A team of animators in Brooklyn is hoping to help kids around the country sketch out some new math skills. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Peg and her feline companion, known simply as Cat, are the stars of an upcoming animated pre-school series called "Peg + Cat". It's the creation of writer Billy Aronson and artist Jennifer Oxley, chosen by PBS out of three dozen proposals for a math show kids could have fun with.
"I knew instantly that I wanted to team myself with the best most creative, funniest writer in the world, and Bill Aronson came to the top of the list," Oxley said.
"We put our heads together and came up with an idea that we both liked together. She had some characters she had drawn and I had some concepts for shows and one of my concepts matched with one of her drawings and it just went from there," Aronson said.
The pair went on to make a pilot episode and received the backing of the Fred Rogers Company, founded by Mister Rogers himself.
Originally working out of their Brooklyn homes, they started a company called 987 Productions and moved into a space on Gold Street in bustling Downtown Brooklyn, where they have a staff of around 20.
"It's a little bit cheaper in Brooklyn, it's a lot hipper, and it's near where we live, which is great because Jennifer has a young kid, I have a young wife, we like to be near them, and a lot of the folks working for us either live near here or can get here pretty quick," Aronson noted.
Next for Aronson and Oxley is the premiere of their show on October 7 on PBS Kids, which can be seen locally on WNET channel 13.
"The fact that little ideas that we were coming up with in our apartments are now being made into TV shows that still blows my mind," Oxley said.
"We can't wait for the idea that it's going to be on TV all over the country," Aronson said.
For more information, visit pbskids.org/peg.