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Tally Ho! Adventure Reigns on PBS KIDS’ New “Nature Cat”

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Described by its creators as “Looney Tunes” with a nature curriculum, our newest PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat” is a fun way to inspire your kids to get outside and explore the world around them!

 


 

Why kids will love it:

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Plenty of Zany


The animated series packs in all the goofy and zany kids (and kids-at-heart) love best. Funny goof-ups, over-the-top antics, wild adventures and crazy voices? Check, check, check and check. All of the classic cartoon requirements are in place … with a healthy dose practical and educational lessons to boot!



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Tally Ho!

Speaking of crazy voices, get ready for some great new catch phrases and a contagious, enthusiastic spirit of exploration. Repetition is key to early childhood learning, and Nature Cat and his friends bring it home in a fun way with a series of catchphrases. We especially love Nature Cat’s, which are true to Robin Hood-esque inspiration. Expect phrases like “Tally Ho!” and “Onward and Yonward” to show up soon, along with new found passion for exploring in the backyard and beyond.

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Imagination Station


“Nature Cat” and its action-packed adventures don’t stop with screen time — they encourage kids (and families) to keep the nature investigation going by heading outside and “playing the show”! Throughout episodes, Nature Cat and friends (and viewers) learn that they can explore any place with imagination.


Why You’ll Love It:

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It inspires kids to get outside:


When it comes down to it, Nature Cat is still lovable house cat Fred and sometimes the great outdoors can still be a little intimidating. 

Through the show, though, he and kids learn that with friends, a sense of adventure and a little know-how, exciting nature investigation missions are waiting right outside! Nature Cat’s journeys take him through his family’s big backyard, into the woods … and even into the “four corners” of his natural world — parks, ponds, caves, gardens, marshes, ravines, swamps, canyons, nature preserves and mountains. 

As kids join Nature Cat and his friends on their adventures, they learn that all they need to do to experience nature is open the door, step outside and prime their senses!

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“Nature Cat” Helps Kids Practice Practical Skills:


Nature Cat’s adventures in the great outdoors are just getting started. So, while he has all the enthusiasm he needs to get going on his journey, his practical skills sometimes need a little work. Not to fear, though! With clever friends (and a occasional tech help) Nature Cat and his pals learn how to use practical outdoor skills in each episode, and model these skills for kids. They’re integrated naturally into the story arcs, and make for great tools to revisit online at pbskids.org/naturecat!

A few to look forward to:
  • Map reading
  • Using a compass
  • Determining cardinal directions
  • Basic tracking
  • Nature art crafts
  • Recognizing animal tracks
  • Conservation awareness
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Voices (and pop culture references) you’ll recognize

On top of all that we've already listed for kids-at-heart, there are a few fun little extras that parents and caregivers will appreciate in "Nature Cat"!

First of all, if those voices in the theme song sounded familiar, there's a reason! The series boasts an all-star comedic vocal cast "Saturday Night Live" fans will be sure to appreciate, including "Saturday Night Live" stars Taran Killam (Nature Cat), Kate McKinnon (Squeeks), Bobby Moynihan (Hal) and Kenan Thompson (Ronald); and Kate Micucci ("Scrubs," "Raising Hope," "The Big Bang Theory") as Daisy.

References you'll recognize are also peppered throughout the show, which makes watching even more entertaining for the grown-ups in the audience. Our favorite (that you can look forward to hearing a few times)? Our intrepid hero, while no archaeologist, does have one weakness: "Water ... why'd it have to be water?" 


The lowdown:

“Nature Cat” is PBS KIDS latest adventure series, and its animated world is designed for kids ages 3 to 8. In addition to tons of colorful, goofy fun, the show has an educational goal in mind “to get kids excited about the wonders of nature and encourage healthy outdoor activities by modeling hands-on exploration.”

The Star:


Fred the House Cat (aka Nature Cat)

Fred is a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors, and each day, once his family leaves, he’s transformed into Nature Cat, backyard explorer extraordinaire!

Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery … but there’s one problem. He’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature. While he’s eager and enthusiastic about outside activities, they can still be a little intimidating. That’s where his friends come into play!

The Crew:


Squeeks:

A fearless little mouse with a heart of gold, Squeeks is daring, reliable, tough and not afraid to get dirty! She’s one of Nature Cat’s best friends and, living in the wild, she knows a lot of animals that are always eager to help out.

Hal:

The most loyal, lovable, huggable and rambunctious dog ever, Hal is another of Nature Cat’s besties, proving that cats and dogs can be pals, too. On first glance, some might not think he’s the smartest canine around, but he always comes up with the simplest solution to a problem!

Daisy:

Rounding out the inner circle, Daisy’s a super cute, super sweet and super smart bunny who loves reading, writing and learning. Daisy is extremely knowledgeable about technology and always has her trust tablet on hand. 

 

TUNE IN:


“Nature Cat” Premiere Special

Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 6:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27, at 6:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.


“Nature Cat” in the regular PBS KIDS Schedule

Mondays and Wednsedays at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., beginning Dec. 7