At first glance, Disney Jr. new show T.O.T.S is adorable, however, underneath the cuteness there are several lessons kids can learn from T.O.T.S. (Tiny Ones Transport Service). The show’s stories suggest themes of positively interacting with and nurturing others while celebrating each other’s differences. Every episode has an original song and the recurring delivery anthem “Bringing This Baby Home.”
This month, Imonni and I screened the first two episodes of Disney Jr. new show T.O.T.S afterward, my daughter, Imonni, and I attended a baby showered themed party where we meet Travis Braun the creator and executive producer and Megan Hilty (Broadway’s “Noises Off” and “Wicked”) who voices K.C. the Koala.
At the party, I had an opportunity to interview Mr. Braun where he shared the inspiration behind the Show T.O.T.S.
I was a child in nineties and growing up in the nineties in the cartoons it seemed like it was always a stork delivering that baby in the cartoons that I watched and every time it was always a classic white regal stork. I was like why don’t other birds ever get to deliver babies? So, the idea was always percolating even back then.” ~Travis Braun
During our interview, we also discuss the lesson kids will learn from watching Disney Junior new series T.O.T.S. Here are 4 Lesson Kids can learn from T.O.T.S. (Tiny Ones Transport Service)
The foundation of the show and the overall message is centered on diversity a message that can benefit us all.
…That is a message we need to hear… We have this saying, “It doesn’t matter what feather you have. What matter is what’s underneath them” and I really think that is a message kid’s need to hear now.” ~Travis Braun
Travis is passionate about encouraging kids to pursue their dreams and this is reflected throughout the show.
If you have a goal it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like or who you are; if you work hard and pursue your dreams great things can happen.” ~Travis Braun
Another key lesson in the show is teamwork.
Teamwork is essentially the DNA of the show. Pip can’t fly without Freddy and Freddie can’t perform his job without Pip, so they ready truly need each other. They have a saying, “Anything is possible if we do it together.” We really believe in that and I feel like that’s a message that needs to be heard. That you can accomplish great things if we all work together so that is a big part of the show too.” ~Travis Braun
The ultimate message of the show is you can tackle any problem with love.
Pip and Freddy are faced every day with a different challenge with the babies, and they pursue it head on with love. And I that’s the message of the show.”~Travis Braun
About the T.O.T.S. (Tiny Ones Transport Service)
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“T.O.T.S.,” is a heartfelt animated comedy for kids age 2-7, that follows the adventures of best friends Pip and Freddy, a tenacious penguin and a kindhearted flamingo, who are the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at Tiny Ones Transport Service (T.O.T.S.). As new members of the esteemed team, these junior flyers must take tender care in transferring baby animals – kittens, cubs, calves, bunnies, puppies, and joeys among them – from the nursery to their forever families around the globe. Together, they will learn how to nurture and care for the babies and use creative thinking and problem solving to model for young viewers that there isn’t just one way to achieve a goal.
The series was created by Travis Braun (Disney Junior’s “Vampirina” and Disney Channel’s upcoming series “Fast Layne”), who also serves as co-executive producer.
The series voice cast includes Vanessa Williams (ABC’s “Ugly Betty”) as Captain Beakman, Megan Hilty (Broadway’s “Noises Off” and “Wicked”) as K.C. the Koala, Jet Jurgensmeyer (“Last Man Standing”) as Pip the Penguin and Christian J. Simon (Disney Channel’s “Sydney to the Max”) as Freddy the Flamingo.
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