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Marc Brown’s “Hop” Now Streaming on Max


Hop, the new preschool series from Arthur creator Marc Brown, is now streaming on Max.

Co-created by Brown, former Arthur head writer Peter K. Hirsch, and Brown’s son Tolon, Hop centers on a group of best friends who go on adventures that teach preschoolers to embrace people’s uniqueness, both that of their own and of others. With Hop, a frog with one leg shorter than the other, these friends address various kid relatable challenges.

Set in a community called Fair Village, the episodes are grounded in emotional reality but goes into fantasy, with a world populated by dragons, trolls, and talking banjos. The series sets out to captivate audiences with journeys that include friendship, life lessons, and endless possibilities.

Hop marks a significant milestone in children’s entertainment, with the entire main cast having some type of disability or other thing that makes them different, which sets out to help kids relate to challenges that are reflected in the show. RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization that fights stigma and works to advance opportunity for people with disabilities, consults on the series.

In addition to Hop (voiced by David Connoly, the first amputee to perform on Broadway), the main cast consists of Penny, Hop’s slightly older sibling (Moneesha “Misha” Bakshi); Hoot, the life of the party (Makeda Bromfield); Filipa, an intelligent squrrel who is neurodivergent (Charlotte Walker); Benny, a sweet, shy, and neurotic alligator (Jake Shannon); and Alfred Beaver, the youngest of the group who loves to hang out with the others (Bromfield).

“I am beyond excited to finally share Hop April 4th on Max,” said Brown. “I believe we’ve created a safe, inviting show that will challenge our viewers to understand and appreciate people who are not like them, and to encourage children to act with tolerance and kindness. This show is a labor of love, and I hope it brings joy and inspiration to children and families everywhere.” The series is produced by Toronto based Epic Story Media and animated by Quebec City based Loomi Animation. Six episodes out of a total of 26 are currently streaming.

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