Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby unite for ‘Mecha Builders’ show

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby are completely transformed in a new “Sesame Street” show. You could even say they are Transformers.

The trio of furry monsters wear cool metal suits brimming with gadgets and soar through the air in their new CGI-animated show “Mecha Builders,” adding some science and technology lessons to their adventures.

“These are characters that are loved and loved by our audience, so it’s like developing those characters and what they can become,” says Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of creative and production at Sesame Workshop. , the non-profit organization behind “Sesame Street”.


Each 11-minute episode begins with a problem — a runaway train, a rushing Earth asteroid, a melting ice slide, a broken movie screen, or a wayward rock — and the trio try a series of solutions, honing their ideas until he finds an answer. The lesson is to always plan, test and solve.

For the broken movie screen, the Mecha Builders first use a giant wooden sculpture, then a replacement glass before finding the answer: a repainted billboard. Along the way, they learned that round or transparent objects don’t work well for projecting images.

“That’s how children learn, isn’t it?” You’re not going to get it right the first time. And what we love to model is what these characters do: they really are heroes in training and so there’s a lot of trial and error,” says Wilson Stallings. “All you need is persistence and a bit of creativity. solve the problems before you end up with the right solution.

The motto of the Mecha Builders is repeated in each episode: “We planned it first. We thought about ways to solve the problem,” says Abby. Elmo grabs it immediately: “So we tested it. We tried different ideas and didn’t give up. Finally, Cookie Monster finishes: “Then we solved it. We found a solution and we saved the day.

The show is part of a new content partnership between WarnerMedia Kids & Family and Sesame Workshop and is set to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in early May. The first episode – “They Sent Us Pie” – will air Tuesday on the “Sesame Street” YouTube channel.

In the new series, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby retain the sweet personalities they’ve always had, but their sleek costumes provide them with all sorts of problem-solving tools. Elmo has an arm full of everything from a vacuum cleaner and a drill to an umbrella and a laser cutter. Cookie Monster has a hammer hand and the ability to see very far, which is called “googly vision”.

The three figures can temporarily become giant or fall to become tiny. Together they explore concepts like magnetism and melting and discover the usefulness of wedges, both for splitting wood and for keeping large objects parked.

“It’s all about character, it’s about great stories that relate to kids,” says Wilson Stallings. “Oh, and yeah, you learn something too. So it’s a combination of all of that.

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