Friday, April 08, 2005

Puppet-free Bert & Ernie Spin-off Show in Development

A new claymated television show show based on the beloved characters of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street is in development. Sesame Workshop has produced a short pilot episode to test a new concept of a show that will be available to buyers and co-producers at the MIP-TV Market show next month. The dynamic duo, Bert and Ernie, have been put into animation by Misseri Studio, one of the leading children’s animation companies located in Europe. A 3-minute claymation pilot, along with development materials for future episodes, has been created and will be available for potential buyers and co-producers to screen at MIP. If the series gets a good response from buyers and investors, the series could be picked up, full length episodes would go into production, and a Bert and Ernie TV show could be seen on your TV in the years to follow. At this time the shows development is in the very early stages, but it is still great to hear Sesame Workshop still loves these characters. The decision to use claymation rather than puppets is perplexing to many Muppet fans, but Sesame Workshop promises that the charm, humor and heart of Bert and Ernie is still there. Other shows that Sesame Workshop has in planning to share at MIP include "The Upside Down Show" and "The Little Carousel" (more details on all these shows can be found in this official press release from Sesame Workshop).

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