Pinkalicious is being turned into an animated TV series for kids.
Boston-based WGBH optioned the rights to the New York Times bestseller, and while no premiere date has been set yet, the public broadcaster has already asked Curious George executive producer Dorothea Gillim to oversee production.
Originally published in 2006, Pinkalicious has sold more than 17 million copies, including the one my daughter has in permanent bedtime story rotation. With more than 40 titles in the series – Purplicious, Silverlicious and Goldilicious are popular follow-ups – Pinkalicious is also a stage show thanks to the Vital Theatre Company who debuted Pinkalicious the Musical at the McGinn Cazale Theater New York City in 2006. Since then, the live production has played to pinkariffic audiences around the United States and Canada.
Inspired by author Victoria Kann’s daughters, the books are all about a pigtailed little girl named Pinkalicious who puffy heart loves the color pink. And while they bring up valid discussion points for young kids and their parents – choices and consequences, imaginary friends, sharing – the plot lines outside of the first book are pretty disconnected and don’t make a lot of sense.
Let’s hope the series will inspire focused storylines and age-appropriate takeaways that really inspire kids with Kann’s signature illustrations brought to life.
Photo credits: Harper Collins, Victoria + Elizabeth Kann