Sesame Workshop and WarnerMedia have joined forces to start production on a new, animated pre-school comedy series called Bea’s Block. The show is scheduled for a 2022 release on HBO Max.
Bea’s Block will draw on the ubiquity of toy blocks to bring the vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood of Blocktown to life in a series centered on the five year old Bea and her two block friends Ty and Lexi. It will follow the trio as they embark on a ‘kindness adventure’ to help others in the community.
The new comedy series aims to spotlight relatable pre-school challenges faced by friends and beighbour, encouraging children to develop respect and care for others.
“Bea’s Block is a warm, playful series that will immediately feel familiar to kids, both through the use of toy block-inspired animation and by telling this story using a diverse and inclusive cast,” said Kay Wilson Stalling, Sesame Workshop’s executive vice president of creative and production.
“Young viewers will learn how empathy and compassion can change communities and what it means to be a good friend – all powerful lessons that can help them grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We are grateful to our partners at WarnerMedia for their support of this series and look forward to sharing Bea’s Block with children and families next year.”
Sesame Workshop is collaborating with animation studio A Productions on the show, with writing helmed by veteran children’s animation writer Liz Keyishian Wilks.
Bea’s Block joins Sesame Workshop’s burgeoning slate of live action and animated shows, including its flagship program Sesame Street and spinoffs The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo and forthcoming CGI-animated Mecha Builders; Esme & Roy; Ghostwriter; and Helpsters.
Sesame Workshop also produces year-round Sesame Street and Sesame Studios digital shorts, stories and songs, and Sesame Street in Communities content addressing some of the most pressing issues and complex challenges facing children and families today.