Fred Rogers Lives on in New PBS “Donkey Hodie” Series

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Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures have a special new show! Say hello to Donkey Hodie, a brand new PBS KIDS puppet series that will encourage preschoolers to “aim high, embrace challenges and work hard to achieve their goals.”

The series will premiere on May 3, 2021 and follows Donkey Hodie, granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character (now known as Grampy Hodie) from Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The multi-platform show continues Rogers’ mission of helping kids navigate childhood and will have original new music along with reimagined versions of Rogers’ classics.

photo: Courtesy of PBS Kids

Donkey Hodie takes place in Someplace Else which was created by Rogers on Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Kids will follow Donkie Hodie, a bright yellow donkey with a magenta mane, on her adventures with her friends Purple Panda, Duck Duck and Bob Dog. Everyone’s dreams are possible in the land of Someplace Else!

Linda Simensky, Head of PBS KIDS Content shares “We’re thrilled to bring Donkey Hodie’s engaging, character-driven stories full of adventure, imagination and music to PBS KIDS. As kids laugh and sing along with Donkey Hodie and her friends, they will learn important life lessons about teamwork, empathy and resilience to help them see a world full of possibilities.”

Tune in starting May 3 on PBS Kids to meet Donkey Hodie and all her friends!

––Karly Wood



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