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Tel Aviv studio partners with Jim Henson Company on animated series

Show offers ‘climate hope’ with fairytale story of twin siblings and epic seasonal battle

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

The Jim Henson Company and Israel's Ananey Studios are partnering on "The Season Keepers," a new 2D animated series (Courtesy)
The Jim Henson Company and Israel's Ananey Studios are partnering on "The Season Keepers," a new 2D animated series (Courtesy)

The Jim Henson Company, creators of “Fraggle Rock” and named for the famed Muppets creator and puppeteer, has collaborated with Israeli Ananey Studios, part of the Paramount Israel group, to create “The Season Keepers,” a new animated series for kids.

Agayoff’s modern-day fairy tale is inspired by and partly named for Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” with a fantastical story about twins Lia and Ben, whose parents’ divorce sends them to their grandmother’s small village.

They arrive in the midst of an epic battle between the seasons and discover magical mediation gifts and other powers they didn’t realize they had, which they use to save their family and the world of nature.

The creators called it a series that looks at “climate hope.”

Halle Stanford, president of television at The Jim Henson Company, said in a statement that it’s an honor to work with the “extraordinary creative team from Israel.”

“From the minute Hila, Gili, and Shirley shared with us Bosmat Agayoff’s gorgeous designs for her creation The Season Keepers, we knew this was the next fantasy world we wanted to explore at The Jim Henson Company,” said Stanford.

“The Season Keepers” is created and designed by Bosmat Agayoff (“Where is Anne Frank?” “Barbie Dreamtopia”) and directed by Gili Dolev with executive producers Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford for The Jim Henson Company and Orly Atlas-Katz will serve as executive producer for Ananey Studios.

Dolev, Hila Pachter and Shirley Oran will also serve as executive producers, as part of Ananey, a Tel Aviv-based studio that develops content for a variety of genres and ages.

Frequent Henson collaborator Craig Bartlett (“Sid the Science Kid”) will work on the further development of the series.

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