The robot hero versions of Sesame Street Mecha Builders will air in a new STEM based animated series on Channel 5’s Milkshake!
Sesame Workshop has announced that Sesame Street Mecha Builders, the first fully animated Sesame Street spinoff series, has been acquired by Channel 5’s Milkshake! The 52 x 11’ series is due to premiere on the channel in spring 2023.
The dynamic 3D-animated series from Sesame Workshop, reimagines much-loved favourites Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby as robot heroes-in-training who use their STEM superpowers to solve crazy, larger-than-life problems. Along the way, the series aims to help older pre-schoolers practise foundational critical thinking skills while laughing along with their Sesame Street friends.
Across the series, the friends get into all kinds of silly situations, whether they’re using a wedge to split a giant banana for an ice cream statue or learning how to measure cables for a zipline through the trees. Mecha Elmo has a ton of gadgets and Mecha Abby’s stretchy arms can lift heavy objects and reach faraway places. Mecha Cookie has a hammer hand, googly vision and springs to help him bounce from one place to another. Together, the friends are ready and willing to solve problems on every scale.
Through the Mecha Builder characters and their unique powers, the series introduces children to STEM concepts like simple machines, force and properties of matter.
To provide an added sense of localisation and relatability, all the secondary characters featured in the series will have British voices.
“These much-loved characters have been children’s icons for decades and we are excited to be taking them into the future in these fun robot versions and bringing them to the Milkshake! audience,” said Louise Bucknole, general manager, Kids & Family, Paramount UK and Ireland. “The stories are a great mix of energetic entertainment and STEM-related learning with a valuable message that it’s okay to make mistakes. That’s how kids learn, so the series will be hugely relatable for them.”
Stefan Kastenmüller, Sesame Workshop’s general manager for Europe, added: “Sesame Workshop Europe is thrilled to partner with Milkshake! on Sesame Street Mecha Builders to help inspire children across the UK. As kids get older, they’ll continue to grow with these much-loved characters but now as dynamic, superpowered robots. Mecha Elmo, Mecha Cookie and Mecha Abby have the same lovable personalities as their Sesame Street counterparts with shiny new gadget-laden guises, ready to enthuse kids about STEM-related subjects and teach them the value of teamwork and perseverance.”
Sesame Street Mecha Builders is produced by Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, with animation produced by Canadian animation studio Guru Studio.