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
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
Production
Executive producer(s)Joe Murray
Vince Commisso
Producer(s)Tanya Green
Julia Gafrandam
(supervising)
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
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21) – present

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 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]

Premise[edit]

Let's Go Luna!, set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, focuses on three friends—Leo, a wombat (from Australia), Carmen, a butterfly (from Mexico), and Andy, a frog (from the United States)—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. When they meet her, the children sing "Luna, come and play, show us the world, lead the way".

Two half-hours, consisting of two segments each and four in total, takes place at 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]

  • Viktorya Durov (voiced by Yana Gold), a circus bear from Russia
  • Hannah (voiced by Berkley Silverman)
  • Fong (voiced by Owen Kwong)
  • Pico (voiced by Leonidas Castrounis)
  • James (voiced by Nicolas Aqui)
  • Iker (voiced by Leo Orgil)
  • Ramona (voiced by Molly Lewis)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018-present)[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.
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
Luccy Baillie
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 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 fussy baby bear while Luna and Carmen search for a lullaby to help him 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 needs water in a dry Egypt.
Carmen makes a new friend in Cairo while looking for her missing pet.
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, Andy digs up what it appears to be an ancient statue!
A riddle in Andy's Amazing Man comic book uses hieroglyphics so he and his 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 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 hard 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 a foggy London 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 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)
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.

Special[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's ship takes a wrong turn and ends up stuck 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 will broadcast the show on its stations and will also air on the PBS Kids channel, as well as the PBS Kids Video app. Let's Go Luna will offer 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 will own 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] The show will debut on Gloob in Brazil.

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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