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Curiosity Shop
Format Children's television series
Starring John Levin, Kerry McLane, Pamelyn Ferdin, Jerelyn Fields, Barbara Minkus
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 60 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1971)

Curiosity Shop was an American children's television show produced by ABC-TV in 1971. (The executive producer was legendary animator Chuck Jones.) It featured three inquisitive children (two boys and a girl) who each week visited a shop populated with various puppets and gadgets, discovering interesting things about science, nature, and history. Noted screenwriter Irving Phillips provided some scripts and animation art for the show.[1]

John Levin and Kerry McLane played Gerard and Ralph, the two boys. Alternating the girl's role were Pamelyn Ferdin as Pam and Jerelyn Fields as Cindy. Barbara Minkus made a regular appearance as Gittle, a witch who magically appeared whenever someone said a phrase that included "which." Guests on the show included Vincent Price and two appearances by Dennis the Menace cartoonist Hank Ketcham, who presented the first animated cartoons of Dennis. Shirley Jones appeared on the show's pilot, "The Curiosity Shop Special," which featured all four children.

References

  1. ^ Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2000/nov/01/local/me-45133

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Curiosity Shop
Format Children's television series
Starring John Levin, Kerry McLane, Pamelyn Ferdin, Jerelyn Fields, Barbara Minkus
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 60 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1971)

Curiosity Shop was an American children's educational television program produced by ABC-TV in 1971, capitalizing on the success of Sesame Street.

Sponsored by the Kellogg's cereal company, Curiosity Shop was broadcast Saturday mornings from 1971 to 1972. The program featured three inquisitive children (two boys and a girl) who each week visited a shop populated with various puppets and gadgets, discovering interesting things about science, nature and history. Each hour-long show covered a specific theme: music, clothing, dance, weather, the five senses, space, time, etc.

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Talent

The executive producer was legendary animator Chuck Jones, who contributed two new animated characters to the show:

  • Professor S.I. Trivia, a bespectacled "bookworm," lived in a dictionary and was always on hand to supply a definition to a word the children didn't know.
  • A French-accented bird, whose catchphrase was, "That's right!", always tried to catch Prof. Trivia with a nosedive before the worm dodged the bird just in time, causing him to ram into the dictionary and get his beak stuck in it.

Noted screenwriter Irving Phillips provided some scripts and animation art for the show,[1] including an animation of his long-running syndicated comic strip "The Strange World of Mr. Mum." Animations of Mell Lazarus's comic strip Miss Peach and Virgil Partch's cartoon Big George were also presented on the show.

Henry Mancini composed the program's theme music.

Actors

John Levin and Kerry McLane played Gerard and Ralph, the two boys. Alternating the girl's role were Pamelyn Ferdin as Pam and Jerelyn Fields as Cindy.

Barbara Minkus made a regular appearance as Gittle, a witch who magically appeared whenever someone said a phrase that included "which."

Darwin, a chimpanzee, made his home in a treehouse on the show.

Puppet characters

  • Flip, an orange hippopotamus with a jive-talking voice.
  • Baron Balthazar, a bearded, derby-hatted gentleman who presented a regular cartoon about his latest invention.
  • The Oogle, a marsupial-like creature with a beak-like mouth, a hayseed-style hat, and a demeanor of clownish confusion and disillusion.
  • Onomatopoeia, a multi-legged furry beast that made many different noises.
  • Eek A. Mouse.
  • Woodrow the groundhog, who often yelled "Qui-e-e-e-e-e-t!" when things got out of hand and woke him from his slumber.
  • Nostalgia, a chronically forgetful but sweet-tempered elephant.
  • Hermione Giraffe.
  • Aarthur the Aardvark.
  • Ole Factory the Bloodhound.
  • Halcyon the Hyena.

Inanimate characters

  • A talking computer with tape-reel eyes who satisfied the children's curiosity about any subject and presented educational movies, tapes, cartoons, vocabulary series, etc., on his screen-mouth.
  • Hudson, a gravelly-voiced rock who told stories of prehistory.
  • Granny TV, a rocking antique television set who presented classic film comedies by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Will Rogers, etc.
  • Mr. Jones, a tape recorder that played the prerecorded voice of Chuck Jones, the only means of communication between the children and the legendary animator.

Guests

Guests on the program included Vincent Price and two appearances by Dennis the Menace cartoonist Hank Ketcham, who presented the first animated cartoons of Dennis.

Shirley Jones appeared on the show's pilot, "The Curiosity Shop Special," which featured all four children.

References

  1. ^ Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2000/nov/01/local/me-45133
One episode guest star actor Vincent Price.

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