When Wilbur gets the wiggles, his animal friends know that an exciting story is on the way. Wilbur the 8-year-old calf helps his friends – Ray the rooster, Dasha the duck, and Libby the lamb – solve everyday problems through reading a book and relating the story to their own situation or dilemma. Wilbur and his colorful puppet friends show kids that reading can be fun and informational. Their lively, fun, entertaining and educational shows take place in and around their beloved red barn home.
Wilbur airs on Discovery Kids during the “Ready Set Learn!” programming block for preschoolers. The show was conceived by three moms, Jill Luedtke, Kim Anton and Tracey Hornbuckle, who saw a need for programming that inspires kids and helps them learn to love reading. The show is filmed using Shadowmation, where puppets are integrated into a CG world, and the curriculum focuses on problem solving and music in addition to the strong emphasis on reading.