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DreamWorks Animation Debuts Special ASL Cast Featurette For Madagascar: A Little Wild


Deaf actress Shaylee Mansfield’s “sign over” performance featured in sixth season

Deaf actress Shaylee Mansfield is featured in the sixth season of DreamWorks Madagascar: A Little Wild in a “sign over” performance, one of the first in a kids animated series. The character is named and modeled after Shaylee and was animated by using a video reference of Shaylee performing for animators to model from, building upon the previous five seasons featuring ASL and deaf characters. Like series favorites Dave and Pickles, Shaylee’s character uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate, expanding inclusivity and promoting awareness of ASL. 

Watch the below featurette highlighting the process used by actor Shaylee Mansfield alongside Delbert Whetter, Jevon Whetter and Justin Maurer, who serve as ASL consultants on the series.

Shaylee began her career as a deaf YouTuber with the goal of inspiring families and children worldwide to learn ASL. As an actress, she works to show authenticity to the deaf community and expand awareness for ASL through her performances. 

Check out the final result in the below clips from this season!

Signing with Shaylee

Wanna Trade?

Case of the Popped Tire



Release Date: January 13, 2022

Episodes: 6

Voice Actors:

● Tucker Chandler as “Alex”

● Amir O’Neil as “Marty”

● Shaylin Becton as “Gloria”

● Luke Lowe as “Melman”

● Jasmine Gatewood as “Kate”

● Eric Petersen as “Ant’Ney”

Guest Stars:

● Shaylee Mansfield as “Shaylee”

● Maria Canals-Barrera as “Pilar”

● Tony Plana as “Pedro”

Executive Producer: Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)

Co-Executive Producer: Dana Starfield (Monster High: Welcome to Monster High)

DreamWorks Animation is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 27 Emmy® Awards since inception in 2013 and is home to such beloved series as Spirit Riding Free, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, Kipo & the Age of Wonderbeasts, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Dragons: Race to the Edge, All Hail King Julien, and the recently released Gabby’s Dollhouse and Go, Dog. Go!  DreamWorks is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.