'Let’s Go Luna!' will take kids on cultural adventures
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"Let's Go Luna!"
A new PBS Kids social studies series will send children around the world with four new friends.
Let’s Go Luna!will premiere at 8 a.m. Nov. 21. It will air at 8 a.m. daily on Panhandle PBS (cable channel 3, over-the-air channel 2.1) and at 4 p.m. and midnight daily on PBS Kids 24/7 (cable channel 126, over-the-air channel 2.2).
The show 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, voiced by Judy Greer (Halloween, Ant-Man), guides the trio as they get to know the local region and its people.
The gang’s adventures take them through cities around the globe – from London to Cairo to Beijing – where they explore the food, music, art, architecture and other features that make each place distinctive.
The show's goal is to provide children with an authentic, immersive cultural experience.
Each episode includes two 11-minute stories that are developed in consultation with cultural advisors from each region the Circo visits.
The writers then work with storyboard artists to create visually-driven narratives that highlight each city’s distinctive landscape and features. Songs capture regional musical styles and instrumentation, and interstitials feature traditional folktales associated with each location.
“In all of my experience in producing shows, Let's Go Luna! is the most important of my career,” said Joe Murray, series creator. “Its message to young kids of becoming globally aware has never been as needed as it is now. And how can you go wrong with the moon as your ambassador? From the writers, artists and production staff I get to work with, the culturally rich content, and PBS as the series’ home, all arrows point up for me.”