Watch Donkey Hodie
- 9 Seasons
Donkey Hodie is an American children's television series released on May 3, 2021, and is part of the Public Broadcasting Service's (PBS) Kids programming block. The series is a creation of Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen, who are behind the much-loved Jim Henson's series, "The Muppet Babies." It stars David Rudman and Frankie Cordero as the voices behind the two main characters, Donkey Hodie and Purple Panda, respectively. The show is a reimagining of the 1960s classic series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" character, Donkey Hodie, who had a love for inventing things using his red propeller hat that can spin and fly perched on his head. In this new iteration, Donkey Hodie is pictured as a spunky and amusing character that children would love to watch. The premise of the show centers around Donkey Hodie, who is the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." She is an extremely determined and curious host of What If World. The well-meaning inventor comes up with various ideas for inventions that are brought to life by her peers and friends in the land of Someplace Else. She is keen on trying new things, and her zest for life is infectious, making her the perfect role model for young viewers. Donkey Hodie also has a cast of playful and eccentric characters that include Purple Panda, a purple panda who loves to make music and is an aspiring magician. At every turn, Purple Panda is there to support Donkey Hodie's out-of-the-box ideas, while also getting into amusing shenanigans of his own. Other characters in the show include Duck Duck, who is a duck and architect that can float; Bob Dog, who is Donkey's laborer, loyal and resourceful; and Grampy Hodie (Donkey's grandfather), a wise and knowledgeable, elder inventor who usually chimes in with advice for Donkey and her friends. One of the standout features of the show is the inclusion of songs that are both catchy and educational, making it easy for children to learn concepts about science, reading, and life in general. The show's musical score, composed by Wyclef Jean, also adds to its uniqueness. The show's creators wanted to make sure that children could relate to the characters, and so they made sure that Donkey Hodie and her crew reflect cultural diversity in every way possible. Children from all backgrounds should be able to see themselves in at least one of the characters on screen, which is important for promoting inclusivity. The themes explored in "Donkey Hodie" include problem-solving, friendship, self-esteem and resilience. Donkey Hodie is a character who never gives up, but rather perseveres in the face of adversity. Children can learn how to overcome challenges, learn new things, and make new friends, which makes the show an excellent source of life lessons. Overall, the show is perfect for preschoolers and children aged between 3-5 years old. It is an entertaining, educational and inclusive show that children will love. With its cheerful songs, humor and fun characters, "Donkey Hodie" is a series that adults will enjoy watching with their children. The series has already become a hit with children and parents alike, and we hope it continues to entertain and educate for years to come.