At this point there’s pretty much nothing The Roots can’t do. As the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the crew are often part of the show’s funniest comedy segments, while added a new sound to late night talk shows.
Now the Grammy winning group is expanding its creative roots into animated television.
Their company Passyunk Productions is developing the animated children’s series South Street Sounds for Amazon.
South Street Sounds follows three friends growing up in the most musical of neighborhoods, where the birds tweet to a beat, every shop-keeper, pizza-maker and crossing guard dance perfectly in time, and having a bad day means literally singing the blues. With such musical surroundings, it’s only natural that these three friends have formed a band called “South Street.” Together, creative-scatterbrain Zora, future-entrepreneur Nick, and disaster-averse Tyson, pride themselves on playing gigs for any occasion: no event is too big or too small!
The team also has a live action show in development, however, there is no information on that project just yet.
Both series’ are executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, Shawn Gee and Brian Sher.
“As we venture into the world that is film and television production, we couldn’t think of a better partner than Amazon to help us develop these first two children’s projects,” said Questlove.
Of course The Roots will also be providing music for the show.
“Our love for music started as young kids, and we hope to inspire a generation of future artists, musicians and music fans through the stories we tell and the music they hear on these shows,” said Trotter.
The Roots can be seen Monday-Friday at 11:35 pm on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC.