On ‘Sesame Avenue,’ Elmo will get a pet (cue adorableness)

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Avenue” is about to get a complete lot cuter.

Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and the remainder of the Muppet gang are introducing a brand new character to the present this summer time — a white-and-brown pet named Tango, The Related Press has discovered.

“We needed to discover that particular bond between kids and pets by introducing this new character,” mentioned Kay Wilson Stallings, the chief vice chairman of inventive and manufacturing at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind “Sesame Avenue.”

Tango will be a part of “Sesame Avenue’s” 52nd season as each an animated character and a live-action Muppet, debuting this fall on HBO Max and streaming on PBS KIDS in 2022.

The pup is first launched in a 30-minute animated particular “Furry Mates Ceaselessly: Elmo Will get a Pet,” debuting on HBO Max on Aug. 5. She’s technically Elmo’s second pet — he has been caring for goldfish Dorothy for a number of years.

“He’s achieved fairly effectively taking good care of his goldfish,” mentioned Wilson Stallings. “We thought he’s been profitable with taking good care of Dorothy and that this might be the following step in his growth and his getting extra duty and his studying and rising.”

Plans to introduce a pet on Sesame Avenue predated the pandemic, when animal adoptions soared. Sesame Workshop hopes Tango results in modeling of age-appropriate assist with pets, their care and feeding.

“The timing of it’s good. It was not like we determined six months in the past ‘Let’s create this new character as a result of lots of people are adopting pandemic pets.’ However we do know that lots of households have been adopting pets in the course of the pandemic as a supply of consolation and pleasure,” mentioned Wilson Stallings.

“With Elmo adopting Tango, it’s going to reflect for a lot of of our kids what they’re experiencing now at dwelling and assist them perceive how greatest to like and maintain their furry pals as effectively.”

Particulars about Tango have been rigorously thought-about, with inside discussions about what she ought to appear to be and what gender to choose. Wilson Stallings, who has a long-haired dachshund at dwelling, put her personal preferences apart for the frequent good.

“We determined that it could actually be greatest to be sure that the best way to have her most accessible and actually attraction to as many youngsters and households as attainable is simply make her like a combined breed,” she mentioned. “She might be just a little of something. Anyone that has a pet would possibly see just a little of their pet inside Tango.”

Within the animated and song-filled movie, Grover and Elmo exit throughout a playdate and are available throughout the pleasant however unhappy, stray pup sitting forlornly in a cardboard field. She loves music and dancing and scratches below her chin. Even Oscar the Grouch calls her a “cute, lovable little fluffball.”

Grover warns Elmo that at any time when approaching a canine, transfer quietly and allow them to sniff the again of your hand. “That is how doggies get to know you. Or, ought to I say, nostril you,” says Grover.

Then the fuzzy monsters understand that the pet is homeless. They determine an area pet truthful is the proper place to seek out her a brand new dwelling. “We are going to discover you the house you deserve, little pet,” says Grover. The pair additionally title the canine after the ballroom dance as a result of that’s what she likes to do.

Alongside the best way, Cookie Monster gives her canine treats and Abby Cadabby cleans her off in a magical bubble tub (“It was enjoyable to get soiled/Now hooray for getting clear”). The songs are by Paul Buckley.

Discovering the pet truthful empty, Elmo involves a realization. “Elmo is aware of the place Tango’s dwelling might be,” he says. Grover asks, ‘The place?” Elmo responds: “With Elmo.” However first he wants parental permission. Elmo guarantees to feed, play, bathe and take Tango for walks. “We do not want a per truthful/To know we’re an ideal pair,” he sings. The message: Let love take you in.

Tango will stay a pet — similar to Elmo will at all times be 3 1/2 years outdated, however Wilson Stallings mentioned her future as a recurring character is shiny, with even the potential of her personal starring function sometime.

“Proper now, we’re simply actually specializing in that relationship between she and Elmo as she will get to turn into extra aware of all the remainder of the characters on ‘Sesame Avenue.’ But when there are tales to be advised and academic causes to take action, we may probably take a look at spinning off Tango into her personal her personal sequence.”

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Mark Kennedy is on Twitter as KennedyTwits

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