Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, and Al F. Barry, Chairman of Nine Eyes Stone & Shanghai Animation Film Studios in China, have signed an agreement to co-produce Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a full length feature film based on the popular TV Series.
The movie begins when Sid and a classmate, Gabriela, enter a science experiment contest. When they win, they get the chance to make a visit to a new museum that hasn’t yet opened to the public. While at the museum they meet an unusual scientist who designs robot tour guides. They also get the chance to make friends with some kids from China who also won the same prize. You can’t have a movie without a challenge to overcome, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The robot scientist of course loses control of one of his creations. Thankfully, Sid and friends know just what to do!
The movie appears to have great potential as the scientist is voiced by none other than Christopher Lloyd, who played the quirky scientist in the Back to the Future movies. The Jim Henson company veteran Bradley Zweig wrote the script, so no there’s no lack of talent for this brand new film.
Did you happen to notice last two months that PBS Kids and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) partnered together to create special Earth Day-themed episodes of popular TV shows? While all of the special episodes have already aired, you can still check out the activities that go along with them online. This should provide some fun for you and your child this coming summer. After all, there’s no better way to start off the spring and summer than with exploring the great outdoors!
The specially themed episodes were aimed at inspiring children and their families to go outdoors and explore science and nature.Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President of Children’s Media at PBS, said, “Outdoor play and exploration is an essential part of every child’s life, and is one of the best ways to inspire kids to learn about the world around them.” The partnership involved new episodes, activities, and content which was featured online.
Thankfully, the fun didn’t end when Earth Day was over. You can still access all of the great activity ideas online. The activities include a Wild Kratts Wildlife Journal activity that instructs your child in making their own journal. It then suggests kids draw animals or insects that they find in nature. Another activity is a Seek and Find sheet. Children circle the 15 animals hidden in the sheet.
If you happen to live in Canada, know that Caillou is making an appearance near you! Here is the link for tour dates, of which there are only two. Let’s hope that they decide to come to the U.S. as well! We will definitely keep you posted if that’s the case
Thankfully, there are some other great shows touring in the United States featuring your favorite characters:
Angelina Ballerina: The Musical is showing at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY, between Park and Madison Avenues, from Sun. May 6th, 2012 – Sun. May 20th, 2012.
Pinkalicious: The Musical is playing at the MMAC in New York through July 1st, 2012 and in Chicago through August 5. Canadians won’t miss out, either, with the show running in Toronto through June 24.
If you go to see Pinkalicious, be prepared to dress up in your finest pink attire. In the show, Pinkalicious Pinkerton tries to survive on pink cupcakes alone, all vegetables aside! Throughout the show, Pinkalicious learns the value of eating healthy, listening to her mom and dad, and living in moderation. The show includes live music, and the tickets are reasonably priced.
If your child is a fan of Caillou the cartoon show, you’ll be glad to here that there’s more of the Caillou world to explore. In addition to the wonderful show, there is a wonderful new book called Caillou and the Rain. This is an adorable story of Caillou doing what he does best: exploring his world and going on adventures!
It is raining outside and Caillou must dress up in his rain gear to go shopping with his mother. He stumbles upon so many distractions in the house that by the time that he gets dressed, the rain has stopped. Luckily for Caillou, there are plenty of puddles to jump in along the way to the store.
Caillou also gets to celebrate Easter with his family on the farm with Uncle Felix in the book, Caillou: Happy Easter! Throughout his adventure on the farm, Caillou rides the tractor, sees the animals on the farm, decorates eggs, and gets to search for eggs in the annual Easter egg hunt. He and his uncle find more eggs than anyone else in the hen house! This is a must-read for an avid Caillou fan.
If you’re reading this blog, I know you or someone in your house is a huge fan of at least one animated cartoon series. And if that’s true, then I’m sure you’ll also be super excited about the three new Pixar movies that’ll be coming out soon. Pixar makes fantastic films that both kids and their parents can enjoy, so what’s not to love?
Brave is expected to be one of the biggest hits this summer (see preview below). It is scheduled for release on June 22. Brave features Princess Merida, a Katniss Everdeen-like girl with a bow, arrows, and Scottish accent to top it all off. This marks the first time that Pixar has created a female fronted movie. Let’s hope it stands the test of time as many other Disney/Pixar movies have not failed to deliver.
Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter shared that On May 30, 2014, Pixar will release The Good Dinosaur, a film about what life would be like if dinosaurs had not gone extinct. Wouldn’t that be nice? Noooo, I wouldn’t want Brontosaurus walking with me, even if he were friendly. This film will be directed by Bob Peterson, a longtime Pixar animator who has already won two Oscar nominations for co-writing Finding Nemo and Up. This sounds to me like it is along the lines of Dino Dan, so how can it fail to be fun?
The third film takes on a new spin for Pixar. It is tentatively titled Dia de los Muertos, a holiday which is translated to “Day of the Dead.” It is a new project that has been assigned to the director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, and is scheduled to release in 2015. Skulls and skeletons are a major part of the Mexican holiday decorations. They will definitely be featured in the films; however, no one knows yet if these skulls will actually be featured as characters or simply decorations.