The award-winning sci-fi novelist Neil Gaiman will be animated for a guest role on the long-running kid’s show Arthur. Gaiman, the creator of Coraline, author of The Graveyard Book and new contributor to Doctor Who will make a Halloween week guest appearance as himself on the animated PBS series. The episode will air on October 25th.
From the press release: “This season, we’re hoping to empower our young viewers to go after their goals and dreams. Whether that means becoming a wheelchair basketball champion, or expressing yourself through writing, drawing, and making movies, Arthur and his friends show kids that determination and hard work really pay off,” said Executive Producer Jacqui Deegan. “Neil serves as a great role model and we’re excited to have him to reinforce these important lessons for our audiences.” The new season premieres Oct. 11th.
Gaiman’s role comes in an episode called “Falafelosophy,” inspiring one of the kids who’s trying her hand at writing and illustrating a graphic novel. It’s paired with what sounds like a suitable companion story, “Tales of the Grotesquely Grim Bunny,” about changes on the shelves at the local comic shop.