Little Airplane Productions
|Television production company|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York|
Josh Selig (president)|
3rd & Bird
Little Airplane Productions is an American television production company, most well known for producing preschool television programs. Founded by Josh Selig in 1998, the company created and produced Wonder Pets! and Oobi for Nickelodeon, Go, Baby! for Playhouse Disney, and 3rd & Bird for the BBC's children's channel CBeebies.
The company's studios are located in New York City's South Street Seaport. Animation, design, voice-over, and storyboarding are completed in a 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) building. The studio also houses a recording facility where the music for its productions is recorded under the direction of Jeffrey Lesser.
In December 2017, Little Airplane was acquired by the Belgian company Studio 100.
- Oobi was the company's first television venture. It began as a series of interstitials on Noggin and Nick Jr, was picked up as a long-form series in 2003.
- Wonder Pets! is a production for Nickelodeon, focusing on the adventures of three classroom pets. It ran for three seasons.
- 3rd & Bird is an animated series co-produced by Little Airplane Productions and CBeebies. The series premiered on CBeebies in July 2008 and aired in 18 territories abroad.
- Go, Baby! is a short-form animated series narrated by Richard Kind. It is shown on Disney Junior.
- Tobi! is a series of four-minute visual poems that aired on Treehouse TV in Canada. It was distributed by the Paris-based company AWOL Animation.
- Small Potatoes debuted at the 12th annual BAMKids International Film Festival. It is currently airing on CBeebies.
- Super Wings, a CGI-animated series about airplanes, premiered on March 14, 2015. It was created by Gil Hoon Jung.
- The Olive Branch is a series of one-minute stories about two characters who achieve conflict resolution, told without words.
- P. King Duckling is a co-production with Chinese company Uyoung Animation. The series premiered on Disney Junior on November 7, 2016.
- The Time-Out Chair is a short film written and directed by Selig in 2002. The short was filmed in East Village, Manhattan and shown at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Linny the Guinea Pig is a collection of two short films about a guinea pig who embarks on adventures. The shorts, which inspired the Wonder Pets! show, were aired on Nickelodeon in 2003.
- The Jo B. & G. Raff Show! was a television pilot for Amazon Studios that Selig wrote and directed in 2014.
The Little Light Foundation
In 2009, Little Airplane Productions created a non-profit initiative called "The Little Light Foundation." The Foundation's first project was the animated series The Olive Branch for Nick Jr.
The Little Airplane Café
In the summer of 2009 Little Airplane Productions launched the Little Airplane Café. Laurie Berkner opened the restaurant in July 2009. Her performance was broadcast live on SiriusXM. Guests have included Jon Scieszka, Milkshake, and Suzi Shelton.
The Little Airplane Academy
Little Airplane Academy offers a three-day workshop twice a year at the company's South Street Seaport studios. Participants learn the fundamentals of creating a preschool series including pitching, writing, character design, directing and producing live action and animated shows. In 2009, the Academy ran a one-day writing workshop with Susan Kim. Little Airplane has also hosted workshops in Qatar, England, and Norway.
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