Irish animation studio Kavaleer Productions has released 13 new episodes of the popular STEM-inspired children’s animation, Kiva Can Do!, which will launch on RTEJr on 5 September. The first two seasons of the hugely popular TV show were translated into 26 languages and sold globally to over 140 territories worldwide, including Nick Jr., Gulli and Knowledge Kids.
Kiva Can Do! follows the adventures of seven-year-old Kiva Kain, the world’s greatest kid-inventor; Saul Dunne, her mechanically-minded best friend; and Angus, their intrepid cardboard puppy companion, in highly imaginative adventures that take the trio just about anywhere. This show is for preschoolers whose heroes need only a cardboard box, some bits and bobs, and a whole lot of imagination to have a grand adventure!
“We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to RTEjr this autumn with a new batch of Kiva Can Do! episodes,” said Kavaleer CEO and series creator Andrew Kavanag. “Since the show launched in 2017, Kiva has gathered fans around the globe and her can-do attitude has inspired and empowered children at home too. The latest season is perhaps the funniest yet, and we can’t wait for audiences new and old to join Kiva, Saul and Angus on their latest adventures!”
Kiva Can Do! was created to encourage children to engage in imaginative play with STEM-themed stories presented in a fun, engaging and accessible format. Season three was announced as part of RTE’s new season line-up this week and all 13 episodes of the new program were written by comedy legends Mick O’Hara and Ciaran Morrison (Zig & Zag, Podge & Rodge). The show stars Nina Wadia (Netflix’s The Sandman) as Nanni Praveena and newcomers Cecilia Henderson as Kiva and Flynn Gray as Saul.
“RTEjr is so excited to welcome back Kiva and her family for a brand-new series of Kiva Can Do!,” said RTÉ head of content and young people’s content Suzanne Kelly. “This beautifully observed, laugh-out-loud, cross-generational series delivers everything our audience adores; oodles of curiosity, sparks of imagination and awesome adventures. We can’t wait!”
The animation was partially funded by Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTE and Section 481 Tax Credit. International sales for the show are being handled by Brian Lacey of Lacey Entertainment / Happy Audience.