Now entering its 44th season, the evergreen Sesame Street has a first to be shown on Thursday morning on ABC-TV: a cute clip about Australian culture and Five Kangaroos, featuring Mauboy.
Five Kangaroos also features children from Yipirinya State Primary School in Alice Springs, and it marks the first time Indigenous Australian content has been broadcast on the world’s longest running children’s television program.
The clip was produced and filmed in the Australian outback by Brisbane-based Carbon Media. It showcases the best of Australia’s natural beauty and teaches kids to count in an engaging and entertaining way, complete with kangaroos and boomerangs.
“Filming the Five Kangaroos clip for Sesame Street out in Alice Springs was an amazing experience! Like most Aussie kids, I grew up watching Sesame Street and to join other well-known Australians like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman who have appeared on Sesame Street and introduce Sesame Street viewers to our Indigenous culture here in Australia is a huge honour,”says Jessica.
Creator of Five Kangaroos, Wayne Denning of Carbon Media, is passionate about presenting Indigenous content on the world-stage, and found Sesame Street to be an ideal platform to educate children throughout both Australia, and overseas.
“When we pitched the idea to Sesame Street, we never imagined they’d agree to us creating and producing a segment for the program. Let’s face it – Sesame Street is the longest, most famous street in the world! We’re thrilled to be the first Australian company to create an animated clip for the brand, and to have Jessica Mauboy on board to showcase Australia’s natural beauty is amazing,” he says.
The Five Kangaroos first aired in the US in January, and will air on ABC2 on Thursday 20th March.
Other celebrities to appear on Sesame Street in the new season include Academy Award and nominated actors, Charlize Theron and Forest Whitaker, actress Anna Kendrick and performer Usher.