Kids’ content giant Moonbug is turning its hit live-action Blippi property into a new 3D animated series dubbed Blippi Wonders.
Moonbug says the show marks the first time that Blippi — the creation of performer Stevin John, a childlike character bedecked in a blue and orange beanie, suspenders, and bow tie — will be available as a computer-generated cartoon. The series will feature Blippi’s faithful sidekicks Tabbs and Fetch, launching today, with three-minute installments to drop every Tuesday.
Creating a cartoon Blippi also enables the franchise to avoid past controversies. In 2019, a different performer was tapped to portray the titular character on tour, unbeknownst to some attendees — though Moonbug says it notified ticket buyers and subsequently offered refunds. In May, Blippi announced that the tour actor, Clayton Grimm, would continue to appear in digital content as well, sharing duties with John, per Yahoo.
“Blippi Wonders captures the spirit of our live-action program while allowing Blippi to take adventures he could never go on before,” stated Katelynn Heil, Moonbug’s GM of Blippi. “This program promotes the themes important to early child development: curiosity, adventure, friendship, inclusion, and independence.”
Blippi is beloved by the preschool set, having amassed 30 million followers on social media and 1 billion monthly YouTube views — with additional distribution in eight languages across HBO Max LatAm, Hulu, Amazon Kids Plus, Peacock, Roku, and Sky Kids.
You can check out the first episode of Blippi Wonders right here:
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