From a media release:
Sinking Ship EntertainmentÂ , recent recipients of three Daytime EmmyÂ® Awards, andÂ DHX TelevisionÂ are pleased to announce the start of principal photography on the new preschool seriesÂ Playdate. A mix of live-action and the skilled puppeteering of Dina and Frank Meschkuleit, the series showcases the unexpected adventures Jacob and his friendsâ€™ stuffed animals encounter when they leave them alone.Â Playdateâ€™sÂ first season will see 13 half-hour episodes and is slated to premiere on DHX Televisionâ€™s preschool channel which will be rebranded to Family Junior in Fall 2015.Â Â Â Â Â
Every child believes their toys come to life when theyâ€™re not around and onÂ Playdate, they really do! Meet Mac, Sammy, Priscilla and Buckie â€“ the beloved stuffed animals of Jacob and his friends who venture out on their own playtime adventures when the children are away. They do their best to complete the kidsâ€™ playtime adventures but usually end up causing some kind of mess or chaos along the way. Since the kids can never know their toys come to life, Mac, Sammy, Priscilla and Buckie have to finish their escapades before the kids come back and make sure theyâ€™re exactly where they started off. Luckily, Norman, the family dog, makes the perfect fall guy for any of their hijinks.
PlaydateÂ stars Millie Davis (Odd Squad,Â Orphan Black) as Molly; Scarlett Dovey (This is Scarlett and Isaiah) as Gwen; and newcomers Aidan Wojtak-Hissong as Jacob and Nirvaan Kwan as Enzo.
Commissioned by DHX Television,Â PlaydateÂ was created by Dina and Frank Meschkuleit. Frank is one of Canadaâ€™s premier puppeteers with a wealth of knowledge having worked on popular kids programs includingÂ Fraggle Rock,Â Toopy and BinooÂ andÂ The Mighty Jungle. The series was developed by J.J. Johnson and Christin Simms and is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment. Sinking Ship recently won three Daytime EmmyÂ®Â AwardsÂ for childrenâ€™s series including Outstanding Pre-School Series forÂ Dino Dan: Trekâ€™s Adventures.