Sesame Workshop has introduced a new resident of 123 Sesame Street in the shape of Elmo’s newly adopted puppy, Tango – the focus of a new raft of books, toys, apparel, and more for both children and adults.
Tango will be making her Sesame Street debut in a new 30 minute animated special titled Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy, airing on HBO Max this August. The introduction of Tango has been designed to introduce new concepts around safe behaviour and age-appropriate help with a pet.
In the special, Elmo and Grover discover a sweet, stray puppy – whom they quickly name Tango – and embark on an adventure throughout the neighborhood with Sesame Street friends Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and Oscar the Grouch. Together, they search for the local pet adoption fair in the hopes of finding her a “forever home.”
Tango is planned to be a mainstay of future Sesame Street content and the focus of animal education as children watch Elmo and his friends gently play with and brush their new pet, teach her new tricks, give her baths, and show her love and affection.
“For generations, our Sesame Street Muppets have been kids’ first friends, modeling valuable lessons about life, learning, and friendship,” said Sesame Workshop’s executive vice president of creative and production Kay Wilson Stallings.
“After nearly two years of development, we are thrilled to introduce Tango, Elmo’s spirited, adventurous, and adorable furry friend.”
Sesame Workshop is rolling out brand-new and exclusive digital content featuring Elmo, Tango, and other furry friends on the Sesame Street YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter platforms. Families can also visit Sesame Workshop’s Furry Friends Forever webpage for games and printable activities.
In celebration of Tango, Sesame Workshop partners have introduced a variety of new books, toys, apparel, and more for kids and adults. Among the initial partners will be the Spin Master-owned plush brand GUND and its line of Elmo and Tango plush toys with voices, music, and dancing abilities.
“Sesame Street is a neighborhood filled with friends who help teach invaluable life lessons to both children and adults,” said Gabriela Arenas, vice president of global licensing, Sesame Workshop. “The Sesame Street Muppets are kids’ first pals and show them that friendships come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
“We’re so pleased that Tango has joined the family and can’t wait to have the world get to know her through these new offerings.”