When I think about Disney Junior, I automatically think about cuteness and TV shows my kids love! Puppy Dog Pals is a brand new show starring two super adorable pups Bingo and Rolly. They are thrill seekers and super adventurous, in the first episode you will catch them sneaking on a plane to Hawaii! They also meet A.R.F, a robotic dog who is programmed to clean up their mess.
Each episode will be a new adventure for the adorable pups, they will travel to different places, meet new characters, learn new things and get themselves into all kinds of mischief! Puppy Dog Pals is absolutely adorable and I don’t want to give too much away but kids will love following Bingo and Rolly around on their exciting adventures!
On my recent trip with Disney to San Francisco I not only got a chance to see the first two super cute episodes , I also interviewed Executive Producer Sean Coyle and Disney Junior Creative Executive Diane Ikemiyashiro, both were happy to answer all of our questions and lovely to chat with!
Q: Is there always going to be a trip in each episode?
Sean: Not necessarily always an international destination, but they do definitely get out of the house as much as they can.
Diane: And each episode is sparked by something that they hear from Bob or the other dogs. They think, oh, I need to go find my brother a gift, a birthday gift. It just sparks, that’s how they go out on their adventures.
Some of our episodes that take place in international locations, they’re sparked by something that Bob hears on the news in the morning or that they like. There’s one particular episode that takes place in China. But it has a different kind of twist where the pugs hear from Bob that the Mona Lisa’s missing. This is a catastrophe. It’s the greatest painting in the world. So the dogs think, well, where do we find the greatest painting in the world?
Sean: On the greatest wall in the world.
Q: What are the other characters?
Sean: They’re not introduced all at once. So they’ll be sort of sprinkled in, and then once we meet them they definitely appear more often throughout the season. We have one character who is a junkyard dog who is sort of like the neighborhood big brother. So in their missions whenever they’re just backed up against it and they don’t know what else to do they think, wait, we know a guy who can help us out. And then there is a singing seagull that appears on some of their missions to help out with their journeys.
We have a guinea pig in a pet store window that is a source of information because he hangs out right in the middle of Main Street, he sort of sees and hears everything.
Q: How do you get in a kid’s perspective?
Sean: How do I think like that? Well, in the development stage, I studied my kids’ reaction to a lot of it. I would just feed them character designs and story ideas and ask, would you guys watch a show about two dogs that perhaps go to Hawaii and surf. You gauge what they respond to. We also did, like I mentioned earlier, focus testing, which at the time we basically had sort of nuggets of story ideas. And we had a bunch of artwork that we could show.
We would gauge the reactions of the kids that way as well. Everybody on our crew has kids or has had little kids at some point or knows people with kids or has dogs or knows people with dogs. So the whole crew putting this together is very immersed in all the right things.
Diane: We also test a lot of our shows, or a lot of the episodes in front of children. Our ed team, they go out into schools all over Southern California. And they give story time to the kids, and then they ask the kids questions. And through comprehension or not, that’s how we gauge whether or not a story is working, especially for the youngest audience members.
We do listen and give feedback to the writers and to the team and they incorporate the notes and try to make something that’s entertaining and fun and something that even the youngest kids could grasp.
Sean: Sometimes I even forget. I have to be reminded that some of our audience is still in diapers, which I forget from time to time.
There are 25 episodes in the first season of Puppy Dog Pals and on April 14th you will get to see the first two episodes on Disney Junior! On will also air on the Disney Junior App and One on Youtube!
Check Out the Trailer!
About Puppy Dog Pals
Fun-loving pug puppies, brothers Bingo and Rolly, have thrill-seeking appetites that take them on exhilarating adventures in their neighborhood and around the globe. Whether helping their owner Bob or assisting a friend in need, the pugs’ motto is that life is more exciting with your best friend by your side. Each episode features two 11-minute stories that showcase Bingo and Rolly’s similarities and differences while demonstrating positive lessons about friendship, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and adventure.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Disney, I received a screening of Puppy Dog Pals and attended the Cars 3 Event.