Streaming network Hulu recently announced that their animated original children's series, The Bravest Knight, will debut in June. The new series is based on the popular children's novel The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, written by Daniel Errico. While parents and children alike are thrilled that the book is being adapted to a series, the show is being applauded for also being representative of the LGBTQ community.
The series follows a same-sex couple, former pumpkin farmer turned knight Sir Cedric, who is voiced by T.R. Knight, and his husband, Prince Andrew, voiced by Wilson Cruz. Their 10-year-old daughter Nia is voiced by Storm Reid who wants nothing more than to be a brave knight like her father, Sir Cedric, Entertainment Weekly reports. Sir Cedric regales his daughter with tales of all his many adventures and what she can expect if she too wants to become a knight.
This isn't your typical children's series, and that's what makes Shabnam Rezaei, President & Co-Founder of Big Bad Boo, the company producing The Bravest Knight, so excited. “This is a groundbreaking series, with all the elements of comedy, adventure, and entertainment, with the addition of being about the heroes we see every day but never see on TV," Rezaei told Animation Magazine. "Having an LGBTQ protagonist and a fierce, girl, not-yet-knight are just two of the things that excite me about the show.”
Be the real you, be the true you – it’s the bravest thing you can do!— hulu (@hulu) May 22, 2019
Based on the popular children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, #TheBravestKnight premieres June 21. pic.twitter.com/V7p2N8ifP5
The rest of the voice cast is just as powerful and diverse as the story they are telling. RuPaul, Christine Baranski, Wanda Sykes, Teri Polo, Steven Weber, Donna Murphy, AJ McLean, Dot-Marie Jones, Maz Jobrani, and Chance Hurstfield are all lending their voice talents to the cast as well. The first five episodes of The Brave Knight will premiere on Hulu on June 21, just in time for summer vacation and the perfect way to help your kids avoid being bored once school is out.
Having children's programming that is representative of all families is incredibly important for children. Being able to see a family similar to those on television is helping to foster awareness and inclusion. Recently an episode of the popular children's show Arthur featured the same-sex wedding of popular teacher Mr. Ratburn to his longtime partner. While many applauded the episode it was still banned by Alabama Public Television.
According to the streaming network, "The Bravest Knight continues Hulu’s commitment to connecting with kids and families through bold approaches in storytelling, and continues to be a supporter of LGBTQ content and creators.”