This September a new superhero emerges to protect its citizens and fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice and use of the right word! The amazingly stupendous adventures of WORDGIRL™, the new side-splitting superhero comedy, will take PBS KIDS GO! by storm beginning Friday, September 7, 2007, with a special sneak preview on Monday, September 3 (check local listings). Featuring perilous predicaments, cliffhanger endings and a loyal monkey sidekick, WORDGIRL will give elementary school kids a fun and unique way to learn the power of new words. The 26 all-new half-hour episodes of the new series were created and produced by Soup2Nuts, the cutting-edge animation production studio and a division of Scholastic Media.
The weekly series, which first debuted on PBS KIDS GO! as on-air and online shorts in November 2006, is designed to enrich children’s vocabulary, instill a love of language and foster better reading comprehension. Through humorous and engaging storylines and a wacky cast of characters, WORDGIRL will introduce children 6-8- years-old to an array of new and sophisticated words – from “obliterate” to “temptation” and “indubitably” – in a context that is fun and thoroughly exciting.
WORDGIRL chronicles the madcap adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into “WordGirl” – caped crusader and definition dynamo! When there is trouble in The City, this super heroine-in-disguise uses vocabulary to defeat outlaws bent on “WORD” domination. With the help of her faithful monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, WordGirl spends each episode defeating a quirky cast of villainous villains – from “Dr. Two-Brains” to “The Butcher” – with her power punches and dictionary strength.
“WORDGIRL battles villains with her super strength and super speed, but she also shows that eloquence is a superpower,” said Dorothea Gillim, creator and executive producer of the series. “Kids will tune in for the laughs, but they’ll leave learning some new words. We’re thrilled to be debuting a series that proves that learning and language is cool. Kids will love WORDGIRL, and parents will love that they do.”
A star-studded cast of veteran actors and comedians lend their talents to the voices for the series, including Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), who narrates the series; Dannah Feinglass (FOX’s Madtv, VH1’s Best Week Ever), who voices the show’s superheroine “WordGirl” and her alter-ego “Becky Botsford”; Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as the voice of “Mr. Big”; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as “Dr. Two-Brains” and WordGirl’s younger brother, “TJ”; Cree Summers (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Chalk Zone) as “Granny May”; Ryan Raddatz (A Mighty Wind, Big Love, How I Met Your Mother) as “Mr. Botsford” and Becky’s classmate and best friend, “Scoops”; Maria Bamford (Barnyard, The Comedians of Comedy) as “Mrs. Botsford” and Becky’s best friend, “Violet”; and Fred Stoller (Everybody Loves Raymond), who plays “Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy”.
A dedicated companion Web site at pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl features clips of the series in the “Adventures of WordGirl” section. It also includes exciting games and activities that are specially designed to introduce children to new words in a fun way, encourage them to use new words in daily conversation, and develop a love of language. A “Parents & Teachers” section contains educational activities parents can enjoy with their children, as well as lesson plans for teachers and links to additional resources that support vocabulary development and general literacy.
With a 26 half-hour episode commitment for original animated programming, the series will air on Fridays on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings), reaching 99% of U.S. TV Households.
About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media (SM), the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including feature films, television programming, videos, interactive products and web sites, and is a major developer and marketer of children's brands worldwide. Among SM's award-winning and top-rated productions are the animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog® (PBS KIDS®); the Emmy award-winning spin-off series Clifford's Puppy Days™ (PBS KIDS); I SPY (HBO Family); The Magic School Bus® (TLC); Goosebumps®; Animorphs®; and Maya & Miguel™ (PBS KIDS GO!). SM's critically-acclaimed feature films include Clifford's Really Big Movie, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club Movie, and The Mighty. SM is also producing the forthcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the award-winning Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, for New Line Cinema. Scholastic is a co-creator of the new multi-platform qubo network for children, which promotes literacy and positive values through entertainment. Provided by Scholastic, Dragon is the new pre-school series airing on qubo.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com
Soup2Nuts, a division of Scholastic Media, is a digital animation studio offering full in-house production services including the development of original series, writing, recording, music composing, character design, animation, and post-production. Founded in 1994, the Boston studio quickly established a reputation for creating award-winning animated comedy series with their first hit, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, which aired on Comedy Central. Since Dr.Katz, Soup2Nuts has created the cult favorite Home Movies for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, the science series Squigglevision for ABC’s Saturday Morning, Hey Monie for BET and Oxygen, and the teen comedy O'Grady for The N.
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