Burnaby, B.C. (September 10, 2019): The beloved animated hosts of Knowledge Kids for the past 10 years are starring in their very first special! Premiering this month, Luna, Chip & Inkie in he Festival of Wishes signals Knowledge Network’s ongoing commitment to high-quality children’s programming that entertains as it supports learning and social development.
“The Festival of Wishes is a milestone in the evolution of our Knowledge Kids animated characters,” said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “We’re expanding the world of Luna, Chip and Inkie from branded elements promoting our other children’s programs, to fully developed personalities with their own voices and storylines. I’ve always thought we needed to create our own exclusive characters to cement a lasting bond with young kids, one trusted by their parents.”
Filled with charm and humour, The Festival of Wishes is set in the west coast environment, with mountains, forests and lots of familiar, lovable wildlife friends. The half-hour animated musical special features the local voice talents of Ashleigh Ball (Inkie), Shannon Chan-Kent (Luna), and Vincent Tong (Chip) with music composed by the award-winning Daniel Ingram. The Festival of Wishes was produced by Knowledge Network in collaboration with Vancouver-based Mainframe Studios.
“Congratulations to the Knowledge Network for supporting innovative, domestic kids’ programming that reflects the world of the Pacific Northwest,” said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare. “This full-length episode highlights the excellent industry talent we have in B.C. My four year old daughter loves Luna, Chip and Inkie and we’re excited to watch and learn together.”
“Working with Knowledge Network to bring their beloved characters to life in their first special was a delight for our studio,” said Michael Hefferon, President and Chief Creative Officer at Mainframe Studios. “Luna, Chip & Inkie will be one of those evergreen properties that brings joy and a positive message to kids and families of all ages every time it's viewed.”
Perfect for family viewing, The Festival of Wishes premieres September 21, 2019 in primetime on Knowledge Network in British Columbia. Viewers across Canada can watch on demand at www.knowledgekids.ca or by downloading the free Knowledge Kids streaming video apps.
“This musical special captures everything that fans love about Luna, Chip and Inkie,” said Michele Paris, Senior Manager of Children’s Programing. “Their sense of humour, perseverance and team work help them overcome a challenge and they get to solve a mystery. As the trios says - no problem’s too tough when we solve it together!”
Luna, Chip & Inkie in The Festival of Wishes is the pilot for a Knowledge-produced series. It is currently in development with production commencing in 2020.
About Knowledge Network:
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is a viewer-supported public broadcaster exploring the world through its commercial-free television and streaming services. Knowledge Network works in partnership with independent producers in British Columbia and Canada to develop and commission children’s and documentary programs that educate, inform and inspire. For more information, visit www.knowledge.ca and www.knowledgekids.ca