A Little Curious
GenreAnthology
Comedy
Educational
Created bySteve Oakes
Written byCarin Greenberg Baker
Nicholas Hollander
Alana Sanko
Frederick J. Stroppel
Directed bySteve Oakes
Voices ofCameron Bowen
Amanda Kaplan
Gary Yudmanl
Marilyn Pasekoff
Sandy Correia
Bob Kaliban
Gerrianne Raphael
Rafael Ferrer
Theme music composerManhattan Transfer
Opening themeI'm A Little Curious" performed by Manhattan Transfer
Ending themeI'm A Little Curious" (instrumental)
ComposerPat Irwin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes43
Production
Executive producersSheila Nevins
Susan Holden
Steve Oakes
Richard Winkler
David Starr
ProducerJohn Hoffman
Running time24 minutes
Production companyCurious Pictures
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1999 (1999-02-01) –
May 1, 2000 (2000-05-01)

A Little Curious is a 1999-2000 American children's animated television series that aired on HBO Family. The show, produced by Curious Pictures and HBO, was aimed at preschoolers. It was one of the cornerstone programs for the relaunch of the HBO Family channel in February 1999.[1][2]

Plot

The 24-minute episodes are essentially anthologies of shorts centered on a common, easily digested topic such as "Up and Down" or "Slippery". While each short draws from the same pool of characters, they are produced in a variety of animation techniques.[3] Animation styles include stop-motion, clay animation, traditional 3-D and 2-D cel animation, and 3-D CGI, along with live-action segments mostly narrated by Bob the Ball.[4] Some of the shorts are designed to fit more than one topic, and are re-used in different episodes.

Characters

The "pool" of characters, generally based on everyday objects, include:

Gender: Male
Voiced by: Cameron Bowen
Gender: Male
Voiced by: Bob Kaliban
Gender: Male
Voiced by: Gary Yudman
Gender: Male
Voiced by: Bob Kaliban
Gender: Female
Voiced by: Amanda Kaplan
Gender: Female
Voiced by: Marilyn Pasekoff
Gender: Female (Pad), Male (Pencil)
Voiced by: Gerrianne Raphael (Pad), Rafael Ferrer (Pencil)
Gender: Male (Mr. Shoe), Female (Mrs. Shoe, Lacey and Mary Jane)
Voiced by: Gary Yudman (Mr. Shoe), Sandy Correia (Mrs. Shoe and Lacey), Amanda Kaplan (Mary Jane)

The characters appear to be designed to evoke a sense of familiarity in preschoolers. For instance, young children can see aspects of their own personalities in Bob and Little Cup, observe the family dynamic among the Shoe Family, and perhaps most obviously, see a bit of their grandparents in Doris the door.

Episodes

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Season 1 (1999)

  1. Loud, Soft, Shake (February 1, 1999)
  2. Light, Dark, Bubble (February 8, 1999)
  3. Near, Far, Swing (February 15, 1999)
  4. Slippery, Sticky, Mirror (February 22, 1999)
  5. Above, Below, Cover (March 1, 1999)
  6. Front, Back, Side (March 8, 1999)
  7. Swing, Cover, Shake (March 15, 1999)
  8. Rough, Smooth, Picture (March 22, 1999)
  9. Open, Close, Ring (March 29, 1999)
  10. Bubble, Picture, Mirror (April 5, 1999)
  11. Thick, Thin, Twist (April 12, 1999)
  12. First, Last, Step (April 19, 1999)
  13. Ring, Twist, Step (April 26, 1999)
  14. Empty, Full, Pop (May 3, 1999)
  15. Same, Different, Beat (May 10, 1999)
  16. Fast, Slow, Spin (May 17, 1999)
  17. Long, Short, Roll (May 24, 1999)
  18. Character Show – Bob the Ball (May 31, 1999)
  19. Roll, Spin, Pop (June 7, 1999)
  20. Warm, Cool, Heart (June 14, 1999)
  21. Character Show – Plush (June 21, 1999)
  22. Still, Move, Train (June 28, 1999)
  23. Spring, Fall, Turn (July 5, 1999)
  24. High, Low, Stretch (July 12, 1999)
  25. Side, Turn, Twist (July 19, 1999)

Season 2 (2000)

  1. Top, Bottom, Jump (January 3, 2000)
  2. Over, Under, Balance (January 10, 2000)
  3. Drop, Lift, Flat (January 17, 2000)
  4. Tight, Loose, Squeeze (January 24, 2000)
  5. Hit, Miss, Bump (January 31, 2000)
  6. Work, Play, Skip (February 7, 2000)
  7. Hard, Easy, Change (February 14, 2000)
  8. New, Old, Dance (February 21, 2000)
  9. Lead, Follow, Act (February 28, 2000)
  10. Win, Lose, Tie (March 6, 2000)
  11. Push, Pull, Rock (March 13, 2000)
  12. A Little Curious About Life (March 20, 2000)
  13. Jump, Flat, Squeeze (March 27, 2000)
  14. Hard, Work, Bump (April 3, 2000)
  15. Character Show – Mop (April 10, 2000)
  16. Balance, Skip, Rock (April 17, 2000)
  17. Push, Over, Top (April 24, 2000)
  18. Drop, Loose, Change (May 1, 2000)

References

  1. ^ Richard Katz, "HBO in Family way with heavy push of new fare", Variety, September 9, 1998.
  2. ^ Lynne Heffley, "HBO Launches Spinoff With Pair of Excellent Kids' Shows", Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1999.
  3. ^ Scott Moore, "Multiplex Channel Has A Singular Focus: Kids" Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, The Washington Post, June 13, 1999.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 506. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  5. ^ https://www.homeboxoffice.com/sched/2003_02_hbo4.pdf This PDF of an official archived HBO Family schedule that month shows the correct lineup of the episodes (on page 10).
  6. ^ https://www.homeboxoffice.com/sched/2003_03_hbo4.pdf Source of "Side, Turn, Twist" (on page 10).