|Premiere||September 1, 2008|
|Finale||March 25, 2013|
Sid the Science Kid is a preschool television series produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with KCET Los Angeles. The show features real-time computer-generated puppets, using the Henson Digital Performance System. Production began in the fall of 2007 with 42 half-hour episodes of Sid the Science Kid having been ordered. The series debuted on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008, with a two-year on-air commitment.
The main character in the show is Sid, an "inquisitive youngster" who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principals and why things work the way they do. He tries to answer questions and solve problems with the help of his classmates (May, Gerald and Gabriela), his teacher (Susie), his parents (Mort, and Alice), his Grandma and even his baby brother (Zeke).
Two DVDs of the show, The Bug Club and Change Happens, were released in August 2009; with more DVDs following in 2009 and 2010. In August 2009, the first ten episodes of season one were added to The iTunes Store.
The series ended on March 25, 2013 after two seasons and 68 episodes.
Content and Structure
The conceptual content of Sid is based in national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and on the preschool science curriculum, Preschool Pathways to Science.
Each week's episodes are built around a single scientific theme or concept, such as scientific tools and concepts, changes and transformation, the senses, and health. The Friday shows are designed to review, reinforce and summarize the central concept of the week.
One recurring segment, "Good Laughternoon", features the kids opening panels in a brightly-colored playground structure and telling jokes. The format and set borrow heavily from the closing "joke wall" of Rolan and Martin's Laugh-In, but for a pre-school audience. Other recurring segment include The Sid Survey, Rug Time, The Super Fab Lab, Susie sings, and Sid's "super-duper-schmoper" big idea. On rare occasions, Sid invites a friend over, mainly Gabriela, to play with him, such as in the episodes The Rolie Polie, My Ice Pops!, A Brush With Teeth, and Home Tweet Home.
History and Development
Sid the Science Kid was developed by Halle Stanford and Jim Lewis. The initial concept was to create a show to teach science concepts to pre-school kids. The series went into production in the fall of 2007.
Jim Lewis discussed his role in the creation of Sid the Science Kid in a 2008 interview, stating:
“I was the first guy in. I worked with an executive at Henson, someone I've worked with for years, Halle Stanford. They had an idea there for a science program – basically a pre-science, I forget what the exact term was, but it was to teach science concepts to pre-school kids... My involvement in that was I helped developed the show. I basically got it up to the point where it was sold to KCET, which is the public television station in Los Angeles... When they actually wanted to go into production, I realized I'm too old for this, I don't want to be a show runner – it's a lot of work. So I found someone that Halle and I had both worked with, Bradley Zweig, an enormously talented writer whose worked on a variety of things, I'm sure you can look up on imdb. He's very funny and has just the right sensibility and he's a lot younger than me, and more willing to work brutal hours for the 18-months it takes to do that kind of thing. And he ran the show and executive produced it with Brian and Lisa and Halle. And I wrote a few scripts, you know, and I feel part of it's my baby – but they deserve all the credit.”
The original working title for the series was "What's the Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named Josh.
Sid's personality was originally based on executive producer Halle Stanford's son Max.
The initial conceptual designs for the characters were completed by Elanna Allen, while Creature Shop Creative Supervisor Peter Brooke ensured that the original concepts and designs were translated into the 3D world of the Henson Digital Performance Studio. Brooke sculpted detailed maquettes of the characters to help translate the designs into three dimentions.
Tools and Measurement
|101||The Sticker Chart||Documentations||September 1, 2008|
|102||The Rolie Polie||Observation||September 2, 2008|
|103||Enough With the Seashells!||Estimation||September 3, 2008|
|104||The Whale Episode||Measurement||September 4, 2008|
|105||Super Science Tools||Tools and Measurement Review||September 5, 2008|
Transformation and Change
|106||My Mushy Banana||Decay||September 8, 2008|
|107||My Shrinking Shoes||Growth||September 9, 2008|
|108||My Ice Pops!||Change Caused by Cold||September 10, 2008|
|109||The Perfect Pancake!||Change Caused by Heat||September 11, 2008|
|110||No More Changes!||Transformation and Change Review||September 12, 2008|
|111||The Itchy Tag||Texture||September 22, 2008|
|112||What's That Smell?||Smell||September 23, 2008|
|113||Grandma's Glasses||Sight||September 24, 2008|
|114||Too Much Noise!||Hearing||September 25, 2008|
|115||All My Senses||Senses Review||September 26, 2008|
|116||A Brush With Teeth||Dental Hygiene||October 20, 2008|
|117||I Want Cake||Nutrition||October 21, 2008|
|118||The Big Sneeze||Germs||October 22, 2008|
|119||Must See TV||Exercise||October 23, 2008|
|120||Sid's Health Day||Health Review||October 24, 2008|
|121||The Broken Wheel||Wheels||February 9, 2009|
|122||My Slide||Inclined Planes||February 10, 2009|
|123||Sid's Amazing Invention||Levers||February 11, 2009|
|124||The Tree House||Pulleys||February 12, 2009|
|125||Climb, Ignatz, Climb||Simple Machines Review||February 13, 2009|
|126||Hello Doggie||Animal Communication||February 16, 2009|
|127||Home Tweet Home||Animal and Insect Habitats||February 17, 2009|
|128||The Dirt on Dirt||Dirt||February 18, 2009|
|129||Don't Forget the Leaves||Leaves||February 19, 2009|
|130||The Bug Club||Backyard Science Review||February 20, 2009|
|131||Special Mom Day Meal||Digestion||May 4, 2009|
|132||I Have Muscles Where?||Muscles||May 5, 2009|
|133||Sid's Amazing Lungs||Lungs||May 6, 2009|
|134||How Did My Dog Do That?||Bones||May 7, 2009|
|135||Now That's Using Your Brain||Human Body Review||May 8, 2009|
|136||Sid's Rainy Play Date||Rain||September 14, 2009|
|137||Special Sunny Dad Day||Sun||September 15, 2009|
|138||Sid's Holiday Adventure||Temperature||September 16, 2009|
|139||The Wind Did It||Wind||September 17, 2009|
|140||Sid the Weatherman||Weather Review||September 18, 2009|
|141||Getting A Shot: You Can Do It!||Vaccinations||October 26, 2009|
|201||No School Sing-Along Special!||Sing-Along||June 21, 2010|
Force and Motion
|202||Slide to the Side!||Friction||October 4, 2010|
|203||That's the Way the Ball Bounces||Elasticity||October 5, 2010|
|204||Ignatz's Inertia||Inertia||October 6, 2010|
Sid the Science Kid
Children's TV show
Sid the Science Kid (also known as Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid) is an American computer-animated children’s television series on PBS Kids. It aired from September 1, 2008 to March 25, 2013, with a total of 66 half-hour episodes produced over two seasons, and lasted for four years. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and PBS member KCET in Los Angeles, California using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio. The show is produced by motion capture which allows puppeteers to voice digitally animated characters in real time.
Production began in January 2003 with 42 half-hour episodes of Sid the Science Kid having been ordered. The series debuted on PBS Kids along with Martha Speaks on January 5, 2008, with a two-year on-air commitment. The original working title for the series was "What's the Actual Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named Mario. The series is the second CGI animated show to use the motion capture technique after Donkey Kong Country.
The main character in the show is Sid, an "inquisitive youngster" who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles and why things work the way they do. He tries to answer questions and solve problems with the help of his classmates (May, Gerald, and Gabriela), Teacher Susie, and his family (his mother Alice, his father Mort, his Grandma Rose and his baby brother Zeke). In "Hello Doggie," Sid's Grandma adopts a dog from the animal shelter (which she names Philbert – voiced by Bruce Lanoil, motion captured by Daisy the dog).
The conceptual content of Sid is based in national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and on the preschool science curriculum, Preschool Pathways to Science.
Each week's episodes are built around a single scientific topic or concept. The first week (episodes 1 – 5) focuses on scientific tools and concepts (such as charts, observation, estimation, and measuring). The second week (episodes 6 – 10) focuses on changes and transformation (including decay, growth, freezing and melting, and the effects of heat). The third week (episodes 11 – 15) focuses on the senses (including touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing). The fourth week (episodes 16 – 20) focuses on health (including brushing teeth, eating food, sneezing and exercise). The fifth week (episodes 21 – 25) focuses on simple machines (including wheels, inclined planes, levers and pulleys). The sixth week (episodes 26 – 30) focuses on backyard science. The seventh week (episodes 31 – 35) focuses on the human body. The eighth week (episodes 36 – 40) focuses on weather. The Friday shows are designed to review, reinforce and summarize the central concept of the week.
Breakfast Time is when Sid runs down the hall shouting the title. Then his parents Alice and Mort teach him something that has anything to do with the problem.
Looking for my friends
When Sid arrives at school, he goes to the playground to look for his friends May, Gerald, and Gabriela. When he finds each friend, he/she does a "cool move". Then, when everyone found each other, they all dance together.
What's the Big Idea?
What's the Big Idea? is a question that Sid has with anything that has to do something with the problem.
The Sid Survey
The Sid Survey is the segment where Sid asks questions to May, Gerald, and Gabriela.
Rug Time is where Sid shows his friends and his teacher something with the problem.
Super Fab Lab
The Super Fabulous Lab is where the scientists do the lab along with a live-action class (in fast-motion) performing the experiment of the day.
Good Laughternoon features the kids opening panels in a brightly colored playground structure and telling jokes. The format and set borrows heavily from the closing "joke wall" of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the Groaning Wall from Square One TV, and "locker jokes" from You Can't Do That on Television, but for a pre-school audience and Sid would end the segment by saying, "Now that's funny!" along with a pre-recorded laughter from his toy microphone. This was cut from PBS Kids Preschool Block airings.
Playtime/Let's Play Pretend
Playtime is when the class finished an experiment, the kids would either play in the classroom or on the playground.
Singing with Susie
Singing with Susie is where teacher Susie sings a song related to the experiment or topic during the end of the school day.
Backseat Driving with Grandma
Backseat Driving with Grandma is where Grandma (Rose) tells a story about when she was little while driving Sid (Sometimes with Gabirela or May) home from school. Sometimes, she drives Gabriela or May with Sid.
Scientist in the House!
Scientist in the House! is when Sid solves the problem and/or plays with his family after school. Sometimes, Sid would have his play date with Gabriela or May after school making it "Two Scientists in the House!"
Sid's Super-Duper-Ooper-Schmooper Big Idea!
Sid's Super-Duper-Ooper-Schmooper Big Idea! is where Sid would think about what will he do to solve a problem like the one he had from school before going to bed.
- Sid (motion captured by Misty Rosas, voiced by Drew Massey) always wished about being a scientist when he grows up. Sid is the most practical character on the show and is often portrayed as a very supportive friend and leading scientist in his group. He got so many questions every single day while at his school after he think questions the night before. His special item is a toy microphone with four different colored buttons. When pressed, the blue button plays the recorded laughter of people, the yellow button plays the recorded applause, the red button makes a cow noise, and the white button records echoes. He wants to know "everything about everything". He enjoys singing and dancing as well. He is a well-noted observer, and possibly the brightest and the leader of the group. His daily activities always consist of breakfast, school, seeing his friends, asking his friends questions, addressing the main question of the day to his teacher, do experiments in Super-Fab-Lab, then finally wrapping up with a daily song from the teacher before heading home for the day. Sid's mother is of African descent and mainly does research as noted in every single episode and his father grew up Jewish as noted in the Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa episode.
- Gabriela (motion captured by John Munro Cameron, voiced by Alice Dinnean) is Sid's classmate. Unlike her friends, Gabriela is the most sensible character and often comes up with the most reasonable jokes during Good Laughternoon. She is the most authoritative figure of the quartet, often being the second-in-command of the group activities. She is usually the one that likes to come up with playing Pretend, always opting to be a "mommy" parent. She can allegedly read and potentially help with others in her group that don't understand something in a lab or any other academic activity. She rarely comes over to Sid's house to have a play date with him but does more than the other two kids and must have her parent's permission to do so. She has an older brother named Mateo.
- Gerald (motion captured by Alon Williams, voiced by Victor Yerrid) is Sid's airhead best friend. Although he often procrastinates at the start of Rug Time, he's still an amazing person. He has a dog called Chester. He is a very valued character of the quartet, perhaps the most vivid character of the group, often being the life and soul of activities. A running gag is that he is always trying to be funny, but fails miserably.
- May (motion captured by Dana Michael Woods, voiced by Julianne Buescher) is one of Sid's best friends, marked by her striped stockings and fairness. She is an Asian that suffers from really poor far vision. She is one of the friendliest characters in the group. She is very polite and is characterized by her charming, courteous ways. May often sympathizes with everyone, appreciating even inanimate objects like decayed pumpkins and brown, mushy bananas that exist in reality. May has a cat named Mooshu, and is smarter than her other three friends.
- Susie (motion captured by Sonya Leslie, voiced by Donna Kimball) is the Mexican-accented teacher at Sid's school. She begins the day with "Rug Time," where she calls her students over to sit in a circle and ask them if they have anything to share with the class. Usually the theme that gets everyone's attention is what was discussed during "Sid's Survey" and what Sid was thinking about earlier in the day. She demonstrates the experiments with her class each and every day that her students are there that follows Sid's main question theme. She sings to the children during the "Singing With Susie" segment at the end of the school day.
- Mort (motion captured by John Munro Cameron, voiced by Victor Yerrid) is Sid's father. Mort works in construction and often relates Sid's observations to his work experiences.
- Alice (motion captured by Sonya Leslie, voiced by Alice Dinnean) is Sid's African-American mother. Alice is a website designer and children's computer game developer (Seen in Episode 58 "The Amazing Computer Science Tool!"). She also frequently searches up the web for Sid to answer his main question before dropping him off for school.
- Zeke (motion captured by Alon Williams, voiced by Donna Kimball) is Sid's baby brother. He's almost 1 year old and doesn't know anything yet although he'll know more and more as he gets older and enters preschool.
- Rose (Sid's Grandma) (motion captured by Dana Michael Woods, voiced by Julianne Buescher and Donna Kimball) is Sid's paternal grandmother and Mort's mother. She likes to tell Sid stories about herself when she was younger while driving Sid home from school.
- Dr. Rosalinda (motion captured by Michelan Sisti, voiced by America Ferrera) is Gabriela's mother. Her job is working at the Science Center that kids often visit. She helps to explain the various exhibits at the center and how they relate to the school lessons the children are having. On occasion, she will visit the other preschool students at school and collaborate with Teacher Susie. She is very proud of her daughter Gabriela for doing well in school.
Main article: List of Sid the Science Kid episodes
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie (2013)
A TV movie titled Sid the Science Kid: The Movie premiered on PBS Kids on March 25, 2013. It featured the original voice cast of the show, with special guest voice Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Bonanodon. In the movie, Sid and his friends enter a contest and win a trip to a new science museum in town. They are allowed inside the museum before it officially opens to the public. Along the way, they meet some new friends; such as Yang Yang, Niu Niu, and BobbyBot. However, one of the robots malfunctions, causing the museum to be in total chaos and havoc, putting the grand opening of the museum in jeopardy. It's up to Sid and his friends to save the museum before it opens up. This also serves as the series finale of Sid the Science Kid.
"Save the Stump!" won in the Children's Programming category Saturday at the 26th Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States. Additionally, the series has received a total of six Daytime Emmy Award nominations and a TCA Award nomination.
The Jim Henson Company
†Sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2004, ‡Muppet characters only; sold to Sesame Workshop in 2000
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When was OOBI Cancelled?
When was OOBI Cancelled?
What does Oobie mean?
According to a user from France, the name Oobie means “Baby // gift”.
What is the most popular puppet?
The undisputed king of puppets, Kermit the Frog is still around today.
What race are the kids in Sid the Science Kid?
Sid comes from an ethnically-mixed family; his mother is an African-American Christian and his father is Jewish. Sid’s family celebrates Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa.
What does Sid the Science Kid teach children?
Sid the Science Kid uses comedy and music to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. Sid the Science Kid features a practical in-school science curriculum and celebrates children’s natural curiosity about science in everyday life.
Is Sid the Science Kids Mom black?
Sid’s mother is of African descent and mainly does research as noted in every single episode and his father grew up Jewish as noted in the Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa episode.
What age group is Sid the Science Kid for?
Now, of course, the series is not aimed at my people my age, but rather at kids aged about 3 to 6, and for that age group it seems to do its job well.
Who made Sid the Science Kid?
The Jim Henson Company
Is Splash and bubbles Cancelled?
Cancellation. On October 2019, John Tartaglia was confirmed on Facebook that Splash and Bubbles will not have a second season because due to a lack of funding. PBS, Herschend Studios, and The Jim Henson Company cancelled the series after one season.
When did Sid the Science Kid end?
How do they make Sid the Science Kid?
‘Sid the Science Kid’: Henson Uses Mocap Smartly
- Sid represents a quantum leap forward for Henson puppeteering.
- On the mocap stage, PVC piping stands in for the CGI.
- Where a CGI feature typically takes 18 months to produce 90 minutes of animation, the use of mocap allows Henson to produce 20 hours in one year.
When did Dinosaur Train end?
"Sid the Science Kid" Status on PBS Kids:
Nex Season - canceled
Sid the Science Kid Season 2 Release Date - June 21, 2010
"Sid the Science Kid" Summary
Sid the Science Kid is an American CGI animated series that premiered on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and then-PBS member KCET in Los Angeles, California using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio. The show is produced by motion capture which allows puppeteers to voice digitally animated characters in real time. Production began ...
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"Sid the Science Kid" is a great show for teaching science to little kids, but not so great for the adults watching with them. I had high hopes for this new show: It's made by the Jim Henson Company, it's shown on PBS, and it's about science. The show is put together using the Henson Digital Performance System (HDPS), which produces digital puppets instead of real ones. The technology behind it is really interesting, but, alas, the digital puppets end up looking like a sort of hybrid between the 3D cartoons so popular these days on other kids' shows and the Sesame Street Muppets.
Now, of course, the series is not aimed at my people my age, but rather at kids aged about 3 to 6, and for that age group it seems to do its job well. One of my kids is at at the high end of that range and the other is a bit past it, but both of them were glued to the TV while the show was on. They cover a wide range of science-related topics, from how to create and use charts to a detailed investigation of roly-polies. Any show that can make charts seem exciting to kids—or, really, to anyone—clearly has some very talented people working on it.
The only objection to the program is one I really didn't expect to have, which is that the show is hard for grownups to watch. The Jim Henson Company has a long tradition of putting out programs and movies aimed at children, but that were done in such a way that adults could at least watch them with kids, and in many cases that had segments that were funnier to adults than to kids. The best example of this is probably the "Monsterpiece Theater" segment on "Sesame Street"—I mean, how many kids would get why Cookie Monster introduced himself as Alistair Cookie, or why "The Taming of the Shoe" and "The 400 Blows" were so funny? Even "Bear in the Big Blue House" had the occasional joke only parents would get.
Unfortunately, "Sid the Science Kid" doesn't have any of that. The title character Sid runs around with a toy microphone, constantly talking into it or trying to get other people to do so. Pretty much every character on the show, including Sid's teacher, seems to be putting on some kind of performance all the time, which lends the show an air of hyperactivity that makes it less appealing to grownups. If there were jokes aimed over kids' heads, I missed them, and I was looking for them the whole time.
In short, it's a good show, and if your kids are in the right age range they will very probably like it a lot, and quite possibly learn a fair bit about science from it. I suggest you find something else to do while they watch it, though, or prepare to be bored for a half-hour.
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