Iconic TV show ‘Sesame Street’ is back in 2017. It’s reinventing a classic formula and making everything old, new again.
The brand new series hits Aussie screens on Monday July 3rd.
Now in its 47th season (yes, you read that right!), Sesame Street is introducing a host of updated segments and some home grown Aussie celeb talent.
New and improved ‘Elmo’s World’
The new and improved segment will see everyone’s favourite red monster team up with a new pal Smartie. Smartie, an animated mobile phone and Elmo will dive into a new topic each day.
Split across 25, five minute ‘episodes’, Elmo and Smartie will use their imagination to explore life lessons on a variety of topics. There will also be plenty of interactive thinking and skill based games like matching, sorting, and counting with the two best friends.
The team at Sesame Street are excited to introduce the fresh new take on ‘Elmo’s World’ to Aussie kids. “We’re excited to bring back an inventive and interactive take on one of the most successful children’s television segments,” said Brown Johnson, Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Sesame Workshop. “Kids love to learn with Elmo, and they are sure to enjoy the beautiful new chalk-drawn world Elmo creates.”
Introducing the ‘kindness curriculum’
A further brand new addition to the Sesame beat is the introduction of a ‘kindness curriculum’. This is designed to foster positive, empathetic behaviours in children. It includes a new ‘kindness cam’ segment. Here, kids are shown clips and live films depicting real kindness and prompted to identify them.
Sesame Street’s loveable monsters and diverse human cast also help further the message. They do so by modelling positive interactions and displaying the values of inclusion, listening and respecting others in their relationships.
“Kindness and empathy are learned,” says Dr Truglio, Senior VP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “It’s important for preschool children to see and understand what it means to be kind. Children can learn that kindness means understanding the feelings and needs of others.”
Sesame Street celebs
It’s a real celeb fest! Season 47 also sees some familiar famous faces popping up on screens. Australia’s own singer/songwriter Sia singing “S is for Songs alongside Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Abby Cadabby. R&B star Jason Derulo is also in on the act, singing and dancing in “D is for Dance,” while Aussie singing sisters Jess and Lisa Origliasso from The Veronicas perform “S is for Sibling”. Further, funny man James Corden, pop star Tori Kelly and star of Avengers, Anthony Mackie also feature.