Let's Go Luna!

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Let's Go Luna!
Let's Go Luna logo.png
GenreChildren's television series
Educational
Comedy
Musical
Created byJoe Murray
Written byPeter Hannan
Mark Haslett
Rachel Lipman
Joe Murray
Additional Writing By:
Tom Smith
Jackie Bae
Eric David Haddad
Dan Becker
Directed byDave Brown
Voices of
Theme music composerJeffrey Bernstein
Opening theme"Let's Go Luna, Let's Go!"
Ending theme"Let's Go Luna, Let's Go!" (instrumental)
Composer(s)
  • Amin Bhatia (score)
  • Ari Posner (score)
  • Jeffrey Bernstein (songs)
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Joe Murray
Vince Commisso
Producer(s)Charley Thomas
Supervising Producers
Tanya Green
Julie Soebekti
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)9 Story Media Group
Brown Bag Films
Joe Murray Productions
(uncredited)
Distributor9 Story International Distribution
Release
Original networkPBS Kids (USA)
TVOKids (Canada)
Knowledge Kids (Canada)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21) –
present
Chronology
Related showsRocko's Modern Life/Camp Lazlo/CatDog
External links
Website

Let's Go Luna! is an animated educational television series created by Emmy Award-winning animator Joe Murray (known for also being the creator of Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life and Cartoon Network's Camp Lazlo) and produced by Peter Hannan (known for also being the creator of Nickelodeon's CatDog) and is co-produced by 9 Story Media Group's Brown Bag Films for PBS Kids.[1] Judy Greer provides the voice of the titular Luna.[2] It is confirmed that there will be 38 half-hour episodes and a one-hour special.[1] Each episode consists of two 11-minute story segments.[2] Between each of the two 11-minute story segments of each episode is a short segment telling a folktale or a song or a poem from that country.

Premise[edit]

Let's Go Luna!, set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, focuses on three friends—Leo, a wombat (from Australia), Andy, a frog (from the United States) and Carmen, a butterfly (from Mexico)—who travel around the world with their parents' traveling performance troupe "Circo Fabuloso". Along their stops, Luna the Moon, depicted about 5 feet (1.5 m) tall with arms, legs and a face, and wearing a straw hat and red boots, occasionally comes down to Earth to teach them about local languages, music, food, and other customs.

Two half-hours, consisting of two segments each and four in total, takes place in a single country where the gang stop at, learn about, and meet friends around the world. With a team of cultural anthropologists on board, Let's Go Luna! is "meticulously researched to ensure cities and regions are authentically and respectfully portrayed".[3]

Characters[edit]

Circo Fabuloso[edit]

Friends around the world[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018–19)[edit]

No.TitleWritten byStoryboard and additional writing byLocationOriginal air date
1"What's the Big Idea?"
"The Day of the Dead"
Peter HannanDan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Mexico City, MexicoNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
In Mexico City, Andy learns about murals when trying to find something to paint on.
Carmen must face her fear of skeletons in order to make it to her Grandmother's Day of the Dead altar.
2"Hola Mariachi!"
"Loco for Cocoa"
Joe Murray & Luccy Baillie
Joe Murray & Mark Haslett
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Mexico City, MexicoNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
November 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)
Carmen tries to find a Mariachi band to fill in for the Circo's band when they get the hiccups.
The trio help Carmen's friend Pico deliver a lost cocoa bean that was accidentally left behind by his mother.
3"You Froze My Shorts"
"What a Matryoshka"
Mark Haslett
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Moscow, RussiaNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)
Luna shows the kids different ways to stay warm during a Russian winter.
A delivery mix-up tasks the kids with returning a giant matryoshka doll to the store.
4"Lullaby for Baby Vlad"
"Space Is the Place"
Rachel Lipman
Joe Murray
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Moscow, RussiaNovember 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)
Leo and Andy watch over a cranky baby bear named Vlad while Luna and Carmen search for a lullaby called the "Bayushki Bayu" to help him go to sleep.
Andy's love for space is fulfilled by a trip to a Russian space museum.
5"Bob the Plant"
"Aren't We a Pair?"
Joe Murray
Mark Haslett
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Cairo, EgyptNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
November 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)
Leo's plant Bob is all dried out from the hot Egyptian weather and needs water.
Carmen makes a new friend named Leyla in Cairo while looking for her missing pet Honey.
6"The Big Dig"
"Amazing Man"
Rachel Lipman
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Cairo, EgyptNovember 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)
December 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)
In Cairo, the kids become interested in digging for ancient artifacts.
A riddle in Andy's Amazing Man comic book uses hieroglyphics so he and the Amazing Team seek to find out what they mean.
7"She Is the Moon of Moons"
"Beats of Beijing"
Joe Murray
Rachel Lipman
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Beijing, ChinaNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
December 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
The kids plan a special day for Luna, coincidentally on the same day as the traditional Moon Festival in China.
Honey is feeling bored of her old cage and wants her new one to be a Chinese drum.
8"Hoopin' Hopper"
"A Chopsticky Situation"
Mark Haslett
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Beijing, ChinaDecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)
Andy loses his basketball in Beijing, and through playing more sports to retrieve it, learns that friendship is more important than winning.
Leo has a difficult time learning to eat with chopsticks at a Chinese restaurant.
9"Speaking Wigglewalker"
"London Frog"
Peter Hannan
Mark Haslett
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
London, United KingdomNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)
Andy is confused during a trip to a London supermarket due to the differences between British English and American English.
Luna helps the kids navigate the London fog to find Big Ben.
10"Queen for a Day"
"Jolly Special Friend"
Rachel Lipman
Joe Murray
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
London, United KingdomDecember 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)
Carmen pretends to be the Queen of Buckingham Palace, but later finds it less fun than she imagined.
Papa Chockers is too sick to make lunch for Señor Fabuloso's friend so Leo and his friends go out to get some traditional London food for them.
11"Guitar to Sitar"
"Spring Has Not Sprung"
Mark Haslett
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Jackie Bae & Tom Smith
Delhi, IndiaMarch 4, 2019 (2019-03-04)
The strings on Carmen's guitar snap while she is writing a song for her mother's birthday and she needs to buy more from the bazaar.
Andy wants to photograph the Springtime colors of Dehli but it's too cloudy and gray.
12"Where's Luna?"
"Pulling Strings"
Joe Murray
Rachel Lipman
Jackie Bae & Dan Becker
Eric David Haddad & Tom Smith
Delhi, IndiaMarch 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)
Luna appears to have gone missing so the Trio, along with Señor Fabuloso, try and find her.
Andy and Carmen get into an argument and stop talking to each other, so Luna and Leo try to use a traditional Kathputli puppet show to help them make up.
13"Didgeridoo and Carmen Too"
"Not Home on the Range"
Rachel Lipman
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Sydney, AustraliaMarch 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)
Carmen borrows a didgeridoo from a new friend in Sydney but ends up losing it, so she tries to make a new one.
A visit to his uncle's cattle station forces Leo to confront his fear of horses.
14"Boomin' Boomerang"
"House Music"
Joe Murray
Mark Haslett
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Sydney, AustraliaMarch 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)
Carmen is asked to compete in a boomerang throwing competition but she lacks confidence.
Andy is excited to hear the band Syd and the Sydneys perform at the Sydney Opera House.
15"You Can't Move the Moon"
"Lizardzilla!"
Mark Haslett
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Tokyo, JapanMay 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)
A Sumo wrestler puts on an exhibition match with Luna after Salami Strong gets injured.
Leo is too afraid to watch a Lizardzilla movie, but becomes less afraid when he sees how the movies are made.
16"Windy Washi"
"When the Bowl Breaks"
Joe Murray
Rachel Lipman
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Tokyo, JapanMay 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)
Andy is asked to make posters for the Circo, which leads to learning about the many uses of washi paper.
Leo learns how to repair broken pottery after he accidentally breaks his dad's special tea bowl.
17"A Prickly Pair"
"Turkish Delight"
Peter Hannan
Mark Haslett
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Keith Silva
Istanbul, TurkeyJuly 22, 2019 (2019-07-22)
In Istanbul, Carmen is excited to see the juggling act "The Prickly Brothers" perform, but the two are feuding.
After a firefighter rescues his pet tortoise from a tree, Leo wants to thank him by making him some Turkish Delight, but his unwillingness to pay attention causes trouble.
18"The Story of Smoothie"
"Andy the Giant"
Joe Murray
Rachel Lipman
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Keith Silva
Istanbul, TurkeyJuly 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)
Leo wants to prove that his tortoise Wrinkles has family history in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace.
In order for Andy to capture the full beauty of the Hagia Sophia in his drawings, he must learn to look at it in different ways.
19"C'est Cheese"
"C'est la Vie a Paris"
Rachel Lipman
Mark Haslett
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Paris, FranceAugust 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)
Leo needs to make his best dish for his French cooking class but can't think of the perfect thing to make.
Mister Hockbar is overworking himself and everyone else at the Circo, so the kids and Luna try to find something in Paris to help him relax.
20"D'Orsay Day"
"Honey in Paris"
Joe Murray
Peter Hannan
Dan Becker & Eric David Haddad
Tom Smith & Jackie Bae
Paris, FranceAugust 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)
Andy is trying to make a perfect painting of his model train, but can't make it look 'alive' enough, so Luna takes him to Musée d'Orsay to show him other ways to paint.
Honey escapes from her cage again and returns head over heels in love with someone named "Mon Amour". Carmen and her friends are determined to find out who exactly this mysterious stranger is.

Special (2018)[edit]

No.TitleWritten byStoryboard and additional writing byLocationOriginal air date
1"Luna's Christmas Around the World"Peter Hannan, Joe Murray, Rachel Lipman, & Mark HaslettDan Becker, Eric David Haddad, Jackie Bae, Tom Smith, & Joe MurrayAntarcticaDecember 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)[4]
The Circo Fabuloso accidentally gets stranded at the South Pole on Christmas Eve. It's up to Luna and the trio to save Christmas for everyone at the Circo by bringing them all together while also learning how the holiday is celebrated around the world.

Production and distribution[edit]

The show was first announced on July 31, 2017, as part of the PBS TCA presentation. PBS broadcasts the show on its stations and also airs on the PBS Kids channel, as well as the PBS Kids Video app. Let's Go Luna! offers digital content for kids, parents, and teachers, debuting from its PBS Kids website, and a Luna app is also confirmed and will be released shortly after the series' debut. 9 Story International Distribution owns managing and merchandising rights to the show outside Canada.[5]

It is also one of a few shows for preschoolers and PBS' first storyboard-driven show where storyboard artists work with the writers, in order to create "visually-driven narratives that highlight each city's distinctive landscape and features".[3]

International broadcast[edit]

The show will debut on Nat Geo Kids in Latin America.[6] In Spain, the show airs on Canal Panda. In Canada, the show airs on TVOKids.

In the half-hour broadcast of Let's Go Luna on TVOKids, the short segment that occurs between the 2 11-minute story segments of the show is kept in the broadcast instead of removed like in the original PBS broadcast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mercedes Milligan (July 31, 2017). "PBS KIDS Gets Refreshed 'Ruff Ruffman,' Joe Murray's 'Luna Around the World'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Erik Pedersen (May 9, 2018). "'Let's Go Luna!': Judy Greer Leads Voice Cast For New PBS Kids Series – Watch An Exclusive Clip". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mary Anne Lane (November 15, 2018). "PBS KIDS Gets Refreshed 'Ruff Ruffman,' Joe Murray's 'Luna Around the World'". Georgia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Elber, Lynn (November 20, 2018). "PBS' 'Let's Go Luna!' takes kids on a globe-spanning tour". Daily Herald. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Denise Petski (July 30, 2017). "PBS Kids Greenlights 'Luna Around The World' Animated Series – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Alexander Whyte (November 14, 2018). "Nat Geo Kids snaps up three shows from 9 Story". Kidscreen. Retrieved December 6, 2018.

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