Did you hear the SUPER news? Super Why Comic Adventures is now streaming on PBS KIDS! The iconic series Super Why! is back with brand new adventures, in an eye-catching format, and ready to inspire the next generation of Super Readers, in this new action-packed reboot Super Why’s Comic Book Adventures!
Now streaming on PBS KIDS in the United States, this new series of 2D-animated musical shorts carries on the legacy of the original Super Why! show, with storyline adventures that help grow the literacy skills of young readers. Super Why’s Comic Book Adventures is produced by our parent organization 9 Story Media Group and animated by our award-winning Toronto studio.
Super Why’s Comic Book Adventures is aimed at helping to expand the literacy skills of preschool- and kindergarten-age children. The shorts are inspired by the well-loved, Emmy® Award-nominated Super Why! series, which premiered in 2007. In the new shorts, the literacy-powered superheroes leap into a stylized comic book world for a new storytelling twist, complete with catchy original songs that break down key skills for early readers. The shorts also introduce audiences to new quirky Literacy Villains who mix up reading rules that the Super Readers must correct. These characters include: More Man, who adds an “s” to the end of words to make them plural, adding more words and sentences; The Shuffler, who likes to mix things up; The Eraser, who erases letters and words; and Outta Space, an extraterrestrial who zaps spaces from between words.
Our Toronto crew had a fantastic time reimagining and bringing this hit series to life for a new generation of Super Readers, ‘tooning’ in and exploring a fresh new comic book style look and feel for the Super Why the characters and world. We spoke to a couple of our Super Why’s Comic Book Adventures creative leads who shared their thoughts on the new look and feel of the series:
We are very excited to bring Super Why to audiences everywhere in a refreshing new format! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our incredible team of writers and artists, we've created a show that makes learning an adventure in itself! With eccentric new characters, gorgeous visuals and catchy tunes, this project made us smile from beginning to end, and we couldn't be happier with the final result!
~Mitch Deslippe, Animation Director, Brown Bag Films
An amazing team really pulled together to create memorable characters, stories and backgrounds with an overall look and tone that truly engages the audience. With an established legacy IP still in mind, branching out and creating something fresh, funny, appealing and educational for today’s Super Readers was a challenging and rewarding experience!
~Adam Hall, Art Director, Brown Bag Films
Super Why’s Comic Book Adventures is created and developed by Alex Breen (Charlie’s Colorforms City, Super Why!) and Sarah Wallendjack (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Charlie’s Colorforms City), who also serves as Executive Producer with Angela C. Santomero (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Blue’s Clues). Geri Bertolo is the director and Stefan L. Smith is the series composer. 9 Story holds worldwide distribution and consumer product rights.
The multi-award-winning Super Why! series created by Angela C. Santomero (based on a concept co-created with Traci Page Johnson and Jennifer Twomey) for PBS KIDS, from which the new shorts are inspired, was the first preschool show designed to help children learn to read through interactive storybook adventures. The series follows the magical adventures of four fairytale friends who jump into books and become reading-powered superheroes to save the day.
A massive congratulations goes out to our entire Super Why team for their incredible work on this brand-new series. The combination of trusted research, a strong narrative foundation and distinctive artistry has created a fresh stylized experience that will leave a lasting positive impact on preschool audiences, as well as on the parents and caregivers, who will no doubt find humour throughout the show’s super adventures. As Wonder Red says “Wonderiffic, you’re ALL terrific!”
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