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Kidsongs is an American children's media franchise which includes Kidsongs Music Video Stories on DVD and video, The Kidsongs TV Show, CDs of favorite children’s songs, song books, sheet music, toys and an ecommerce website. Kidsongs was created by producer/writer Carol Rosenstein and director Bruce Gowers of Together Again Video Productions (TAVP), both of whom are music video and television production veterans. The duo had produced and directed over 100 music videos for Warner Brothers Records (WBR) and took their idea of music videos for children to the record label. Warner Brothers funded the first video, “A Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm”. Shortly thereafter, a three way partnership between TAVP, WBR and View-Master Video was formed with TAVP being responsible for production and WBR and View-Master responsible for distribution to video and music stores, and toy stores respectively.

History Edit

The home video series was launched with four Kidsongs Music Video Stories episodes at New York's Toy Fair on January 1, 1985. "A Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm” was one of those first four and has sold over 4 million copies and won the Vira Award. Each half-hour Music Video Stories episode features 10 to 15 songs, in a music video style production starring talented kids. They sing and dance their way through well known children's songs, nursery rhymes, and covers of pop hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s—all tied together by a simple story and theme.

The TAVP/WBR/View-Master Video (Viewmaster was acquired by Tyco in 1989–95) partnership produced 16 Kidsongs episodes of the Music Video Stories. In 1995, WBR and TAVP bought out Tyco's distribution rights and produced three more View-Master videos called "Country Sing-Along", "Billy Biggle's Favorite Songs", and "Boppin' with the Biggles" and two KidVision videos called "Let's Put on a Show" and "Baby Animal Songs", as part of a new venture with another division of Warner Bros.--Warner Vision. In 1997, TAVP acquired all rights from WBR/Warner Vision and became the sole owner of all Kidsongs properties.

Later in 1997, TAVP entered into a distribution/production agreement with Sony Wonder which resulted in the production of four more titles called "I Can Dance!", "I Can Do It!", "Adventures in Biggleland: Billy's Birthday" and "Adventures in Biggleland: Meet the Biggles". That agreement ended in 1998 and in 2002 distribution rights were licensed by Image Entertainment who continues to distribute the videos.

Members of Kidsongs Kids Edit

  • Katharine "Katie" Polk (1994)
  • Shira Roth (1995)
  • Christian Buenaventura (1994)
  • Alexandra "Alex" Picatto (Palm) (1994–95)
  • Megan Miyahira (1994–97)
  • Hassan Nicholas (1994–95)
  • Casey Rion (1995)
  • Marcus "Mark" Humphrey (1994)
  • Kevin Williamson, Jr. (1994)
  • Janet Veyts (1994)
  • Melanee Ann Shale (1994)
  • Christopher "Chris" Aguilar (1994)
  • Maiya Norton (1995)
  • Aaron Harvey (1995)
  • Brooke Garrett (1995)
  • Lynsey Bartilson (1995)
  • Ryan McCutchan (1995)
  • Jessica Fried (1995)
  • Dava Schatz (1995)
  • Michael Minden (1997)
  • Sara Perks (1997)
  • Asa Karsten Bernstine (1997)
  • Brady Kimball (1997)
  • Tiffany Burton (1997)
  • Troy Mullins (1997)
  • Sergio Centeno (1997)
  • Evan "Corny Boul"/Miriam "Mimi/Juggles" Paley (1997)
  • Lana Richards (1997)
  • Kamran Kamjou (1997)

Home videos Edit

From 1985 to 1998, 25 Kidsongs home video episodes encompassing 300 children's songs, nursery rhymes, and cover versions of pop hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s were produced featuring a variety of subjects that are of interest to kids: animals, birthdays, the zoo, the amusement park, camp adventure, fantasy, vehicles and general silliness. 14 have been certified platinum by the RIAA, with 5 of them having sold more than 2 million copies. As of now, the videos have sold over 19.5 million copies.

The following is a complete list of Kidsongs music video titles available on VHS:

  • A Day at Old MacDonald's Farm (1985) [US: 4x Platinum]
  • I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (1986) [US: 2x Platinum]
  • Good Night, Sleep Tight (1986) [US: Platinum]
  • Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes (1986) [US: 2x Platinum]
  • Sing Out, America! (1986) (Retitled "Home on the Range" in 1990 and later "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in 2002) [US: Platinum]
  • A Day with the Animals (1986) [US: 3x Platinum]
  • What I Want to Be! (1986) [US: Platinum]
  • The Wonderful World of Sports (1987) (Retitled "Let's Play Ball" in 1990) [US: Platinum]
  • A Day at the Circus (1987) [US: 2x Platinum]
  • A Day at Camp (1989) [US: Platinum]
  • Ride the Roller Coaster (1990) [US: Platinum]
  • Very Silly Songs (1990) [US: Gold]
  • A Day of Fun (1991) (VHS Release Only)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1992)
  • Play Along Songs (1993)
  • If We Could Talk to the Animals (1993)
  • Country Sing-Along (1994) (Retitled "I Can Go to the Country!" in 1997)
  • Billy Biggle's Favorite Songs (1994) (Retitled "My Favorite Songs" in 2003)
  • Boppin' with the Biggles (1994) (Retitled "I Can Bop with the Biggles!" in 1997)
  • Let's Put on a Show (1995) (Retitled "I Can Put on a Show!" in 1997)
  • Baby Animal Songs (1995) (Retitled "I Can Sing Baby Animal Songs!" in 1997)
  • I Can Dance! (1997)
  • I Can Do It! (1997)
  • Adventures in Biggleland: Billy's Birthday (1998)
  • Adventures in Biggleland: Meet the Biggles (1998)

Television series Edit

The Kidsongs Television Show debuted in April 4, 1994

In 1994, a new version of the television series was developed by Rosenstein and produced in conjunction with Chicago public television station WTTW and distributed by American Public Television to PBS stations nationally. Airing as part of the PBS Kids, "Ready to Learn" block, "The Kidsongs Television Show" aired throughout the country and by 1998 reached 89 percent of households. Many of the original Kidsongs videos were used in the public television series along with new educational content and in-studio guests. The kids are joined by the adorable fantasy characters Billy and Ruby Biggle and their magical friends from Biggleland. The Biggles help the children resolve their problems and concerns in a comforting, kind way. They address age-appropriate issues, such as not wanting to share, jealousy, friendship, telling the truth and patience.

Seasons one through four of The Kidsongs Television Show totalled 70 episodes. The series ran on Public Television for six years winning critical acclaim. Currently, fifteen episodes of The Kidsongs Television Show are available on DVD, and the series is also available in its entirety on digital download through iTunes and Amazon Video.

Cast Edit

The BigglesEdit

  • William "Billy" Biggle (portrayed by the Fuller Brothers Frit (Seasons 1–4)  is one of the two hosts of the series.
  • Ruby Biggle (portrayed by Amy Manlapaz (Season 2), Kimberly Bretto-Smith (Season 3) and Marilyn Rising (Seasons 4-5) and voiced by Julene Renee-Preciado) is Billy's sister. She is pink with purple hair tied in a ponytail decorated with a yellow bow.

OthersEdit

  • Amy Manlapaz – Ruby Biggle (Host) (Costume) (Season 1-2)
  • Kimberly Bretto-Smith – Ruby Biggle (Host) (Costume) (Season 3)
  • Marilyn Rising – Ruby Biggle (Host) (Costume) (Seasons 4)
  • Stephanie DuBois – Stephanie Wilson (Season 1–4)
  • Leif Jonasen (Season 2) and Roger Scott (Season 3) – Roger Forbes
  • Russ "Pete" Fremin (who played Silly Willy in the VHS episode "Very Silly Songs" (1990)) (Season 4) – Jack Frost

The Kidsongs Kids Edit

Seasons 1 and 2 (1994-1995)

  • Crew: Christopher "Chris" Aguilar, Janessa Ray (a.k.a. Janessa Beth), Marcus "Mark" Humphrey II, Megan Miyahira, Hassan Nicholas, Katharine "Katie" Polk, Melanee Ann Shale, Janet Veyts, Kevin Williamson, Jr., II
  • Hosts: Christian Buenaventura, Alexandra "Alex" Palm (a.k.a. Alexandra Picatto), William "Billy"/ Ruby Biggle (in later episodes)

Season 3 (1995-1997) Edit

  • Crew: Lynsey Bartilson, Jessica Fried, Brooke Garrett, Ryan McCutchan, Megan Miyahira, Hassan Nicholas, Maiya Norton, Casey Rion, Shira Roth, Dava Schatz
  • Hosts: Aaron Harvey, Alexandra "Alex" Palm (a.k.a. Alexandra Picatto), Lynsey Bartilson (2 episodes), William "Billy" and Ruby Biggle

Season 4 (1997-1998) Edit

  • Crew: Asa Karsten Bernstine, Kamran Kamjou, Brady Kimball, Michael Minden, Megan Miyahira, Troy Mullins, Evan/Miriam "Mimi" Paley, Sara Perks, Lana Richards
  • Hosts: Tiffany Burton, Sergio Centeno, William "Billy" and Ruby Biggle

Airing history Edit

  • United States of America (United States)
    • PTV Park (PTV) (1994–98)
  • United Kingdom
    • Spacetoon
  • Philippines
    • Radio Philippines Network
    • People's Television Network
    • GMA Network
    • Associated Broadcasting Company
  • Other
    • Spacetoon English (2005–11)
    • Spacetoon 1
    • Spacetoon 2 English (2005–11)
    • Discovery Kids (2004)

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