‘Ready Jet Go!’ Christmas Special Launching Dec. 11
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PBS KIDS will premiere an out-of-this-world half-hour Christmas special of the popular animated series, Dec 11 on TV, the web, video app and VOD.
By AWN Staff Editor | Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 9:22am
PBS KIDS will premiere Ready Jet Go!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Dec. 11. The Christmas special will also be available to stream for free beginning on that date on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App, and fans can check it out via the 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel as well.
In Holidays in Boxwood Terrace Jet is over the moon when his idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant is accepted – and he gets to direct the show. He casts Sean, Sydney, Mindy and Sunspot as characters in the play, and also hires Mitchell Petersen to help him find that elusive, intangible thing called Christmas Spirit. Jet keeps searching for the Spirit of Christmas, and Sean and Sydney try hard to define it for him, while Mitchell really wants to belong to the group, but can’t quite figure out know how to fit in. But then, in a heartfelt conclusion, the kids get their answer about the true meaning of Christmas Spirit.
Ready Jet Go! makes the science of space cool for the 3- to 8-year-old set with vibrant animation, action-packed adventure and high-energy music, taking young viewers on a journey into outer space, and building on their natural curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series also features a leading NASA astronomer – the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Dr. Amy Mainzer, the show’s science curriculum consultant who stars in its fun and informative live-action segments.
Ready Jet Go! was created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train) and follows neighbors Sean and Sydney, who befriend the new kid on their block, Jet Propulsion, who happens to be an alien from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and its effects on the science of Earth.
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.