Apple TV+ launched a unique and inclusive Kids’ show “El Deafo” on January 7, 2022. The motivational animated series tells the story of a young girl, Cece, who can not hear but manages to face all her challenges with help of her alter ego, El Deafo.
To get to know the concept of the show and its purpose of using unique sound design, Apple TV+ has shared a short interview with the author and executive producer of El Deafo, Cece Bell. Inspired by her own life, Ms. Bell wrote the “El Deafo” which won New York Times best-selling graphic memoir and is now turned into an Apple TV+ original Kids series.
Apple TV+ “El Deafo” Kids show uses unique sound design to show how people with hearing disabilities perceive sounds
In the new video uploaded on Apple TV+ YouTube channel, Ms. Bell explains that the sound design used in the series is meant to showcase how people with hearing impairment comprehend sounds to communicate with normal people who can hear and speak.
She added that every person with a hearing disability has a personal preference for how to communicate. Some like to use sign language and others like to lip read. But in both cases, it is important that they get to see the person. Therefore, this special show is great for children to learn how to communicate with their friends with special needs and how to be empathetic.
Three parts of El Deafo are available on Apple TV+ for $4.99 across devices, along with other entertaining and inspirational Kids’ shows like Doug Unplugs, Wolf Boy, Harriet the Spy, and more.
“El Deafo” follows insightful young Cece (voiced by Lexi Finigan, who is also deaf) as she loses her hearing and finds her inner superhero. Going to school and making new friends can be tough. Having to do both while wearing a bulky hearing aid on your chest? That takes superpowers! With a little help from her superhero alter ego, El Deafo, Cece learns to embrace what makes her extraordinary.