The Jim Henson Company is starting production on the second season of Wilson & Ditch: Digging America, the animated web-only social studies series housed on PBSkidsgo.org.
The series follows two comical gophers on a cross-country adventure as they explore America’s most famous destinations. In the upcoming season, Wilson and Ditch will explore Seattle, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Sleepy Hollow, New York; as well as Bryce and Zion National Parks in Utah and North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Aimed at kids ages six to 10, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and includes original online video and interactive games as well as blogs, comics and podcasts posted by the brothers.
Additional content headed to the Wilson and Ditch site includes Wilson’s travel blog, Apple Pie Picks (a treasure trove of each destinations local background and fun facts), Local Chow (food that is indigenous to the area), Digging History (historical facts).
The animated webisodes are brought to life using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary technology that allows performers to puppeteer and voice digitally animated characters in real time.