LET'S GO LUNA! SDPB Kids Premieres New Kids Program
Research shows that young children have limited exposure to social studies concepts in school. To help address this gap, LET’S GO LUNA! will encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore and appreciate cultures worldwide, and build global citizenship and social skills.
LET’S GO LUNA! 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, 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. Episodes end with the kids back at the Circo Fabuloso and Luna back in the sky, with a reminder that there’s always more to see, learn and experience in every place they visit.
One of the few storyboard-driven shows for preschoolers, LET’S GO LUNA! is produced with the goal of providing 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?”
LET’S GO LUNA! premieres Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 8am (7 MT) & 1:30pm (12:30 MT) on SDPB1.