Boston-based educational media production firm FableVision recently teamed with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, to create an animated chat spoof called "The O Show," featuring the voice of Oprah Winfrey. The spot airs on Sesame Street's Season 41 premiere episode, airing Monday, September 27th on PBS KIDS! According to show producers, this is the first time that Winfrey has lent her voice talent to a Sesame Street animated production. FableVision's President Gary Goldberger notes, "We've done some amazing productions over the last decade plus, but this one tops the charts in star power - producing a parody for Sesame Street that not only got Oprah's blessing, but got her to join the fun."
"Oprah has been on Sesame Street's guest wish-list for years," added Carol-Lynn Parente, Executive Producer of Sesame Street. "We are so pleased to have collaborated with FableVision on a curriculum based animation that is educational for kids and fun for Oprah fans of all ages."
With Goldberger directing the segment, Creative Strategist Leigh Hallisey and Producer Naomi Greenfield led the award-winning design and animation team at FableVision Studios, located high atop The Boston Children's Museum. The segment has original music composition & production by Tony Lechner and final mix by G & E Music in NYC.
"The O Show" features the letter "O" as a talk show host who interviews animals that begin with "O", including a juggling octopus and an oatmeal - eating orangutan. The adult-friendly humor and celebrity appearances are designed to ensure that parents and caregivers will join their children as they view Sesame's educational fare, resulting in more holistic and scaffolded learning opportunities.
Along with upcoming regularly scheduled broadcast TV airings, "The O Show" is also available for viewing on Sesame Workshop's YouTube channel.