Swamp Critters
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Left to right: Big Al Gator, Billy Bob Possum, Gumbo Fiddler Crab, Ribbit E. Lee, Ima Dilla, and Joe Raccoon
Genre
  • Education
  • Children's
Created byBobby Goldsboro
Written byBobby Goldsboro
Voices ofBobby Goldsboro
Theme music composerBobby Goldsboro
Opening theme"Rollin' Down to Lost Lagoon"
ComposerBobby Goldsboro
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 3, 1996 (1996-02-03) –
January 27, 2001 (2001-01-27)

The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon (originally named Swamp Critters) is an American children's television series created by country music star Bobby Goldsboro. Targeted for children aged 2 to 8, the show featured characters brought to life by actors.[1] The program aired on PBS and The Learning Channel from 1996 to 2001, and according to the show's website, it currently airs on the America One Television Network and on TCT Kids.[2]

Characters

Band

Other characters

Cast and crew

               Christian Buenaventura (Pilot)
                           Rue Phillips {Season 2}
                           Christine Westmoreland {Seasons 3 and 4}

Development

Goldsboro funded the show using his own money instead of getting investors to back it. According to him, "the minute somebody puts in money, they think they have the right to say, 'You know, Barney is so successful, why don't you make that alligator purple instead of green?' I've got enough to worry about without having to appease somebody else." Goldsboro also decided to start the show on a PBS affiliate rather than on a network affiliate. According to him, if he had gone to a network he "would have had to have a lot more action on the show. On the network shows, everything is fast cuts and fast movements. They think that's what kids want to see in this day and age of video games".[3] The first season was produced in late 1995 and was broadcast the following spring. The same is true for the second season. In fall of 1996, the second season was in production, and made its first broadcast in the spring of 1997. Between 1998 and 1999, the first two seasons aired in reruns on PBS and TLC, and in the year 2000, the show was revived for a third season, which was broadcast between fall of 2000 and spring of 2001.

Music

Each half-hour episode contains four to six songs, ranging from blues and Dixieland jazz to pop and classical and country music. For the first two seasons, over 100 songs were written. According to Goldsboro, "it's music that's on a children's show but it's not children's music. I've never understood talking down to kids and treating them like they're imbeciles. Several shows do that."[3]

Animatronics

Each of the main characters' costume heads contains over $20,000 worth of animatronics, which are used to control their facial expressions and mouth movements.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Bobby Goldsboro". classicbands.com. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Swamp Critters Television!". bobbygoldsboro.com. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Pamela Davis. "Goldsboro plays new tune on PBS". South Coast Today. Retrieved November 25, 2010.