Sunny Day
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Created byAbie Longstaff
Based onThe Fairytale Hairdresser books by Abbie Longstaff
Developed byPaula Rosenthal
Written byJodi Reynolds (head writer)
Brian Hohlfeld (head writer; season 1)
Alan Denton (head writer; season 2)
Directed byShawn Seles
Dave Barton Thomas
Joey So
Voices ofLilla Crawford
Rob Morrison
Élan Luz Rivera
Taylor Louderman
Kevin Duda
Melissa van der Schyff
Eleanor Snowdon
ComposersGeorge Gabriel
Peter Lurye
Country of originUnited States
Canada
United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes60 (11 unaired)[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerPaula Rosenthal
ProducersDarin Bristow
Amy Robson
Running time21 minutes
Production companiesSilvergate Media
Pipeline Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
DistributorViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original networkTreehouse TV (Canada)
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr. (UK and US)
Milkshake! (Channel 5) (UK)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseAugust 21, 2017 (2017-08-21) –
March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)

Sunny Day is an animated children's television series produced by Silvergate Media.[2] The series revolves around Sunny (voiced by Lilla Crawford), a tween-age hairdresser who runs her own beauty salon with the help of her dog Doodle (Rob Morrison), hair colorist Rox (Élan Luz Rivera), and receptionist Blair (Taylor Louderman). Sunny's best customers are Timmy (Kevin Duda), who is in charge of hosting events and shows in Sunny's hometown, and Cindy (Melissa van der Schyff), the unlucky town baker who has a constant bad hair day. The series is loosely based on the Random House picture book series The Fairytale Hairdresser by Abie Longstaff and illustrated by Lauren Beard. Each episode features an original song written by Peter Lurye.

For the first season, 40 episodes were produced by Silvergate in association with the Canadian animation company Pipeline Studios.[3] On April 5, 2016, the show was renewed for a second season of 20 episodes.[4][5] The series premiered on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 21, 2017. New episodes moved to the separate Nick Jr. Channel in October 2018. The show also aired in Canada on Treehouse TV and on Nick Jr. and Milkshake! in the United Kingdom.

Premise

Taking place in the seaside town of Friendly Falls, the series follows a professional hairstylist named Sunny who works at her own salon. Sunny uses her creativity and knowledge of hair care to solve problems.[1] The other salon employees are Sunny's talking dog Doodle, Rox the hair colourist, and Blair the receptionist. Sunny's best customers are Timmy, who hosts every town event in Friendly Falls, and Cindy, the unlucky local baker with constantly messy hair.

While the setting of the series is different, the message and characterization mirror Abie Longstaff's original vision in The Fairytale Hairdresser books, which feature salon-owner Kittie Lacey, "the facilitator and the problem-solver … at the heart of the community"[6] "who works hard, defeats evil-doers, [and] shows solidarity with the girls she helps."[7]

Characters

Main

Recurring

Antagonists

Episodes

Main article: List of Sunny Day episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotNovember 17, 2016 (2016-11-17)
140August 21, 2017 (2017-08-21)June 23, 2019 (2019-06-23)
220April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14)March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)

Broadcast

Sunny Day debuted on Treehouse TV in Canada in September 2017 and debuted on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2018. The series debuted in Australia on Nick Jr. on 19 February 2018.

Home media

Nickelodeon, and Paramount Home Entertainment released the first DVD of the show with the same title on May 22, 2018. They then released a second DVD, Welcome to Pet Parlor, on September 3, 2019. On March 24, 2021, the first season was added to Paramount+, with the second season being added on September 15.[8]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Sunny Day Nominated [9]

Merchandise

Books are released, and a toy line from Mattel was confirmed.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b Jessica Pena (3 March 2017). "Butterbean's Café, Sunny Day, Top Wing: Nickelodeon Announces New Kid Series". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 28. ISBN 9781476672939.
  3. ^ Animation Magazine (4 March 2016). "Silvergate producing Sunny Day for Nickelodeon". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ Silvergate Media (5 April 2016). "Production of Sunny Day ramps up with Season Two". Silvergate Media. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ "MIPTV News Bytes". Animation Magazine. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ Abie Longstaff, "On creating The Fairytale Hairdresser series", Library Mice, 12 July 2014
  7. ^ Imogen Russell Williams, "Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls ", The Guardian, 30 July 2015
  8. ^ "Sunny Day". Paramount+. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  9. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (27 April 2018). "2018 Daytime Emmy winners: Full list of Creative Arts Awards winners and nominees". GoldDerby. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Sunny Day Gets Second Season at Nickelodeon (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.