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Esme & Roy
Esme & Roy logo.png
Also known asEsme and Roy
Genre
Created by
  • Dustin Ferrer
  • Amy Steinberg
Written byDustin Ferrer
Leah Gotcsik
Becky Friedman
Jennifer Hamburg
Clark Stubbs
Jim Nolan
Sam Dransfield
Ron Holsey
Dana Starfield
Liz Hara
Dan Danko
Evan Sinclair
Corey Powell
Brian Hohlfeld
Directed byMike Fallows
Voices of
  • Patrick McKenna
  • Millie Davis
  • Abigail Oliver
  • Jacob Soley
  • Benjamin Hum
  • Jayne Eastwood
  • Shayle Simons
  • Elle Simons
  • Martin Roach
  • Melissa Altro
  • Zachary Bennett
  • Richard Binsley
  • Denise Oliver
  • Justin Kelly
  • Lily Bartlam
  • Jamie Watson
  • Hattie Kragten
  • Christian Corrao
  • Kylee Evans
  • Judy Marshak
Theme music composerJonathan Evans
Opening theme"Esme & Roy Theme Song"
by Kellylee Evans
Composer(s)
  • Matt Ouimet
  • Carl Lenox
  • Andy McNeill
  • Daniel Ingram
  • DD Jackson
  • Jonathan Evans
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Scott Dyer
  • Kay Wilson Stallings
  • Doug Murphy
  • Dustin Ferrer (co-executive producer)
  • Amy Steinberg (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)
  • Melissa Graham
  • Machi Tantillo
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
  • Sesame Workshop (U.S.)
  • Nelvana (international)
Release
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18) –
present
External links
Website
Production website

Esme & Roy is an animated children's television series created by Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg. The series is produced by Toronto-based animation studio Nelvana and Sesame Street creator Sesame Workshop, in association with Corus Entertainment.[2]

The show follows a little 9-year-old girl named Esme and her best friend, a monster named Roy, who take care of all kinds of creatures when their regular guardians need aid. Esme & Roy was broadcast simultaneously on HBO in the United States and Treehouse TV in Canada on August 18, 2018.[3][4][5]

On May 6, 2019, it was announced that it was renewed for a second season.[6] It was also announced this summer (Summer 2019) that it will premiere on PBS Kids Family Night on August 31, 2019, with regular airtime on Saturday and Sunday mornings thereafter.[7]

Plot[edit]

Esme & Roy follows a young nine-year-old girl named Esme and her best monster friend, Roy, the most in-demand "monster sitters" in Monsterdale, a town populated mostly by monsters. The duo set out to solve big problems by playing and helping out the young monsters with their problems.[1]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Esme (voiced by Millie Davis) is a young nine-year-old girl and a monster sitter, and has a knack for inventing activities to fix the monsters' problems, with the help of the MonsterCase, a suitcase full of fun and games that encourages the monsters to play their troubles away.
  • Roy (voiced by Patrick McKenna) is Esme's best friend and a yellow monster. He is a lovable goofball who knows everything about monsters.
  • Dumpling is Esme and Roy's monster pet. She rolls herself up into a ball and loves to boogie.
  • Hugo Ooga (voiced by Shayle Simons) is a theatrical 4-year-old[8] little monster. He loves to be the star of the show and creates his own spotlight by clapping his hands.
  • Fig Ooga (voiced by Elle Simons) is Hugo's 1-year-old[9] baby sister. While small, she has super strength and loves to pick up Roy to demonstrate it. She shrinks if she smells a Sludgeflower.
  • Tillie Plink (voiced by Abigail Oliver) is an active 3-year-old[10] little monster with pink fur, red eyes, and red hair tied into twin tails with a pair of blue bows. She has a need for speed and loves cars and playing rough-and-tumble games.
  • Snugs Muzzywump (voiced by Benjamin Hum) is an adorable 3-year-old[11] or 8-year-old[10] monster who loves to hug and snuggle with people. He puffs up when he gets scared, but is easily calmable. He is frightened by thunder.
  • Simon Swoozle (voiced by Jacob Soley) is an eight-year-old[12] six-tentacled green monster with blonde hair, brown eyes and glasses. He loves enforcing routine and order. While a bit uptight, he has a big heart and is very artistic.

Recurring[edit]

  • Mr. Plink (voiced by Zachary Bennett) is Tillie's father.
  • Grammy Swoozle (voiced by Jayne Eastwood) is Simon's grandmother
  • Willie (voiced by Richard Binsley) is Simon and Grammy Swoozle's pet.
  • Mrs. Muzzywump (voiced by Denise Oliver) is Snugs' mother.
  • Mr. Bleederblop (voiced by Jamie Waston) is the father of Frank and Franny.
  • Daddy Ooga (voiced by Martin Roach) is Hugo and Fig's father
  • Mommy Ooga (voiced by Melissa Altro) is Hugo and Fig's mother
  • Frank Bleederblop & Franny Bleederblop (voiced by Justin Paul Kelly & Lily Bartlam) appear in "Two Can Play That Game"
  • Sid & Lucy (voiced by Hattie Kragten & Christian Corrao)
  • Lottie (voiced by Lilly Bartlam) is introduced in "Monster's Little Helper" when she wants to learn to be a Monster Sitter from Esme and Roy. She has yellow fur and flies with wings. She returns in "Game Plan" to help monsters prepare for Camp Monsterdale.
  • Norm (voiced by Patrick McKenna) appears in "Supermarket Match". He is a blue monster with tentacles, blue hair, and green eyes.

Production[edit]

Nelvana has ordered 52 11-minute segments, equal to 26 half-hours of Esme & Roy.[13]

Broadcast[edit]

Esme & Roy premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada and HBO in the United States on August 18, 2018.[3] The show will later be broadcast internalionally.[14]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1a"Monster Trucks!"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18)1010.01[15]

Esme and Roy watch a car-loving monster, but when bath time comes, she refuses to be clean.

Songs: "Glitter Jar" sung by Esme, "Car Wash Bath" sing by Esme, Roy.
1b"Lunch Crunch"Mike FallowsLeah GotcsikAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18)1010.01[15]

Esme and Roy teach Simon about trying new foods.

Songs: "This is Lunch Just for You" sung by Esme, Roy, Simon, "Belly Breathing" sing by Esme.
2a"Dark and Stormy Knight"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanAugust 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)[16]1020.04[17]

Esme and Roy watch Snugs, who is scared of thunder.

  • Note: Roy has a tap dance routine he’s working on. (If only he has his tap shoes on)

Song: "Look Over Here" sung by Esme, Roy.

2b"Two Can Play That Game"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerAugust 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)[16]1020.04[17]

Frank and Franny want to play something different.

Song: "Ballet Pirates" sung by Esme, Roy.
3a"Noisy Naptime"Mike FallowsJennifer HamburgSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)[16]1040.04[17]

The Monster Sitters watch Hugo while Baby Fig takes a nap.

Song: "The Monstersitters Lullaby" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo.
3b"The Hugo Express"Mike FallowsClark StubbsSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)[16]1040.04[17]

Hugo doesn't want the game to end.

Song: "The Hugo Express" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo.
4a"Gentle, Gentle"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanSeptember 8, 2018 (2018-09-08)[16]1050.03[18]

Esme and Roy put Dumpling to baby Fig's house.

Song: "Dumpling's Check Up" sung by Esme, Roy.
4b"The Case of the Missing Cuddles"Mike FallowsJim NolanSeptember 8, 2018 (2018-09-08)[16]1050.03[18]

Esme and Roy put Snugs to bed.

Song: "Where Could Sir Cuddles Be?" sung by Esme, Roy, Snugs.
5a"Supermarket Match"Mike FallowsSam DransfieldSeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)1030.05[19]

Esme and Roy take Tillie to the supermarket.

Song: "Grocery Shopping Car" sung by Esme, Roy.
5b"Imitation Frustration"Mike FallowsRon HolseySeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)1030.05[19]

Esme and Roy take Sid and Lucy to the park.

Songs: "Glitter Jar" sung by Esme, "Let's Find Something Else To Do" sing by Esme, Roy.
6a"Hugo, We Have a Problem"Mike FallowsJim NolanSeptember 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)108N/A

Esme and Roy take Hugo and baby Fig to the planetarium.

Song: "The Monster Shimmy" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo.
6b"A New Chapter"Mike FallowsDana StarfieldSeptember 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)108N/A

Esme and Roy watch Simon, who can wait to read his new book.

Songs: "Just Pick One" sung by Esme, Roy, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
7a"Game Plan"Mike FallowsLeah GotcsikSeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)106N/A

Tillie heads to Camp Monsterdale.

Songs: "Camp Monsterdale" sung by Roy, Tillie, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
7b"A Way to Play"Mike FallowsLiz HaraSeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)106N/A

Simon and Tillie arrive at Monster Sitters' HQ for a playdate.

Songs: "Better Together" sung by Esme, Roy, Tillie, Simon, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
8a"Sing Out, Roy"Mike FallowsDan DankoOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)107N/A

Esme helps Roy overcome his stage fright.

Song: "Best Friends Anywhere" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo, Snugs, Simon.
8b"Monster's Little Helper"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)107N/A

Roy and Esme meet Lottie, who wants to be a monster sitter.

Song: "I Can Help" sung by Lottie.
9a"Simon's Sleepover"Mike FallowsJennifer HamburgOctober 13, 2018 (2018-10-13)109N/A

Simon begins to miss home during a sleepover.

Songs: "Glitter Jar" sung by Esme, "Make Your Own Me Tree" sing by Esme, Roy, Simon.
9b"Take a Hike"Mike FallowsEvan SinclairOctober 13, 2018 (2018-10-13)109N/A

Roy, Esme and Snugs get lost in the woods.

Song: "Follow Me" sung by Esme, Roy.
10a"Birds of a Feather"Mike FallowsCorey PowellOctober 20, 2018 (2018-10-20)110N/A

Esme and Roy take three little monsters to the science museum.

Song: "Flying in the Shape of a V" sung by Esme, Roy, Tillie, Simon, Snugs.
10b"Cowgirl Fig"Mike FallowsClark StubbsOctober 20, 2018110TBA

Hugo makes a film starring Fig.

Songs: "Lights, Camera, Action!" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
11a"When Figs Fly"Mike FallowsSam DransfieldOctober 27, 2018 (2018-10-27)111N/A

Fig wants to fly like Hugo.

Song: "How Do You Like Flyin'" sung by Esme, Roy, Fig, Hugo.
11b"Tillie's Tough Break"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanOctober 27, 2018 (2018-10-27)111N/A

The Monsters try to cheer up Tillie when she hurts her leg and is unable to go to Monster Mountain.

Song: "Cheer Up, Tillie!" sung by Esme, Roy.
12a"Cloudy Comet Calamity"Mike FallowsMargaret HoffmanNovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)112N/A

Simon brings his telescope to see the Great Swoolze Comet, but clouds block his view.

Song: "Can You See It?" sung by Esme, Roy.
12b"Training Day"Mike FallowsDan DankoNovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)112N/A

Esme and Roy are brushing up on their monster-sitting skills.

Song: "A Really Great Team" sung by Esme, Roy.
13a"Monster Mash"Mike FallowsLucas MillsNovember 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)113N/A

Hugo, Tille and Simon goes to the Monster Sitters’ HQ for a dance party, and Esme and Roy try’s to teach Simon a dance pattern to follow.

Song: "Dance Like Me" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo, Tillie, Simon.
13b"Block Party"Mike FallowsLucas MillsNovember 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)113N/A

Esme and Roy are watching Tille, who needs to clean up her blocks in the backyard before she can play with her new truck.

Song: "Pick 'Em Up (Clean Up Time)" sung by Esme, Roy, Tillie.
14a"Achoo, Matey"Mike FallowsLisa KettleFebruary 2, 2019 (2019-02-02)114N/A
Snugs has a bad case of the Sneezles
14b"Beach Bummer"Mike FallowsBrian HohlfeldFebruary 2, 2019 (2019-02-02)114N/A
It’s Simon’s first time at the beach and Esme and Roy want to show him a great time.
15a"The Greatest Show in Monsterdale"Mike FallowsJim NolanFebruary 9, 2019 (2019-02-09)115N/A
Esme and Roy must teach Hugo and Fig how to take turns sharing their Monster Sitters.
15b"The Amazing Outdoors"Mike FallowsJennifer HamburgFebruary 9, 2019 (2019-02-09)115N/A
Esme and Roy Show Simon something as amazing as his favorite TV show: The Outdoors.
16a"Icky Pop"Mike FallowsCaitlin HodsonFebruary 16, 2019 (2019-02-16)116N/A
Tillie gets a case of the Ickes and has a no-good, rotten day.
16b"Dream Submarine"Mike FallowsClark StubbsFebruary 16, 2019 (2019-02-16)116N/A
Tillie starts to see things in the dark.
17a"Special Delivery"Mike FallowsRick SuvalleFebruary 23, 2019 (2019-02-23)117N/A
The Monster Sitters take Fig to a birthday party, but she won’t let go of the present.
17b"Fig Do It"Mike FallowsLaura KleinbaumFebruary 23, 2019 (2019-02-23)117N/A
Baby Fig wants to do everything herself, so Esme and Roy tries to teach her it’s okay to ask for help.
18a"Top Dog"Mike FallowsMargaret HoffmanMarch 2, 2019 (2019-03-02)118N/A
Simon wants to teach his dog, Willie, a new trick for the Monsterdale Dog Show.
18b"Picture Day Predicament"Mike FallowsDan DankoMarch 2, 2019 (2019-03-02)118N/A
It’s Picture Day and the Monster Sitters are walking Tillie to school, but keeping her clean along the way proves to be difficult.
19a"Grandmonster's Day"Mike FallowsKristofer WellmanMarch 9, 2019 (2019-03-09)119N/A
Simon wants to find the perfect present for his Grammy on Grandmonster’s Day.
19b"Monster Bash Surprise"Mike FallowsDana StarfieldMarch 9, 2019 (2019-03-09)119N/A
The Monster Sitters plan to take Hugo and Fig to the Monster Bash, but Fig can’t decide on a costume.
20a"Air Snugs"Mike FallowsGuy ToubesMarch 16, 2019 (2019-03-16)120N/A
The Monster Sitters agree to help Ms. Muzzywump with her errands, but Snugs becomes fixated on an airplane ride.
20b"A Mighty Shy Guy"Mike FallowsLisa KettleMarch 16, 2019 (2019-03-16)120N/A
Simon wants to play with new monsters at the park, but feels too shy to introduce himself.
21a"Ooga, Party of Six"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanMarch 23, 2019 (2019-03-23)121N/A
Hugo and Fig want to cook dinner for their parents, but the kitchen jobs are too dangerous.
21b"How Hugo Got His Toots Back"Mike FallowsClark StubbsMarch 23, 2019 (2019-03-23)121N/A
Hugo practices so much for the Noisy Parade that he loses his ability to toot.
22a"Tilliesaurus"Mike FallowsJennifer HamburgMarch 30, 2019 (2019-03-30)122N/A
When Tillie wants to play with real dinosaurs, Esme and Roy need to think of the next best thing.
22b"Toy Share or Not Toy Share"Mike FallowsRick SuvalleMarch 30, 2019 (2019-03-30)122N/A
Simon goes to Tillie’s house for a play date, but she has a hard time sharing her toys.
23a"Officer Tillie"Mike FallowsKeion JacksonApril 6, 2019 (2019-04-06)123N/A
Tillie loves playing with her new police car, but she zooms around so fast that it’s hard for her friends to play with her.
23b"Fuzzy Ball"Mike FallowsLaura KleinbaumApril 6, 2019 (2019-04-06)123N/A
Snugs wants to learn a new game, but gives up when it starts to get difficult.
24a"A Rocky Business"Mike FallowsMargaret HoffmanApril 6, 2019 (2019-04-06)124N/A
When Hugo runs a crafts store and Fig starts a competing business, the Monster Sitters tries to get the little monsters to work together.
24b"Bedtime for Hugo"Mike FallowsDustin FerrerApril 6, 2019 (2019-04-06)124N/A
Hugo wants to keep playing with his Monster Sitters at bedtime.
25a"Stroller Derby"Mike FallowsBecky FriedmanApril 20, 2019 (2019-04-20)125N/A
When Hugo forgets his lunchbox, Esme and Roy decide to take it to him at school, but Fig won’t get in her stroller.
25b"The Inside Job"Mike FallowsClark StubbsApril 20, 2019 (2019-04-20)125N/A
Snugs has fun at the park when it starts to get really chilly.
26a"Party Time"Mike FallowsKristofer WellmanApril 27, 2019 (2019-04-27)126N/A
Esme and Roy decide to throw a party when they learn that five little monsters are coming over, but things don’t go according to plan.
26b"The Really Really Big Race"Mike FallowsLeah GotcsikApril 27, 2019 (2019-04-27)126N/A
Simon comes to Tillie’s house for a big race, but soon discovers that he doesn’t like racing.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Esme & Roy has been met with mostly positive reception. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated Esme & Roy a total of 5 out of 5 stars, stating that Esme & Roy's "thoughtful approach to self-awareness and mindful behavior makes it an excellent tool for families and caretakers to use in teaching similar skills to kids," and that the broader emotions will relate to a child's experiences.[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs
2019 Kidscreen Awards Best New Series Esme & Roy Won
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Original Song – Animation "Ballet Pirates", from the episode "Two Can Play At That Game" Nominated [21]
2019 NAMIC Vision Awards Children's series Esme & Roy Nominated [22]
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Preschool Children's Animated Series Esme & Roy Nominated
Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program Esme & Roy Nominated
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Esme & Roy Nominated
2019 YMA Awards of Excellence Best Program, Animation - Preschool "Hugo, we have a Problem" / "A New Chapter" Nominated [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.nelvana.com/show/235/esme-and-roy
  2. ^ "Sesame Workshop to Develop Animated Series 'Esme & Roy' for HBO in U.S." Variety.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 25, 2018). "'Esme & Roy': HBO Sets Premiere Date For New Animated Series From Sesame Workshop – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "HBO to Premiere ESME & ROY from the Makers of SESAME STREET". Broadway World. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sesame Workshop and Nelvana to Debut Original Animated Series "Esme & Roy" on HBO in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada, August 18". Sesame Workshop. July 25, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  6. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2019/05/06/esme-roy-scares-up-a-second-season/
  7. ^ "Schedule Changes to PBS Kids this Month". witf.org. 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  8. ^ http://www.sesameworkshop.org/esmeandroy/character-bios/hugo/
  9. ^ http://www.sesameworkshop.org/esmeandroy/character-bios/fig/
  10. ^ a b https://www.hbo.com/kids/esme-and-roy
  11. ^ http://www.sesameworkshop.org/esmeandroy/character-bios/snugs/
  12. ^ http://www.sesameworkshop.org/esmeandroy/character-bios/simon/
  13. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2019/01/31/nelvana-locks-in-new-broadcasters-for-esme-roy
  14. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (2019-01-31). "Nelvana Signs Raft of Deals for 'Esme & Roy'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  15. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (August 21, 2018). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals and Network Finals 8.18.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c d e f Esme & Roy. Sesame Workshop.
    EP 102 (Dark and Stormy Knight; Two Can Play at That Game) 8/25/18
    EP 104 (Noisy Naptime; The Hugo Express) 8/25/18 (9/1/18)
    EP 105 (Gentle, Gentle; The Case of the Missing Cuddles) 9/1/18 (9/8/18)
  17. ^ a b c d Mitch Metcalf (August 28, 2018). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals and Network Finals 8.25.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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  19. ^ a b Mitch Metcalf (September 11, 2018). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals and Network Finals 9.8.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  20. ^ Ashby, Emily (2018-08-18). "Esme & Roy TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  21. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (2019-02-11). "Canadian Screen Awards 2019 Noms Announced Across Film, TV, And New Media". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  22. ^ News, E. I. N.; Niehaus, Wanita (2019-02-14). "NAMIC announces nominees for annual Vision Awards". EIN News. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  23. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (2019-04-19). "YMA Awards of Excellence Nominees 2019". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-21.

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