“Kiya & The Kimoja Heroes” Will Debut in
the US on Disney Junior and Disney+ on Wednesday, March
Images & Stills Here
A funky beat, a streak of pink, and POW! Today, Disney Junior
and Hasbro’s entertainment studio, eOne, released the first-look
trailer for the new kids TV series “Kiya & the Kimoja Heroes,”
which premieres in the US on Disney Junior and Disney+ on March 22,
2023. An original concept by Robert Vargas, adapted from characters
created by South Africans Marc Dey and Kelly Dillon, the original
action-adventure animated series follows Kiya, a seven-year-old
African girl, whose passions in life are dancing and martial arts,
which also become her superpowers.
“Kiya & the Kimoja Heroes” will premiere in the US on Disney
Junior on Wednesday, March 22nd at 4:00 p.m. EST/PST, and the first
four episodes will premiere the same day on Disney+. “Kiya &
the Kimoja Heroes” provides big life lessons packaged into
11-minute episodes, easily understood by young audiences.
When Kiya, also known by her superhero name “Dance Ninja”, and
her two best friends, Jay, also known by his superhero name “Flying
Rockstar,” and Motsie, also known by her superhero name “Tech
Racer,” put on their headbands adorned with mystical Kimoja
crystals, they transform into superheroes and can perform special
moves inspired by their passions, like Kiya’s “pirouette POW”.
Together they are the team of superheroes known as the Kimoja
Heroes, ready to unite their community!
Kiya’s world features a diverse cast of characters inspired by
the landscape, natural beauty and culture of Southern Africa, and
focuses on themes of community, empathy and unity. As a mashup of
action, dance and music, the show will be visually stunning, with
African and Asian-lead characters, Southern African locations and a
diverse creative team, including writers, designers and composers
from across the globe.
Three Kimojans, known as “Flawed Friends,” cause mischief and
chaos, motivated by classic preschooler foibles like jealousy,
competitiveness and envy. When these kids make a mess, only the
Kimoja Heroes can shine bright and make things right to restore
harmony to the city, combining everyday preschool experiences with
“In partnership with Disney Junior, Frog Box, Triggerfish and
France Télévisions, we are so very delighted to bring ‘Kiya &
The Kimoja Heroes’ to audiences everywhere,” says Esra Cafer,
Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management at eOne Hasbro.
“We have given a lot of thought and intention to developing
fundamentally relatable characters that serve as great role models
for young children. Kiya shows that you don’t have to choose
between learning to dance or being a kick-butt hero - you can be
both! She’s encouraging preschoolers to be whoever they want to be
“Our belief is that Kiya will represent and empower young girls
to be leaders who can use their smarts and skills to solve big
problems,” says Tshepo Moche, writer and creative consultant at
Triggerfish. “There is still a tremendous opportunity for
representation and there has never been a better moment for the
landscape of children’s programming to reflect the diversity and
size of the audience they serve.”
This show is the newest representation of Hasbro and eOne’s
commitments to illustrate the belief that rich, varied perspectives
generate the best ideas and reflect diversity, equity and inclusion
across their brands and play experiences. “Kiya & the Kimoja
Heroes” is their latest endeavor to stand up for children by
creating a world where every child experiences hope, kindness and
To see the latest trailer on “Kiya & the Kimoja Heroes”,
please visit YouTube, and find the show on social media on Facebook
and Instagram with @kiyakimojaheroes.
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven
independent studio that specializes in the development,
acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of
entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment
company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film
and television production and sales; production, distribution and
brand management of kids and family properties; digital content;
and immersive and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach
and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment,
eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
eOne brings to market both original and existing content,
sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a
diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies.
Hasbro is a global branded entertainment leader whose mission is
to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of
storytelling and exhilaration of play. Hasbro delivers engaging
brand experiences for global audiences through gaming, consumer
products and entertainment, with a portfolio of iconic brands
including MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Hasbro
Gaming, NERF, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH and PEPPA PIG, as well as
premier partner brands.
Hasbro is guided by our Purpose to create joy and community for
all people around the world, one game, one toy, one story at a
time. For more than a decade, Hasbro has been consistently
recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one
of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media, one of the World’s
Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute and one of the 50
Most Community-Minded Companies in the U.S. by the Civic 50.
For more information, visit corporate.hasbro.com.
Triggerfish is the leading animation studio from Africa. Its
latest productions include three TV series, a 10 short film
anthology for Disney+ and a short film for the Star Wars Visions:
Season 2 anthology. Established 27 years ago, Triggerfish has
produced three films–Adventures in Zambezia, Khumba and Seal Team,
which cracked the weekly Netflix Top 10 global chart. Triggerfish
has also animated a number of award-winning BBC short films for
Magic Light Pictures, including The Snail and the Whale, Zog,
Revolting Rhymes, Stick Man and The Highway Rat. Triggerfish has
studios in South Africa and Ireland, with teams working remotely
throughout Africa, Europe and the Americas.
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