Sesame Workshop and Nelvana announced that Esme & Roy, the first new animated series from the makers of Sesame Street in more than a decade, will debut on August 18 on HBO in the United States and on Treehouse in Canada.
The program follows a young girl, Esme, and her best monster friend, Roy, on their adventures as the best monster babysitters in Monsterdale. Aimed at children aged 4-6, it offers a creative new approach to teaching “learning through play” and mindfulness strategies.
Across 26 episodes, Esme and Roy will use the power of play to help younger monsters through familiar situations such as trying new foods and feeling scared during loud thunderstorms.
Little viewers will look up to their new favorite monster-sitters as positive role models, learning how to manage strong emotions with simple mindfulness practices alongside Esme and Roy’s charges.
“Packed with humor, heart, and valuable lessons, Esme & Roy represents the kind of quality programming that families have trusted Sesame Workshop to deliver for nearly fifty years, tailor-made for a new generation of kids and parents,” said Steve Youngwood, President of Media and Education and Chief Operating Officer, Sesame Workshop.
As Sesame Workshop’s newest addition to the educational entertainment landscape, Esme & Roy underscores how the vitally important play is to early childhood development. Whether they’re pretending to be veterinarians to model how to hold a pet gently, or sticking to a shopping list by turning a trip to the grocery store into a matching game, the monster-sitters help their little friends learn a range of lessons while they have fun.
“From its early beginnings, the Nelvana team knew Esme & Roy was destined to be a very special commission. Working with our incredible partners at Sesame Workshop, our world-class animation studio and its talented team of animators brought this truly imaginative series to life with a beautiful artistry that perfectly complements the spirit of the series,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana.
Esme & Roy offers easy-to-adopt strategies that can help even very young children regulate their emotions.
“By incorporating the latest thinking about mindfulness and learning through play into the fabric of this show, we hope to reinvigorate playtime and give today’s kids the tools they need to manage their emotions in a positive way,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, SVP Creative Development, Sesame Workshop.
Created by TV veterans Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg, Esme & Roy is produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s animation studio Nelvana, with illustrations inspired by renowned artist Dankerleroux.