Sesame Street's Elmo Adopts A Puppy Named TangoSesame Street is welcoming a new character, Elmo's adopted puppy Tango, who'll teach kids how to care for pets. An animated special will tell Tango's backstory, and then she'll join the regular cast.
The suits at HBO Max apparently gave in to Elmo's entreaties for a pet, after all these years. (Perhaps they concluded a pet doggie made more sense than Elmo's earlier request for a pet dinosaur. Or maybe they thought new puppy coverage would be irresistible for news organizations after a long holiday weekend? Ahem.)
Meet Tango, a brown-and-white, floppy eared sweetie who loves to dance, hence her name. Found wandering the streets in an animated origin story, the pooch is eventually adopted after Elmo and Grover take her to a local adoption fair.
Tango's character was in development long before the pandemic sent pet adoption rates soaring, according to a press release from Sesame Workshop and HBO Max. (HBO began acquiring original Sesame Street content in 2015.) But obviously, the timing could not be better, it adds. Given that thousands of families have welcomed pets into their homes over the past 16 months, according to data from the Shelter Animals Count National Database, more children than ever need guidance on how to be a responsible human companion to a small animal in need of care.
"For generations, our Sesame Street Muppets have been kids' first friends, modeling valuable lessons about life, learning, and friendship," said Sesame Workshop's Executive Vice President of Creative & Production Kay Wilson Stallings. "After nearly two years of development, we are thrilled to introduce Tango, Elmo's spirited, adventurous, and adorable furry friend."