Production has begun on a series that’s billed as the first Western for preschoolers, with a premiere date set for 2013. Disney announced that the animated show, “Oki’s Oasis,” will feature the voice of Mandy Moore in the title role.
Oki is “a kitty cat sheriff who ensures that the town of Nice and Friendly Corners remains the friendliest town in the West,” Disney said.
The show will air on Disney Junior channels and will be included in programming blocks around the world. The announcement was made by Nancy Kanter, senior VP, Original Programming, and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Said Kanter: "’Oki’s Oasis’ uses the legend of the Old West to impart social skills and lessons for young kids about being a good friend and neighbor, reinforcing what parents are already teaching their children at home about forgiveness, honesty and sharing. The series further demonstrates Disney Junior’s dedication to programming that highlights the importance of great, heartfelt storytelling as an impetus for learning and development."
The series comes from the team behind Disney’s "Higglytown Heroes." “Oki’s Oasis” was created by Denis Morella and George Evelyn and developed for TV by Holly Huckins. Morella and Huckins are executive producers and Evelyn is co-executive producer.