|Ni Hao, Kai-lan|
|Format||Children's television series|
|Created by||Karen Chau|
|Developed by||Mary Harrington
|Written by||Sascha Paladino (Head Writer)
Bradley Zweig (Staff Writer)
|Theme music composer||Matt Mahaffey|
|Opening theme||Theme Song composed by Matt Mahaffey|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||32 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mary Harrington|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original channel||Nick Jr.|
|Original run||February 7, 2008– present|
This show is a former programming of Nick Jr. 2 on 2009.
Ni Hao, Kai-lan introduces its viewers to the Mandarin Chinese language, along with elements of Chinese culture and values, multiculturalism (through the diverse backgrounds of Kai-lan's friends), and intergenerational families (e.g., Kai-lan and her relationship with Ye Ye). Ni Hao, Kai-lan also helps to support social and emotional development for preschoolers through cause and effect problem solving. This includes helping Hoho learn to be patient, helping Rintoo calm down because he's too mad, and helping Tolee to take responsibility for his actions.
Episodes generally feature:
Kai-lan Chow is a playful, adventurous 6-year old 1st grader with a big heart. She speaks both English and Mandarin Chinese, and she is super excited to share her language, her culture, and her playtime with her animal friends and the viewers at home. Kai-lan is a natural leader but she is also thoughtful and caring with a gift for helping her friends when they really need her. Her favorite animal is a dinosaur and in her music group, she plays her tambourine. Kai-lan is often referred to as the "Chinese Dora" because they have animal friends and share a foreign language to kids. This however may be an inaccurate comparison because the premise of the two shows are not altogether entirely similar.
Voiced by Jade-Lianna Peters
YeYe (Mandarin word for "paternal grandfather") is Kai-lan's playful, thoughtful and caring paternal grandpa. He was born in China and lovingly passes on his exciting traditions to his granddaughter. He provides Kai-lan with gentle guidance, leading her to find her own answers, at her own pace. (Kai-lan's parents and other grandparents are not known.). He can play the tuba.
Voiced by Clem Cheung (English) and Ben Wang (Mandarin)
Rintoo is a smart, competitive, impulsive and conceited five-year-old tiger and one of Kai-lan's best friends who loves dragons and racing race cars. He even shares a special roaring handshake (only in the introduction video and in earlier episodes) with Kai-lan: "tiger-tiger roar!" He has a thirst for adventure and thrills and often pounces headlong into the action without giving it much thought. But underneath the bravado, he's a sweet caring tiger who looks out for his friends. In Kai-Lan's music group, he plays the xylophone. He is especially close to Tolee and Hoho, but in Sports Day, he hurts their feelings by boasting. He usually says "Ooh! Ooh!" before he talks.
Voiced by Jack Samson
Tolee is a five-year-old koala that loves pandas and fruit(especially apples, bananas, and pineapples). He is intelligent and always thinks before he acts and sometimes worries too much, but he never lets that stop him from having a great time with his friends. Kai-lan and her friends can always rely on him for good ideas. He is the vocalist in Ka-lan's music group. His love for pandas culminated in the two part episode "Kai-Lan's Great Trip to China" when the group traveled to China to meet a whole family of Pandas' including baby Xiao Xi Gua (Little Watermelon).
Voiced by Khamani Griffin
At age 3, Hoho the monkey is the youngest of Kai-lan's friends, so when he participates in activities, he often goes first. He's full of boundless energy and nothing makes him happier than being the center of attention. He can often be found jumping on his friends' heads or playing his turntables as the resident DJ in Kai-Lan's music group.
Voiced by Angie Wu.
Lulu is a six-year old pink rhino who floats around by the balloon tied to her horn. She loves to dance and help her friends, playing house and having tea parties. Kai-lan and her friends often call on Lulu for help.
Voiced by Beverly Duan
At the start of almost every episode, Kai-lan wakes up Mr. Sun so she can start her day. With the help of the viewer, Mr. Sun rises and showers down smiling sun fuzzies to Kai-Lan and she gets tickled by them. He also knows how to play the French Horn, so Kai-lan and the lady bugs (playing the pi-pa) join him as a little music group at the beginning of Tolee's Rhyme Time and later joins Kai-lan in her friends in the music show.
In one corner of Kai-lan's backyard is a teeming mini-metropolis of ants called Ant City. The ants serve very important roles in the community: they deliver mail, they build things, and they love to play with Kai-lan and her friends. San San is their male leader with two right-hand ants Bubu and Fufu.
San San is voiced by Zachary Gordon, Bubu is voiced by Luke Manriquez and Fufu is voiced by Kyla Rae Kowaleski
Ni Hao, Kai-lan is based on the childhood memories of the show's creator, Karen Chau, growing up in a bicultural (Chinese-American) household. However, the original concept for the show was a series of two-minute shorts oriented around yoga (a personal interest of Chau's) with the working title, "Downward Doghouse"—a reference to the yoga pose downward facing dog.