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Donkey Hodie
Donkey Hodie logo.png
Created by David Rudman
Adam Rudman
Developed by Ellen Doherty
Starring
  • Haley Jenkins
  • Stephanie D'Abruzzo
  • David Rudman
  • Frankie Cordero
Theme music composer Bill Sherman
Opening theme "Here Comes Donkey Hodie" performed by Taylor Iman Jones, Haley Jenkins, Frankie Cordero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, and David Rudman
Ending theme "Here Comes Donkey Hodie" (instrumental)
Composer(s)
  • Bill Sherman
  • Zack Zeyde
  • Noah Deblasis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David Rudman
  • Adam Rudman
  • Ellen Doherty
Producer(s)
  • Adam Rudman
  • David Rudman
  • Ellen Doherty
  • Kristin DiQuollo
Production company(s)
Distributor 9 Story Media Group (worldwide)
Release
Original network PBS Kids
Original release May 3, 2021 (2021-05-03) – present
Chronology
Related shows Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Donkey Hodie is an American educational children's television series that premiered on May 3, 2021 on PBS Kids. Drawing its inspiration from the characters of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe by Fred Rogers, the show is funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, PNC Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It is the second spinoff of Mister Rogers Neighborhood after Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Plot

In the land of Someplace Else, just north of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Donkey Hodie and her friends go throughout their day while solving different problems along the way.

Cast

  • Haley Jenkins as Donkey Hodie, the granddaughter of Grampy Hodie (the original Donkey Hodie).
  • Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Duck Duck (a new character who is not based on any Mister Rogers' Neighborhood character) and as Harriet Elizabeth Cow.
  • David Rudman as Bob Dog and as Grampy Hodie.
  • Frankie Cordero as Purple Panda.
  • Peter Linz as Clyde the Cloud (like Duck Duck, he is a new character who is not based on any Mister Rogers' Neighborhood character).
  • Matt Vogel as King Friday, the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
  • Joey Mazzarino as Game Show Gator (like Duck Duck and Clyde the Cloud, he is a new character who is not based on any ‘’Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’’ character).

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
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1 "Flying Flapjacks"
"Pickle Penguin Problem"
David Rudman Joey Mazzarino May 3, 2021 (2021-05-03) 106
2 "A Big Favor for Grampy"
"A Fair Way to Bounce"
David Rudman Adam Rudman
David Rudman
Joey Mazzarino
May 3, 2021 (2021-05-03) 105
3 "Super Duper Sleepover"
"Mountain Climb Time"
David Rudman Adam Rudman
David Rudman
May 4, 2021 (2021-05-04) 102
4 "The Waiting Game"
"Planet Purple Party"
David Rudman Adam Rudman
David Rudman
May 5, 2021 (2021-05-05) 101
5 "The Masked Veggies"
"The Royal Hosts"
David Rudman Joey Mazzarino
Liz Hara
May 6, 2021 (2021-05-06) 109
6 "Chili Jamboree"
"Hoof Dancing is Hard"
David Rudman Joey Mazzarino May 10, 2021 (2021-05-10) 107
7 "The Yodel Birds Are Coming"
"A Lot of Hot"
David Rudman Adam Rudman
David Rudman
May 11, 2021 (2021-05-11) 103
8 "Growing the Ungrowdenia"
"Camp Buddy Buddy"
David Rudman Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Joey Mazzarino
May 12, 2021 (2021-05-12) 108
9 "Art Show Today"
"The Lavender Lights"
David Rudman Adam Rudman
David Rudman
May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13) 104
10 "Spooky Shadow Swamp"
"Hidden Orchestra"
David Rudman Joey Mazzarino May 17, 2021 (2021-05-17) 111
11 "Squibbit"
"Teamwork Challenge"
David Rudman Allan Neuwirth
Adam Rudman
Joey Mazzarino
May 18, 2021 (2021-05-18) 112
12 "The Fastest Fetcher"
"Bobbly Ball"
David Rudman Belinda Ward
Stephanie D’Abruzzo
Adam Rudman
May 19, 2021 (2021-05-19) 110
13 "The Royal Sandcastle Builders"
"Bobski Bounce"
TBA TBA May 24, 2021 (2021-05-24) 113

Production

In January 2020, it was announced that a spinoff of Mister Roger's Neighborhood featuring Donkey Hodie was being developed, with the character being redesigned as a more modern felt-faced puppet. The titular character is the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie, a character from the Neighborhood of Make Believe on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. On January 28, 2021, the website for the show was released, along with the logo and theme song.

Music

Like the previous Mr. Rogers spinoff Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, the series includes both new songs and newer versions of hits from the Fred Rogers archive.

The music for the show was composed by Bill Sherman, Zack Zeyde, and Noah Deblasis.

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