Donkey Hodie
Donkey Hodie logo.png
Created byDavid Rudman
Adam Rudman
Inspired bythe work of Fred Rogers
Developed byEllen Doherty
Starring
Theme music composerBill Sherman
Opening theme"With Our Pal Donkey Hodie" performed by Taylor Iman Jones, Haley Jenkins, Frankie Cordero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, and David Rudman
Ending theme"With Our Pal Donkey Hodie" (instrumental)
Composers
  • Bill Sherman
  • Zack Zeyde
  • Noah Deblasis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producers
  • David Rudman
  • Adam Rudman
  • Ellen Doherty
Producers
  • Adam Rudman
  • David Rudman
  • Ellen Doherty
  • Kristin DiQuollo
Production companies
Distributor9 Story Media Group (worldwide)
Release
Original networkPBS Kids
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio format5.1 Surround
Original releaseMay 3, 2021 (2021-05-03) –
present
Chronology
Related showsMister Rogers' Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Donkey Hodie is an American educational children's television series inspired by characters created by Fred Rogers. The series premiered May 3, 2021 on PBS Kids[1] and is the second spinoff of Rogers' television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood after Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.[2]

On April 7, 2022, it was announced Donkey Hodie was renewed for a second season which will premiere in Spring 2023.[3]

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

The characters of Duck Duck, Clyde the Cloud, Game Show Gator, Stanley the Dragon, and Super Porcupine are new characters created for the Donkey Hodie series.[4]

Episodes

No.Title [5]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [5]Prod.
code [6]
1"Flying Flapjacks"
"Pickle Penguin Problem"
David RudmanJoey MazzarinoMay 3, 2021 (2021-05-03)102

Flying Flapjacks: Donkey wants to make Flying Flapjacks all by herself, but she makes a lot of mistakes. She then realizes that she hasn't been doing it by herself, and that everybody needs help sometimes.

Pickle Penguin Problem: Panda loses his new Pickle Penguin in some rocks, and Donkey tries to help him get it out. They both learn that laughter can make hard things easier.
2"A Big Favor for Grampy"
"A Fair Way to Bounce"
David RudmanAdam & David Rudman
Joey Mazzarino
May 3, 2021 (2021-05-03)101

A Big Favor for Grampy: Donkey has to walk Grampy's pet elephant, Gregory while Grampy goes to juggling practice. But Donkey can't all because Gregory refuses to budge and soon she gets really frustrated! Clyde the Cloud teaches Donkey that she can breathe to chill out when she gets upset or frustrated.

A Fair Way to Bounce: Harriett has made a new invention called the Bounce-a-rino! But the gang can't decide who goes first, and come up with unfair ways to decide! They all then learn that there is always a fair way to decide about something, and have fun on the Bounce-a-rino!
3"Super Duper Sleepover"
"Mountain Climb Time"
David RudmanAdam & David RudmanMay 4, 2021 (2021-05-04)103

Super Duper Sleepover: Donkey and Panda are having a super duper sleepover, but they find a monster in the dark and they can't go to sleep! When they find out that is just Panda's toys, they realize that there is always an explanation for things that might seem scary.

Mountain Climb Time: Donkey and Panda want to climb up Mt. Really High Up, but while Panda wants to stop, Donkey wants to reach the top. Even though they didn't reach the top, Grampy teaches them that practice makes perfect.
4"The Waiting Game"
"Planet Purple Party"
David RudmanAdam Rudman
David Rudman
May 5, 2021 (2021-05-05)104

The Waiting Game: Donkey wants to open a big present from Harriett, but she has to wait for her friends to get there! The gang and Donkey learn that when you wait, you can have lots of fun!

Planet Purple Party: It's Mama Panda's birthday today on Planet Purple, so Panda plans to throw her a surprise party and he keeps forgetting things! He learns that there are ways to keep track of things and Mama Panda has a great birthday party.
5"The Masked Veggies"
"The Royal Hosts"
David RudmanJoey Mazzarino
Liz Hara
May 6, 2021 (2021-05-06)

The Masked Veggies: Panda is on Game Show Gator's newest show, The Masked Veggies, and Panda is nervous. In the final round, he learns that his friends are always there, even when he can't see them.

The Royal Hosts: Donkey and Panda have to act as Royal Hosts for King Friday's visit from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, but they don't know what kings like to do, because they think King Friday won't like their silly game. They learn that they should always try ideas, even when you're worried about them.
6"Chili Jamboree"
"Hoof Dancing is Hard"
David RudmanJoey MazzarinoMay 10, 2021 (2021-05-10)

Chili Jamboree: Bob Dog (really) can't wait for Grampy's slow cook chili! He and his pals sing to help pass the time, but it doesn't help. But, Bob Dog learns that he can do something he loves to help him wait.

Hoof Dancing is Hard: Donkey wants to learn how to hoof dance, but she just can't get it! What is she doing wrong? She learns from Grampy that in order to be a good hoof dancer, she needs to practice.
7"The Yodel Birds Are Coming"
"A Lot of Hot"
David RudmanAdam Rudman
David Rudman
May 11, 2021 (2021-05-11)

The Yodel Birds Are Coming: The yodel birds are coming to Someplace Else! The gang is making a rest nest, but Donkey and Bob Dog keep doing their part wrong.

A Lot of Hot!: Someplace Else is having a heatwave. It's too hot to do ANYTHING! But in order to cool everyone down, Donkey and Duck Duck set up a lemonade stand.
8"Growing the Ungrowdenia"
"Camp Buddy Buddy"
David RudmanStephanie D'Abruzzo
Joey Mazzarino
May 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)[7]

Growing the Ungrowdenia: Donkey is growing an Ungrowdenia in her yard. When it gets big, she wants it to get even BIGGER! But, is that really a good thing?

Camp Buddy Buddy: Donkey and Panda are visiting Camp Buddy Buddy today! But, their plans keep going awry. But they know to change the plan, and have a great time at Camp Buddy Buddy too.
9"Art Show Today"
"The Lavender Lights"
David RudmanAdam Rudman
David Rudman
May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13)

Art Show Today: Donkey is creating a sculpture for the Someplace Else art show. When she keeps making mistakes, she feels ready to give up.

Lavender Lights: Panda wants to bring his pals to see the Lavender Lights in outer space, but Duck Duck is afraid of taking off in spaceships.
10"Spooky Shadow Swamp"
"Hidden Orchestra"
David RudmanJoey MazzarinoMay 17, 2021 (2021-05-17)

Spooky Shadow Swamp: When Donkey and Panda lose Bob Dog’s favorite ball in Spooky Shadow Swamp, they must find their inner brave to get it back.

Hidden Orchestra: To join the Hidden Orchestra, Donkey must complete a scavenger hunt for hidden instruments. Will she remember all the steps?
11"Squibbit"
"Teamwork Challenge"
David RudmanAllan Neuwirth
Adam Rudman & Joey Mazzarino
May 18, 2021 (2021-05-18)

Squibbit: A noisy penguin interrupts Donkey and Panda’s band practice. Will they figure out what she wants so she stops squibbiting?

Teamwork Challenge: The pals team up for Gator’s latest gameshow, but can’t agree on answers to his clues. Will they learn to work together to win?
12"The Fastest Fetcher"
"Bobbly Ball"
David RudmanBelinda Ward & Stephanie D’Abruzzo
Adam Rudman
May 19, 2021 (2021-05-19)

The Fastest Fetcher: Bob Dog quits fetching when he loses the "Fastest Fetcher" gameshow. Will he find something else to be the best at?

Bobbly Ball: Donkey and Panda get bored practicing Bobbly Ball. They find ways to make practice fun so they can catch the ball and win a surprise!
13"The Royal Sandcastle Builders"
"Bobski Bounce"
David RudmanJoey Mazzarino
Louie Lazar & Adam Rudman
May 24, 2021 (2021-05-24)

The Royal Sandcastle Builders: Donkey and Panda want to help King Friday build a sandcastle, but when it keeps falling, they get frustrated. Can they reach their goal?

Bobski Bounce: Donkey hasn’t been able to complete the Bobski Bounce Challenge. Can Bob Dog help her learn from her mistakes?
14"The Cow and Potato Bug Opera"
"Everything Explorers"
David RudmanJoey Mazzarino & Liz Hara
Adam Rudman
August 9, 2021 (2021-08-09)

The Cow and Potato Bug Opera: Donkey is excited to direct a new show starring all her pals. But when she needs to become an actor in the show, can she let Panda be the new leader?

Everything Explorers: Donkey and Panda discover a surprise spider, but every time they get close to it, it jumps away!
15"The Golden Crunchdoodles"
"Walking Stick Blues"
David RudmanLiz Hara
Adam Rudman & George Arthur Bloom
August 10, 2021 (2021-08-10)

The Golden Crunchdoodles: Donkey and Panda discover a golden rainbow outside after a storm. Will it lead them to a mythical bowl of Golden Crunchdoodles cereal?

Walking Stick Blues: When Grampy's walking stick breaks, Donkey vows to help fix it. But how? Maybe her pals’ ideas can help.
16"Good Dog School"
"Panda Hodie"
David RudmanStephanie D'AbruzzoAugust 11, 2021 (2021-08-11)

Good Dog School: Bob Dog is nervous about his Good Dog School graduation. When his pals remind him of what he's good at, will he find the confidence to graduate?

Panda Hodie: Panda loses his Super Porcupine puppet. If Donkey pretends she is Panda, can she find it for him?
17"Bye Bye, Book"
"Tater Buddies"
David RudmanBelinda Ward
Joey Mazzarino
August 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)

Bye Bye, Book: Duck Duck builds a book swap box so all her pals can share books, but it's harder to give away her books than she thought.

Tater Buddies: The pals throw a party for their Tater Buddy dolls. When one of his friends is upset, can Panda spot the signs and help?
18"Donkey's Bad Day"
"Yodel Bird Egg"
David RudmanLiz Hara
Belinda Ward
August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)

Donkey's Bad Day: Donkey and Panda's Awesome, Extra Fun, Very Good Day keeps going badly. Will Donkey find a way to cheer herself up?

Yodel Bird Egg:Donkey and Panda find a yodel bird egg with no mama in sight! They vow to protect it, but it's harder than they expect.
19"Mooing Moon Moths"
"Stop and Think"
David RudmanLiz Hara
Belinda Ward
November 22, 2021 (2021-11-22)

Mooing Moon Moths: Donkey is excited to see the Mooing Moon Moths! But, she accidentally scares them away. How will her and Panda be able to find the Mooing Moon Moths of Moo Moth Moon?

Stop and Think: Bob Dog is looking for his boogie bone, but he can't find it! Where could it be? The thing he needs to do to help find it: stop and think!
20"Best Friends Day"
"Silly Sticky Situation"
David RudmanLiz Hara
Belinda Ward
November 23, 2021 (2021-11-23)

Best Friends Day: It's Best Friends Day! But, Donkey and Panda want to do two different things, but the other doesn't want to do the other's idea. Soon, Best Friends Day becomes Best Friends Apart Day.

Silly Sticky Situation: During art time, Donkey accidentally gets herself stuck to a giant glue bottle! But when Duck Duck, Bob Dog, and Purple Panda also get stuck, the gang gets in a truly sticky situation, literally!
21"Potato Pirates"
"Panda's Special Something"
TBATBANovember 24, 2021 (2021-11-24)

Potato Pirates: To find the Ruby Red Tater Treasure, Captain Donkey realizes she needs to stop and listen to her pirate crew.

Panda's Special Something: Panda discovers his favorite hoodie from when he was little, but it’s too small for him now. Can he find a special way to say goodbye to it?
22"The Try Scouts"
"Wiz-Kazizz-Kazaam"
TBATBANovember 25, 2021 (2021-11-25)

The Try Scouts: Donkey and Panda become Try Scouts and must complete hard challenges to earn badges. If they fail, will they try again?

Wiz-Kazizz-Kazaam: Donkey and Duck Duck teach Bob Dog how to play a new game. When his different emotions disrupt the game, it's hard for his pals to play.
23"A Night Out"
"Poetry Problem"
TBATBAMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)

A Night Out: The pals are excited to sleep under the stars, but it’s Donkey’s first time. Can Panda and Duck Duck help her feel less afraid?

Poetry Problem: Panda forgot his poetry notebook at Donkey's. Will Donkey find it inside her messy windmill before his poetry recital?
24"Groovy Guitar"
"Treasure Nest"
David RudmanTBAMarch 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)

Groovy Guitar: Donkey’s guitar goes missing right before the talent show. Panda and Duck Duck help her look all around for it.

Treasure Nest: Duck Duck finally finds her family's Treasure Nest, but she can’t open it! Maybe she needs to look at the problem in a new way.
25"Swoop-a-Rino"
"Duck Duck's Great Adventure"
TBATBAMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)

Swoop-a-Rino: Donkey and Bob Dog love riding Harriett’s new Swoop-a-rino, but Duck Duck can't figure out how to fly it. Can she learn to do it?

Duck Duck's Great Adventure: Donkey takes Duck Duck on an adventure where she has to make a lot of choices. How will she decide which way to go?
26"Being Bob Dog"
"Panda Panda"
TBATBAMarch 25, 2022 (2022-03-25)

Being Bob Dog: Donkey and Panda don't know what to give Bob Dog for his birthday, so they pretend to be him to figure out the bow-wowiest present ever!

Panda Panda: There are too many Pandas! Donkey and Panda’s playdate goes awry when they find one of Harriett’s inventions.
27"Piano Problem"
"Bongo-Lympics"
TBATBAJune 6, 2022 (2022-06-06)

Piano Problem: Donkey and Purple Panda has to get a piano to Gampy's Sing-Along. Can they make it?

Bongo-Lympics: Purple Panda practices to compete in the Bongo-lympics with the help of Donkey.
28"Cheesy Con"
"Stanley's One-Dragon Show"
TBATBAJune 7, 2022 (2022-06-07)

Cheesy Con: Donkey and Purple Panda looks forward to the Cheesy Con, but Donkey hurts her ankle after slipping on a toy dump truck and has to stay home.

Stanley's One Dragon Show: Donkey has to help a dragon improve their show before the show starts.
29"Acornball"
"Super Duper Magic Fun Box"
TBATBAJune 8, 2022 (2022-06-08)

Acornball: Donkey and Purple Panda wants to play Game Show Gator's latest game, but it's not ready yet so they invent their own game.

Super Duper Magic Fan Box: Purple Panda and Donkey gets a package from Purple Planet. What is in it?
30"The Potato Stand"
"Clyde's Surprise Playdate"
TBATBAJune 9, 2022 (2022-06-09)

The Potato Stand: Donkey opens up her own potato stand, but has trouble getting customers to come to her stand.

Clyde's Surprise Playdate: When Donkey hears Clyde never had a playdate, she decides to give Clyde his first playdate.

Production

The series was announced in January 2020. The title character is the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie, a character from the Neighborhood of Make Believe on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[4][8][9][10]

Music

Like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, the series includes both new songs as well as songs written by Rogers.

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

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2021 TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Donkey Hodie Nominated
2022 Writers Guild of America Awards Outstandng Writing In An Educational Program Adam Rudman
David Rudman
Joey Mazzarino
Pending

References

  1. ^ "TV Talk: New 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' spin-off debuts in May". TribLIVE.com. January 27, 2021. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "'Donkey Hodie,' PBS KIDS Series Inspired by 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' Premieres 3 May 2021 with help/funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting". PBS. PBS Publicity. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  3. ^ "'Donkey Hodie' Tilts at Second Season on PBS KIDS". April 6, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Graeber, Laurel (May 2, 2021). "'Donkey Hodie' Adds a Fresh Face to Fred Rogers's World. And a Mohawk". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Donkey Hodie Episode Listings". The Futon Critic.
  6. ^ "Donkey Hodie Season 1".
  7. ^ "Donkey Hodie". KET. December 30, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  8. ^ Tuchow, Ryan (January 13, 2020). "Fred Rogers sees space for more puppets". KidScreen.
  9. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (January 27, 2021). "'Donkey Hodie' Continues the Mister Rogers Legacy on PBS KIDS May 3". Animation Magazine.
  10. ^ "Donkey Hodie". 9 Story.