Asking HOW-TO have a good time when nobody home? Ask pug brothers Bingo and Rolly who live in a suburbia and are always after adventurous time and keeping themselves busy, even when they don’t take a step out of their home!
Wow, your children are on the way to discover more about dogs, – PUGS that is, – and take a learning expedition every time they watch an episode on Disney Junior channels.
I had an amazing opportunity to preview a few episodes of Puppy Dog Pals and hear first-hand from Sean Coyle, Producer of the Puppy Dog Pals, and Diane Ikemiyashiro, Disney Junior Creative Executive, who are heading the production of the entire series for Disney Junior.
Here’s what you need to know about Puppy Dog Pals.
• Debutes on April 14 on Disney Channel, Disney Junior App & YouTube
• Age Group 2-5 years-old
• Each episode is 25 minutes long
• First season will have 25 episodes
Get ready to explore neighborhoods and the world-class travel as seen and done through the puppy dogs Bingo and Rolly. They spare no time for finding fun times, making friends, learning about the 50 US States and creating connections in their lives. This series is about family bonds, being friends, making friends, being a good brother. So that’s at the core of this particular show.
Each episode will have its unique tune. What I love about this series is that it is wrapped into contagious music theme. It will be on your lips once you see the show! The talented songwriter Andy Bean is brilliant in crafting a catchy song for each of the pugs’ adventure. This is something I am looking forward to – the musical presence in each episode.
Episodes Are Filled With Geography, Detective Skills & Continuous Learning
Episodes will vary from play in the yard and inside the house to the trips to Hawaii, Italy, China and other countries, and into the country. The flare and the spirit for each environment and adventure will hold onto the authentic places, yet the story will add its own fictional elements as well.
We have a whole team of educational consultants. And in our Disney Junior department we have what’s the educational resource group. And they watch every single episode. From the very beginning when something’s pitched to the final, they are weighing in on what the take away is. That guides the storytellers on how to make the episodes really pop for our audience.
The characters in the series are introduced sporadically and sprinkled out throughout the season. Yet, when a new character is in, there are episodes that include some of them to a larger extent.
We have one character who is a junkyard dog who is sort of like the neighborhood big brother. So in their missions whenever they’re just backed up against it and they don’t know what else to do they think, wait, we know a guy who can help us out. And then there is a singing seagull that appears on some of their missions to help out with their journeys.
We have a guinea pig in a pet store window that is a source of information ’cause he hangs out right in the middle of Main Street. And he sort of sees and hears everything.
And we’re not trying to teach lessons or instill any kind of really didactic type of lesson. But we’re hopeful that in our stories there’s something inspiring that the kids can learn from the interactions between the brothers or when they’re out in the world meeting other characters. So there’s a little bit of education but in an entertaining, storytelling way.
Both Sean Coyle and Diane Ikemiyashiro hope that the series will inspire kids to do what they dream of. Making their pug characters Rolly and Bingo curious like little kids, the creators of the series tried to keep the authenticity alongside with creativity in these puppies. The diversity these pug brothers live and find adventure in was planted on purpose to keep the series interesting.
Each episode is sparked by something that the pugs hear from Bob, their human dad, or the other dogs. Be ready to laugh and get serious when these pugs turn into the problem solvers. One of the future episodes is about a stolen Mona Lisa painting. These pug brothers hearing on the news about a missing great painting and the Great China Wall put two and two together! Well, as you may guess, they will learn from this experience how to analyze and do research, too!
In a lot of these episodes we definitely try to play out four-year-old detective skills and how four year old kids would sort of piece together a puzzle or a mystery.
During the story development and the work on characters for the Puppy Dog Pals, a lot of testing was done with Sean’s own kids and focus groups.
In the development stage, I studied my kids’ reaction to a lot of it. I would just feed them character designs and story ideas and ask, would you guys watch a show about two dogs that perhaps go to Hawaii and surf. You gauge what they respond to. We also did, like I mentioned earlier, focus testing, which at the time we basically had sort of nuggets of story ideas. And we had a bunch of artwork that we could show.
We would gauge the reactions of the kids that way as well. Everybody on our crew has kids or has had little kids at some point or knows people with kids or has dogs or knows people with dogs. So the whole crew putting this together is very immersed in all the right things.
We also test a lot of our shows– or a lot of the episodes in front of children. Our ed team, they go out into schools all over Southern California. And they give story time to the kids, and then they ask the kids questions. And through comprehension or not, that’s how we gauge whether or not a story is working, especially for the youngest audience members.
We do listen and give feedback to the writers and to the team. And they incorporate the notes and try to make something that’s entertaining and fun and something that even the youngest kids could grasp.
Tune In for PUPPY DOG PALS
On April 14, 2017
Disney Channel, Disney Junior App, YouTube
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