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'SNL's' Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon to Voice Star in PBS Kids' 'Nature Cat'
PBS Kids is getting a dose of Saturday Night Live.
SNL stars Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson are on board PBS Kids' upcoming Nature Cat, an aminated series aimed at kids ages three to eight. Garfunkel and Oates' Kate Micucci also voice stars. The public broadcaster made the announcement during its annual meeting in Austin on Tuesday.
The series centers on Fred (Killam), a house cat who dreams of exploring the outside world. When his family leaves the house for the day, he transforms into Nature Cat, a “backyard explorer extraordinaire" who goes on adventures with the help of his animal pals. PBS says the show will encourage kids to explore outside and have their own adventures.
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“With its hilarious voice talent, whimsical animation style and playful storylines, Nature Cat will engage and entertain families while encouraging an interest in exploring nature,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of children’s media at PBS. “PBS Kids uses the power to media to inspire children to go on learning adventures of their own, and this new series will help them discover the wonders that are as close as their own backyard or local park.”
The series was created by brothers David and Adam Rudman. It is co-produced by Spiffy Pictures and WTTW Chicago. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Van Eekeren Family, founders of Land O’Frost, are providing major funding for the series.
The series premieres Nov. 25.