Exclusive Clips: New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes Blast Off in October
Next month, two new stellar STEM-inspired animated adventures will debut on PBS KIDS, with fresh episodes of Wind Dancer Films’ Ready Jet Go!premiering Oct. 9 and 19. And we’ve got two charming clips to share with you below, which show the series’ stars testing the silence of space, and enjoying the comforting magic of a mother’s lullaby.
The upcoming premieres are:
“Castaway Carrot” – After an afternoon on the Moon, Celery, Jet, and Sunspot discover, as they fly to Earth, that they have mistakenly left Carrot on the Moon! Then the saucer malfunctions and they receive news of a possible solar storm headed their way. In a nail-biter, Jet and Sunspot do a mid-outer space repair job – as per Celery’s instructions – with Carrot comically adapting to the Moon environment. In the end, the saucer is fixed, Carrot is rescued, and the solar storm heads in the opposite direction.
“Jet Can’t Sleep” – The Propulsions are woken up when a loud thunderstorm hits the neighborhood one evening. They gather in the kitchen as the noisy storm rages on, and Jet is too excited to go back to bed. Carrot, Celery, and Sunspot are sympathetic – they’re in the same boat! During the night, they all learn about Earth storms as compared to storms on other planets. And then they try to get Jet to fall asleep, a seemingly impossible task. They use more and more absurd methods, until Celery has a conventional Earthie solution: sing a lullaby.
“Not A Sound” – The kids get information from Dr. Rafferty and then travel to outer space to confirm the amazing fact that there is no sound in outer space… even though Jet is convinced he’s heard sounds all over the solar system.
“Mindy In Space” – After Mindy laments the fact that she’s still only 4 and still can’t go to space with the other kids, Sydney, Jet, Sean, and Sunspot plan a full makeshift, cobbled together ‘Day in Space’ right there in Jet’s yard. Mindy’s day ends on a nearby hilltop where they all watch a real, amazing, actual space event – the Leonid Meteor Showers shooting across the sky! Created by Craig Bartlett, (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train), the popular space science show launched in 2016 and has won over kids and family with its blend of action-adventures, music and humor. The CG stories are complemented by segments starring astronomer Dr. Amy Mainzer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, who consults on Ready Jet Go!’s curriculum.
Ready Jet Go! "Lullaby" Clip
Kidscreen - By Alexandra Whyte
June 30, 2017
National Geographic is set to bring its Nat Geo Kids channel to the Latin American market on July 1. (A separate launch in Brazil will take place in September.) The multiplatform destination, a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is aimed at four- to seven-year-olds and will focus on science, exploration, adventure and conservation.
The channel and corresponding app includes 400 hours of entertainment, available online and offline, that includes whole episodes, videos, clips, images and games.
Incoming Nat Geo Kids shows include Studio 100′s The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill (pictured), for which National Geographic has acquired exclusive pay-TV right for its LatAm territories. Comarex, Studio 100′s exclusive distribution partner in the region, brokered the deal.
Blinky Bill is a modern version of the classic series that was written by Dorothy Wall. It follows a koala that gets into mischief with his best friend, a frill-neck lizard. The toon is co-produced with Flying Bark Productions in association with Ireland’s Telegael Teoranta and India’s Giant Wheel.
The new channel has also picked up PBS Kids’ Ready Jet Go!, DHX Media’s Chuck’s Choice and Genius Brands’ Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. It will also air movies such as Madagascar, Megamind, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Stuart Little 3.
While Nat Geo Kids LatAm will create original productions, no further details have been shared yet.
After dipping its toes into the kids pool with PBS KIDS series Ready Jet Go!, Wind Dancer Films is now treading much deeper into family content.
The California-based prodco behind Roseanne and Home Improvement has announced an ambitious new slate that comes in all varieties—from preschool animation to YA book adaptations—though Wind Dancer principal Dete Meserve says there is one commonality in place.
“Kids content comes without the pressures that adult programming puts on you to be edgy,” says Meserve, who was tapped to lead the company’s push into children’s content last March. “Here, we can really employ character humor and we know at the same time we get the opportunity to teach. We’re not just a company doing preschool and animation, but are also looking at live action, which is certainly our history and legacy. We’re even looking forward to doing things in stop-motion animation.”
The company’s new slate includes The World Wide Webbers, an animated TV pilot aimed at kids ages four to eight that focuses on literacy and geography created by kids entertainment vet Kim Berglund.
Wind Dancer is also working with writer/showrunner Carin Greenberg (Tumble Leaf, Octonauts) to adapt author Antoinette Portis’ Not A Box (pictured) into a TV show.
The company has also partnered with Canada’s Muse Entertainment to create a live-action TV movie and series for tweens called Hello, I Love You. Also with Muse, Wind Dancer is turning Meserve’s book, Good Sam, into a film for The Hallmark Channel.
Further upcoming projects include an untitled animated musical series for over-fives from Ready Jet Go! creator Craig Bartlett, an animated family feature film from writer Robert Zappia (Tom & Jerry), a live-action comedy series from YA author Elise Allen (Gabby Duran) and Corey Powell (Doc McStuffins, My Little Pony), and a live-action show about cars with Tod Mesirow and Robot Body (Mythbusters, Top Gear) at the helm.
There are also two STEM-focused shows in the works, including a CG-animated series for preschoolers with executive producer Brenda Wooding (SheZow, Space Racers), as well as an animated preschool science show created by Rachel Lipman (Splash & Bubbles, Ready Jet Go) and Joe Purdy (Dinosaur Train, Ready Jet Go) entitled The Wilde Family.
In fact, the focus on STEM is born out of the success of Ready Jet Go!, which is heading into its second season.
“We realized that science is not just a subject but many, many topics rolled into one that affect our lives every day,” says Meserve. “We have been able to make one show a success and we would like to be able to do it again and again.”
In terms of Ready Jet Go!‘s initial take-off, the series has already inspired an app that has been downloaded more than half a million times, and Meserve says Wind Dancer’s upcoming shows will likely feature mobile extensions, too.
“We’re primarily focusing on kids content right now,” says Meserve. “We’re certainly looking at doing some work in adult-focused feature films and television, but it’s really more about kids.”