“There’s a lack of diversity amongst cartoon characters, and I think it’s important for children to see themselves.”
New Orleans, LA (PRWEB)
June 21, 2017
“There’s a lack of diversity amongst cartoon characters, and I think it’s important for children to see themselves,” says Chad Valiant, the creator of the cartoon character Chester Leo: The Puppy Dog & his seven animated friends. “I wanted to create a group of characters from different backgrounds and bring some diversity to the cartoon world.”
Chester Leo: The Puppy Dog Store is an online store for children featuring Chester Leo: The Puppy Dog & seven animated characters from different ethnic backgrounds. Each cartoon character is printed across a wide array of merchandise, including t-shirts, posters, pillows and tote bags. The eight cartoon characters are based on Chad’s real-life experiences and interests.
“I didn’t want to create a random collection of characters from different ethnic backgrounds,” Chad continues. “The characters needed to be authentic.”
The cartoon characters in Chester Leo: The Puppy Dog Store all form a unique bond, and are part of a fictional story. Amongst them, Cindy Rodifer: The Inquisitive Girl is cute little girl from Thailand, one of Chad’s favorite countries. Noah Rodifer: The Cartographer Lad is an African-American boy who always has a map in hand.
“When I was a kid, I dreamed of traveling the world,” Chad says. “Noah’s curiosity about the world around him reflects that. His adopted brother Tommy Rodifer, was born in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities. The Rodifer family is rounded out by Corey Rodifer: The Easygoing Lad, a charming blonde character with an easygoing demeanor and an adorable smile.”
Though the Rodifer children are adopted and from different…