In 25 five-minute installments, lessons are taught through pre-school relevant topics, live-action films, and interactive thinking games such as matching, sorting, and counting. Kids accompany Elmo and his friend Smartie, an animated cell phone and learning tool, as he uses his imagination to dive into the topic of the day. Tony-winning Bill Irwin returns as Mr. Noodle, along with new characters including Mr. Noodle’s two brothers (played by the Tony- and Grammy-winning Daveed Diggs from Broadway’s Hamilton and comedian Daniel Koren) and real pet dogs Schmoodle, Floodle, and Frank.
“We’re excited to bring back an inventive and interactive take on one of the most successful children’s television segments, ‘Elmo’s World,’ for today’s kids,” said Brown Johnson, EVP and Creative Director, Sesame Workshop. “Kids love to learn with Elmo, and they are sure to enjoy the beautiful new chalk-drawn world Elmo creates in his imagination. We are also thrilled to be working with the legendary ‘original’ Mr. Noodle, Bill Irwin, and proud to bring two new diverse and multi-talented Mr. Noodles into our ‘World.’”
Woven throughout the new season, Sesame Street’s kindness curriculum includes a new “kindness cam” segment where kids, shown clips from the episode and live-action films depicting real children doing similar acts of kindness, point out the kindness moment, thus reinforcing learning moments through repetition.
“Kindness and empathy are learned behaviors,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “It is important for preschool children to see and understand what it means to be kind. Children can learn that kindness means understanding the feelings and needs of others and that being kind not only makes others feel good, it can make them feel good too.”
Produced by the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street is underwritten in part by Beaches Resorts and UnitedHealthcare.