MOLLY OF DENALI (New Kids Series Premiere)
Airs Monday, July 15, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on KPBS TV + July 15 at Noon on KPBS KIDS
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of © 2018 WGBH Educational Foundation
The series will air Monday-Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on KPBS TV, along with many additional broadcasts on the 24/7 KPBS Kids channel.
Don’t miss the world premiere of the new PBS KIDS series, MOLLY OF DENALI!
This series follows the adventures of 10-year-old Molly Mabray, a feisty and resourceful Alaska Native girl, as she helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in their Alaskan village.
Viewers are introduced to the rich history and modern-day experience of family life in the heart of the Alaskan tundra through the eyes of Molly, her parents, and her friends.
Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.
Designed to help kids develop skills around informational text such as using a map and following an instruction manual, this is the first nationally distributed children's series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character.
MOLLY OF DENALI Podcast:
This podcast offers a new action-packed adventure for kids rooted in Native storytelling. Listeners will hear the rollicking story of how Suki (an Alaskan Malamute, equal parts brave and smart) charged into Molly’s life and became a part of her family, which all started when Molly’s birthday cake went missing.
The eight-part podcast is a prequel to the animated series, MOLLY OF DENALI
Funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the series is the first nationally distributed kids’ show in the U.S. to feature a Native American lead. All Indigenous characters are voiced by Indigenous actors, including Molly, voiced by Alaska Native, Sovereign Bill.
The series and podcast feature Alaska Native voices in all aspects of production, including story development and creative direction.
The theme song, which is featured in the PBS KIDS series and podcast, is sung by members of the Yupik Alaska Native band Pamyua, with music from Gwich’in fiddler Brennan Firth.
“Alaska Native kids and families will hear themselves represented in MOLLY OF DENALI,” said Dorothea Gillim, executive producer of MOLLY OF DENALI at WGBH Boston. “The podcast, like the TV series, emphasizes important Alaska Native values, including respecting others, sharing, and honoring elders, while providing kids with empowering role models.”
“Public media is at its best when we delight, inform and inspire,” said Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX. “WGBH and Gen-Z Media tell powerful stories that do just that every day. We’re excited to partner with them to introduce Molly and her world to our newest listeners.”
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