Children’s programming on Amazon is about to get a dose of some 'Illadelph' flavor courtesy of The Roots. The Grammy-winning hip-hop band is currently developing both an animated and a live action children series through their Passyunk Productions company for the streaming platform.
This new and surprising collaboration will bring the animated series, "South Street Sounds" to life. According to Variety:
"The animated series follows three friends growing up in the most musical of neighborhoods, where the birds tweet to a beat, every shop-keeper, pizza-maker and crossing guard dance perfectly in time, and having a bad day means literally singing the blues.
The neighborhood inspires the kids the form a band called South Street Together."
The legendary Roots Crew’s Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, also one of the show’s executive producers, spoke to about this new partnership.
"As we venture into the world that is film and television production, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Amazon to help us develop these first two children’s projects."
Fellow executive producer and The Roots frontman MC, Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter, added:
"Our love for music started as young kids, and we hope to inspire a generation of future artists, musicians, and music fans through the stories we tell and the music they hear on these shows."
The series will be written by Becky Friedman (Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood) and feature music by The Roots. No word yet on the specifics on the live action series.
The Roots aren’t strangers to children programming. Back in 2008, they performed on Nick Jr.'s award-winning show, "Yo Gabba Gabba!"