Esme & Roy
|Esme & Roy|
|Also known as||Esme and Roy|
|Written by||Dustin Ferrer|
|Directed by||Mike Fallows|
|Theme music composer||Jonathan Evans|
|Opening theme||"Esme & Roy Theme Song"|
by Kellylee Evans
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||August 18, 2018 –|
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.
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.
On May 6, 2019, it was announced that it was renewed for a second season. 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.
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.
- 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 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 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 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 or 8-year-old 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 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.
- 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.
Nelvana has ordered 52 11-minute segments, equal to 26 half-hours of Esme & Roy.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1a||"Monster Trucks!"||Mike Fallows||Dustin Ferrer||August 18, 2018||101||0.01|
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 Fallows||Leah Gotcsik||August 18, 2018||101||0.01|
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 Fallows||Becky Friedman||August 25, 2018||102||0.04|
Esme and Roy watch Snugs, who is scared of thunder.
Song: "Look Over Here" sung by Esme, Roy.
|2b||"Two Can Play That Game"||Mike Fallows||Dustin Ferrer||August 25, 2018||102||0.04|
Frank and Franny want to play something different.Song: "Ballet Pirates" sung by Esme, Roy.
|3a||"Noisy Naptime"||Mike Fallows||Jennifer Hamburg||September 1, 2018||104||0.04|
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 Fallows||Clark Stubbs||September 1, 2018||104||0.04|
Hugo doesn't want the game to end.Song: "The Hugo Express" sung by Esme, Roy, Hugo.
|4a||"Gentle, Gentle"||Mike Fallows||Becky Friedman||September 8, 2018||105||0.03|
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 Fallows||Jim Nolan||September 8, 2018||105||0.03|
Esme and Roy put Snugs to bed.Song: "Where Could Sir Cuddles Be?" sung by Esme, Roy, Snugs.
|5a||"Supermarket Match"||Mike Fallows||Sam Dransfield||September 15, 2018||103||0.05|
Esme and Roy take Tillie to the supermarket.Song: "Grocery Shopping Car" sung by Esme, Roy.
|5b||"Imitation Frustration"||Mike Fallows||Ron Holsey||September 15, 2018||103||0.05|
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 Fallows||Jim Nolan||September 22, 2018||108||N/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 Fallows||Dana Starfield||September 22, 2018||108||N/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 Fallows||Leah Gotcsik||September 29, 2018||106||N/A|
Tillie heads to Camp Monsterdale.Songs: "Camp Monsterdale" sung by Roy, Tillie, "Glitter Jar" sing by Esme.
|7b||"A Way to Play"||Mike Fallows||Liz Hara||September 29, 2018||106||N/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 Fallows||Dan Danko||October 6, 2018||107||N/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 Fallows||Dustin Ferrer||October 6, 2018||107||N/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 Fallows||Jennifer Hamburg||October 13, 2018||109||N/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 Fallows||Evan Sinclair||October 13, 2018||109||N/A|
Roy, Esme and Snugs get lost in the woods.Song: "Follow Me" sung by Esme, Roy.
|10a||"Birds of a Feather"||Mike Fallows||Corey Powell||October 20, 2018||110||N/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 Fallows||Clark Stubbs||October 20, 2018||110||TBA|
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 Fallows||Sam Dransfield||October 27, 2018||111||N/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 Fallows||Becky Friedman||October 27, 2018||111||N/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 Fallows||Margaret Hoffman||November 3, 2018||112||N/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 Fallows||Dan Danko||November 3, 2018||112||N/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 Fallows||Lucas Mills||November 10, 2018||113||N/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 Fallows||Lucas Mills||November 10, 2018||113||N/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 Fallows||Lisa Kettle||February 2, 2019||114||N/A|
|Snugs has a bad case of the Sneezles|
|14b||"Beach Bummer"||Mike Fallows||Brian Hohlfeld||February 2, 2019||114||N/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 Fallows||Jim Nolan||February 9, 2019||115||N/A|
|Esme and Roy must teach Hugo and Fig how to take turns sharing their Monster Sitters.|
|15b||"The Amazing Outdoors"||Mike Fallows||Jennifer Hamburg||February 9, 2019||115||N/A|
|Esme and Roy Show Simon something as amazing as his favorite TV show: The Outdoors.|
|16a||"Icky Pop"||Mike Fallows||Caitlin Hodson||February 16, 2019||116||N/A|
|Tillie gets a case of the Ickes and has a no-good, rotten day.|
|16b||"Dream Submarine"||Mike Fallows||Clark Stubbs||February 16, 2019||116||N/A|
|Tillie starts to see things in the dark.|
|17a||"Special Delivery"||Mike Fallows||Rick Suvalle||February 23, 2019||117||N/A|
|The Monster Sitters take Fig to a birthday party, but she won’t let go of the present.|
|17b||"Fig Do It"||Mike Fallows||Laura Kleinbaum||February 23, 2019||117||N/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 Fallows||Margaret Hoffman||March 2, 2019||118||N/A|
|Simon wants to teach his dog, Willie, a new trick for the Monsterdale Dog Show.|
|18b||"Picture Day Predicament"||Mike Fallows||Dan Danko||March 2, 2019||118||N/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 Fallows||Kristofer Wellman||March 9, 2019||119||N/A|
|Simon wants to find the perfect present for his Grammy on Grandmonster’s Day.|
|19b||"Monster Bash Surprise"||Mike Fallows||Dana Starfield||March 9, 2019||119||N/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 Fallows||Guy Toubes||March 16, 2019||120||N/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 Fallows||Lisa Kettle||March 16, 2019||120||N/A|
|Simon wants to play with new monsters at the park, but feels too shy to introduce himself.|
|21a||"Ooga, Party of Six"||Mike Fallows||Becky Friedman||March 23, 2019||121||N/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 Fallows||Clark Stubbs||March 23, 2019||121||N/A|
|Hugo practices so much for the Noisy Parade that he loses his ability to toot.|
|22a||"Tilliesaurus"||Mike Fallows||Jennifer Hamburg||March 30, 2019||122||N/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 Fallows||Rick Suvalle||March 30, 2019||122||N/A|
|Simon goes to Tillie’s house for a play date, but she has a hard time sharing her toys.|
|23a||"Officer Tillie"||Mike Fallows||Keion Jackson||April 6, 2019||123||N/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 Fallows||Laura Kleinbaum||April 6, 2019||123||N/A|
|Snugs wants to learn a new game, but gives up when it starts to get difficult.|
|24a||"A Rocky Business"||Mike Fallows||Margaret Hoffman||April 6, 2019||124||N/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 Fallows||Dustin Ferrer||April 6, 2019||124||N/A|
|Hugo wants to keep playing with his Monster Sitters at bedtime.|
|25a||"Stroller Derby"||Mike Fallows||Becky Friedman||April 20, 2019||125||N/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 Fallows||Clark Stubbs||April 20, 2019||125||N/A|
|Snugs has fun at the park when it starts to get really chilly.|
|26a||"Party Time"||Mike Fallows||Kristofer Wellman||April 27, 2019||126||N/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 Fallows||Leah Gotcsik||April 27, 2019||126||N/A|
|Simon comes to Tillie’s house for a big race, but soon discovers that he doesn’t like racing.|
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.
Awards and nominations
|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|||
|2019||NAMIC Vision Awards||Children's series||Esme & Roy||Nominated|||
|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|||
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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)
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