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The Jim Henson Company aims to empower kids ages 6-11 to be active citizens with a new puppet-led series and special.

Citizen Squad is a unique live musical that encourages children to change the world for the better, providing them with ways to be good citizens in their communities. It features the puppet character Mari who learns about agency and discovers how even one person can make big changes. The series comes from Rana DiOrio, author of a series of picture books What does it mean to be…?and activist Jeannine Harvey, with Kellen Hertz (Tenney) writing.

The prodco also puts a childish touch on historical figures with Remixed story. This unscripted live-action series features kids sharing real-life, humorous stories about contemporary world-changing personalities, played by celebrities. Stephanie Burns (Weird but true), from Pennsylvania-based Steve Rotfeld Productions, created the series concept, which is developed in 22-minute episodes. The volume of the first season has not yet been finalized.

Henson is producing both projects to teach children that they are the future of democratic systems, television president Halle Stanford (pictured) said in a statement. They will join several other activism-focused children’s shows that have recently hit the market. In 2021, Netflix launched an animated musical series We the peopleon rights and responsibilities, and Sesame Workshop released a video clip Proud of your eyes fight anti-Asian racism.

By Ryan Tuchow, Kidscreen