|Sid the Science Kid|
|Also known as||Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid|
|Genre||Children's television series|
|Created by||The Jim Henson Company|
|Written by||Bradley Zweig|
|Voices of||Drew Massey|
|Theme music composer||Dena Diamond|
|Opening theme||"Sid the Science Kid"|
|Ending theme||"Sid the Science Kid" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||66 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Brian Henson|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||The Jim Henson Company|
|Distributor||The Jim Henson Company|
|Original network||PBS Kids|
|Original release||September 1, 2008 –|
March 25, 2013
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 affiliate KCET channel 28 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 Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named Josh. 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.
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? is a question that Sid has with anything that has to do something with the problem.
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.
The Super Fabulous Lab (aka The Super Fab 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 is when the class finished an experiment, the kids would either play in the classroom or on the playground.
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 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! 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! 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.
Main article: List of Sid the Science Kid episodes
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.