According to Variety, Disney has launched the short-form animated musical series, Rise Up, Sing Out. The eight-episode series is executive produced by Questlove Thompson and Black Thought of The Roots and it will deliver empowering and optimistic messages about different cultures and celebrate differences in people. The children’s series is now available on Disney Plus after the first episode was presented on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
The new uplifting animated shorts series #RiseUpSingOut featuring music by @questlove and @blackthought from @theroots and animation by #LionForgeAnimation premieres tomorrow! #WatchOnDisneyJunior pic.twitter.com/wn9Vsk63p7
— Disney Junior (@DisneyJunior) February 2, 2022
Questlove and Black Thought appear as animated characters in the series as they produced the music and are executive producers of the series.
Disney describes Rise Up, Sing Out as shorts that “are designed to be inspiring, empowering and optimistic about race, culture, community and celebrating differences.”
“The ‘Rise Up, Sing Out’ shorts touch on a lot of real-world issues, especially for young Black kids, that just weren’t talked about when we were growing up. The beautiful thing about these shorts is that not only are they going to provide young kids the proper language to talk to their friends and family about some of the things that might be bothering them, but it’s also going to give parents the tools on how to respond,” Questlove and Black Thought said in a written statement. “We feel this is the perfect moment and the perfect time for us to put this project out into the world to plant a seed about kindness that will hopefully have a lasting impact for generations to come.”
Walt Disney Records plan on releasing the music from Rise Up, Sing Out on Friday, Feb. 4.
Questlove took to his Instagram Tuesday to promote the shorts: