Startz.
Puppies place – Based on Scholastic’s best-selling books, Puppies place recounts the adventures of dog-loving siblings, Charles and Lizzie Peterson, and the puppy buddies they welcome in search of forever homes. Premiere on Apple TV + Friday, October 15, each of the eight live episodes tells the story of a puppy who finds his way to the Peterson family. Charles (Riley Looc) and Lizzie (Brooklynn MacKinzie), whose different approaches complement, inspire, and at times merge, do whatever it takes to find a happy, loving home for every dog. Finding out what makes each puppy special offers a unique perspective that helps the couple overcome their own obstacles. Produced by Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman and Jef Kaminsky of Scholastic Entertainment, Andrew Green, Linda Mathious, Heather MacGilvray, Vincent Brown and Ari Posner.
Newly announced series will join Apple TV + series and films from some of today’s most trusted franchises in kids and family programming, including Daytime Emmy Award Ghost writer and Help of the Sesame workshop; Oscar nominated animated film Wolf walkers; Daytime Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Special Class Daytime Entertainment Program, Here we are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth; new series of Peanuts and WildBrain including The Snoopy Show; as well as the next series Fragile rock and Harriet spies on it of the Jim Henson Company; and Jeanne, a new mission-focused series from JJ Johnson, Sinking Ship Entertainment and the Jane Goodall Institute.