Apple TV+ is letting the dogs out next month in a new 3D-animated preschool series called Pretzel and the Puppies, which is based on a book series written and illustrated by the creators of Curious George.
HarperCollins Productions (the publisher’s production arm) is behind the eight x 24-minute adaptation, with Toronto’s House of Cool handling the animation work. The concept stems from a pair of Margaret and H. A. Rey books that were originally published in the ’40s.
Premiering on February 11, Pretzel and the Puppies revolves around dachshunds Pretzel and Greta, who work with their pups to help others, solve problems and leave a mark on their hometown.
HarperCollins Productions’ Caroline Fraser and Jennifer Contrucci and House of Cool’s Ricardo Curtis and Wes Lui are executive producers on the series, along with showrunner Steve Altiere (Dinotrux). And educator and researcher Tony Wagner was brought in as a curriculum expert.
Book adaptations are quickly becoming a staple for Apple TV+. The streamer previously ordered live-actioner Puppy Place (eight x 60 minutes) from Scholastic, as well as 3D-animated Get Rolling with Otis from 9 Story Media Group and Brown Bag Films, based on a Penguin Random House book series of the same name.