Sprout has a new treat for your little Valentine with its newest original series for preschoolers, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave. The series premieres Feb. 14, and chronicles the animated adventures of three lovable best friends: Ruff-Ruff a lovable, instinctive pup, Tweet, a cautious, thoughtful bird, and Dave, an imaginative, quirky panda.
In each episode, as the trio takes a spin in their spin-again magic top, and they are led on their adventures by Hatty the Hamster, a curious guide/ringleader who joins the fun, “with a song in my heart and a hat full of questions!” Whenever the trio encounters a problem or is asked a question by Hattie, the solution is always “Ruff-Ruff,” “Tweet” or “Dave.” Children and their families engage with the program by deciding which of the characters offers the correct answer/solution.
The experience is further enriched with a companion app available on iOS and Android. Now kids can play along directly with the show; it’s a perfect option for curious kids who want further interaction with their preschool pals. The app’s technology recognizes show sounds and seamlessly syncs to the content whenever the show is playing. “It’s very cool,” said Sandy Wax, president of Sprout, during the network’s panel during Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “It’s something that hasn’t really been done in preschool before.” The app also features special games and activities that unlock the more kids play with the app and answer the embedded questions correctly.
See a demo of how the second-screen app works below:
Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave begins on Sprout on February 14 at 11am with two back-to-back episodes during The Sunny Side Up Show, and will air seven days a week with one episode daily at 11am followed by a second episode nightly at 7pm during The Good Night Show.
To celebrate Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave’s new adventures at Sprout, the network is hosting a “Pick and Play Sweepstakes” from Friday, February 20th through March 27th. Each Friday, viewers are encouraged to watch new Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave episodes at 11am and then adults can visit the contest website to answer a question from the show. Winners will be awarded with a variety of prizes each week from sponsors like zulily, Loews Hotels & Resorts, Shutterfly, Plae and more. One grand prize winner will be granted a four-day/three-night family vacation to a Beaches Resorts property in Jamaica or Turks & Caicos.