Tally ho! On July 11th, Nature Cat and the gang are back for more outdoor adventures, in 8 all-new episodes premiering throughout the week on PBS KIDS. Created by the talented brother duo Adam and David Rudman and Todd Hannert, Nature Cat was created to inspire kids to get outside and go exploring!
Featuring the original all-star cast, Nature Cat (voiced by Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam), Hal (Bobby Moynihan, SNL), Squeeks (Kate McKinnon, SNL) and Daisy (Kate Micucci, The Big Bang Theory) are reunited for exciting, -new outdoor adventures. From rescue missions to nature mishaps, this season continues to follow a natural science curriculum, encouraging children ages 3-8 to head outside and explore. As they join Nature Cat and his friends on thrilling nature-filled adventures, children will learn a variety of scientific topics along the way.
Nature Cat is one of my favorite shows because I love that it teaches children to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. And they need not go any farther than their own backyard and neighborhood to find interesting wildlife. My daughter and I love to explore our local park and have found turtles, bunnies, ducks and so much more. We’ve even come across a gorgeous eagle on one of our walks!
At the PBS annual meeting this past May we had a chance to meet with the creators of Nature Cat and even got to do some live recording in their studios. There were five PBS Kids bloggers there and we all had an opportunity to go into the studio to record a character. I was Daisy and I was surprised how much work goes into creating just one episode. From the voice actors to the animators and storytellers, so much goes into this quality show.
Nature Cat can’t wait to play with his favorite yarn ball! But when he goes to take it out of its super secret hiding spot….it’s gone?! Where could it be? The gang sets out to find the culprit and rescue Nature Cat’s favorite toy. Along the way they find help from an unlikely slimy source. Onward and Yarnward!
Squeeks can’t wait to show off her favorite rock at her Rock Stars meeting. She thinks she has a good chance to become The Rock Star of the Month! But things don’t go as planned when Hal mistakes Squeeks’ rock for a ball, causing the rock to roll away. Get that rock!
The gang cannot wait to get to Lookout Point, the premiere spot to watch sunsets! It’s supposed to be beautiful and colorful! They run on, nothing can stop them now! Uh oh, spoke to soon! A change in the weather does stop them, as it gets really cloudy and windy! Squeeks thinks it’s going to rain! Can the gang find shelter before the dastardly downpour? Tally ho!
Nature Cat can’t wait to get to Cocono Cave! At dusk the bats fly out all together into the early evening sky! It’s supposed to be an amazing nature sight! But getting there proves to be a big problem for Nature Cat, who has a series of mishaps, leaving him to question his love of nature. Gasp! Oh no, say it isn’t so!
The Legend of Gold Gardens
Nature Cat and the gang uncover a map to The Gardens of Gold! Some say it’s just a neighborhood legend, others say, it’s “Sparkly gold as far as eyes can see, endless riches for you and me.” There’s only one way to find out the truth! Time for an adventure! But the adventure won’t be easy, the way to The Gardens of Gold looks physically challenging…there are a lot of tough obstacles. Will the gang make it to the treasure? Or will the Wall of Tall stand in their way? Tally ho!
Winter Dance Party
Today is the Winter Solstice! It’s the shortest day of the year! Daisy’s family always celebrates the return of longer days with the Winter Solstice Dance Party, but there’s one slight problem. Daisy forgot to get ready for the party and there’s so much to do and so little time to do it! Will Daisy get the party ready for the Bunny Family to celebrate the Winter Solstice?!
Ice is Nice
A fun-filled day of ice-skating takes a turn when Nature Cat’s beloved hot cocoa Hug Mug mysteriously breaks. But wait…Ronald’s favorite Bug Mug breaks too. Who would want to break not one but TWO mugs? Hal thinks there is a mug breaker around! Will the gang track down the Mug Breaker? Or will Ronald and Nature Cat never be able to enjoy hot cocoa on a cold day again?
Bird’s Eye View
Hal wakes from the greatest dream ever, he was a real live birdie, flying through the sky, diving into treetops, perching on branches! It was bird-errific! Hal would do anything to be a bird for just one day…and Nature Cat will do anything to make his buddy’s dream come true, but making Hal a bird won’t be as easy as it seems!