During the Television Critics Association press tour, PBS KIDS announced a production Lily in the loopan animated series for children ages 4-8 from Mighty Picnic and Pipeline Studios, and is set to premiere in early 2024. The show stars Lyla, a dynamic 7-year-old black girl, her tight-knit family, and sidekick Imaginary blue Stu, and a group of related and quirky characters living in her community, who together highlight creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking while working collaboratively with others.
The series focuses on Lila’s family and diverse community. In addition to Lila, the show features her mom, dad, 5-year-old brother Luke, 12-year-old twin sisters Liana and Louisa, and best friend Everett Van, who all live in an apartment building and a bustling neighborhood. . Stu, a mysterious blue creature with a big smile helps Lyla tackle all kinds of challenges – like building the best train ever for her brother Luke, creating a very special sandwich for her family’s restaurant, Loops Lunch, and tracing a package sent by an aunt in Jamaica. In each adventure, Lyla and Stu introduce and explore concepts of foundational computational thinking, leading to some comical disasters and creative solutions, all while helping others in their community. The series will support a wide range of learners, shaping flexible approaches to finding and designing solutions, and creative self-expression.
Lily in the loop It received funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the United States Department of Education, as part of the Ready to Learn initiative, a federal program that supports the development of innovative educational television programming and digital media aimed at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Digital content for children, families and educators will be released alongside the series and reinforce the core messages of the show, support play and experimentation with central computational thinking skills, and encourage creative expression.
Consultant Series Lily in the loop They include Dr. Amon Milner, Assistant Professor of Computing and Innovation in the Olin College of Engineering, Director of the Expanding Empowering Access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (EASE) Lab, as Sequential Curriculum Director; Nermin Dashouch, Ph.D. and Clinical Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, Boston University, as Principal Consultant; Yenda Prado, Ph.D., education researcher at the University of California, Irvine, as a consultant in Universal Design for Learning (UDL); Scott Solberg, Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Human Development, Boston University, as a consultant for career paths and the world of work; and Cosette Strong, Strong Consulting Group, as a DEIA consultant.
Emmy Award-winning producer Dave Peth (solo bandAnd peg + catAnd Scribbles and inkAnd design squad), founder of Mighty Picnic, a media production and consulting firm Lily in the loop. Pipeline Studios, the Emmy Award-winning children’s content studio (Elinor wonders why, Alma RoadAnd Bubble guppies) is triggering the serial.
“Lily in the loop “Focuses on the important skills of creative thinking and problem-solving through a thoughtful, adventurous approach that meets kids in a playful and fun way,” said Sarah DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager, PBS KIDS. “We are very excited to partner with Mighty Picnic and Pipeline Studios to bring this innovative new series to families across the country.”
Series executive producer and writer Fracaswell Hyman stated, “In a world where representation matters, Lily in the loop It features a black girl who feels that no problem is too big or too small to solve. Lily tends when problems or obstacles arise. She is curious and imaginative and although she sometimes dives in her own head without looking, her tenacity and ingenuity when it comes to problem-solving makes it clear that she will eventually emerge victorious. Lily’s loving family, friends and imaginary companion, Stu, create a warm environment that draws viewers in and invites them to emulate Lily when challenges confront them.”
“Lily is a character I would have loved to see on TV when I was seven years old,” said story editor Monique D. Hall. She’s a little black girl who isn’t afraid to be her whole, smart, silly self. She and Stew get into all kinds of fun chaos, but they always manage to find clever ways to get out of it – even if it takes a few tries. You’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for any An adventure that gets Lyla, Stu and the rest of the Loops Crew on to the next level!”
Source: PBS KIDS
Whitney is a freelance writer focusing on VFX-driven fantasy film and television as well as preschool animation.