Donkey Hodie

Donkey Hodie

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Purple Panda and Donkey Hodie

Courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions

This new whimsical puppet series produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures, encourages preschoolers to aim high, embrace challenges, and work hard to achieve their goals.

Donkey Hodie premieres Monday, May 3 at 10 a.m. on WXXI-TV. The colorful multi-platform show follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (now known as “Grampy Hodie”). The original puppet appeared in 59 episodes of the beloved children’s series. Inspired by the quirky, funny side of Fred Rogers, Donkey Hodie furthers the children’s TV pioneer’s mission of helping young viewers navigate the challenges of childhood. The series features original new music along with reimagined versions of Rogers’ songs. Donkey Hodie joins the PBS KIDS schedule weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV (Live Stream at and daily at 12 a.m. and 4 p.m. on WXXI-Kids 24/7 and Kids 24/7 Live Stream. Games, activities and videos can be found on the Donkey Hodie website.

Set in the whimsical land of Someplace Else, the imaginative social-emotional series for children ages 3-5 centers on the adventures of Donkey Hodie, an enthusiastic, “can-do” yellow donkey with a bright magenta mane, and her pals: Purple Panda, her loyal and empathetic best friend who wears his big heart on his sleeve; Duck Duck, a practical, quick-witted young mallard who loves to figure things out; and Bob Dog, an energetic and eager canine who is always ready to boogie to music or fetch a ball. In Someplace Else, everyone’s big dreams are possible—whether it’s Purple Panda finding the end of the Golden Rainbow, Duck Duck planning a Book-A-Palooza Festival or Bob Dog playing the largest kickball game in history. Episodes include catchy songs that reinforce the stories’ positive messages and fun adventures.