If you loved “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a kid, you can now share that love with your children in a new PBS KIDS series from Fred Rogers Productions, “Donkey Hodie”! This puppet-based series for children ages 3-5 follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie that appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Donkey Hodie is a curious, sincere, resilient and charming go-getter. Each episode is set in the land of Someplace Else where Donkey Hodie and her pals empower preschoolers to dream big and overcome obstacles, work hard and persevere, be resourceful and solve problems on their own.
Viewers will meet reimagined versions of old characters as well as brand new neighbors including Donkey Hodie’s best pal Purple Panda, quick-witted Duck Duck and big-hearted Bob Dog. The original Donkey Hodie, now known as Grampy Hodie, is the most beloved resident of Someplace Else which he founded years ago when he built the windmill where Donkey Hodie now lives.
The series will feature original music along with new takes on Fred’s iconic songs to reinforce and underscore each story’s positive message.
“Donkey Hodie” will premiere on Arkansas PBS on Monday, May 3, with two episodes airing at 9 and 9:30 a.m. The series will begin airing each weekday at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
For the premiere, PBS KIDS for Parents has articles exploring the themes of “Donkey Hodie,” hands-on activities and printable activities for children to learn and play together with parents.
Monday, May 3, 2021
“Donkey Hodie” premiere, 9 and 9:30 a.m.