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Science Court
Genre Squigglevision, animation
Format Edutainment
Created by Tom Snyder
Developed by Tom Snyder
Voices of Paula Plum, Bill Braudis, H. Jon Benjamin, Paula Poundstone and Fred Stoller
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 30mins
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Kids
First shown in 1997

Science Court, an edutainment animated series from Tom Snyder Productions, aired on ABC's One Saturday Morning (now ABC Kids) in 1997. It was the closing show to Disney's One Saturday Morning as it aired at 11:30 am/12:30 pm. The cartoon was "filmed in" Squigglevision.

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Overview

“The half-hour program mixed courtroom drama, science experiments, and humor to teach fundamental concepts in elementary and middle school science such as the water cycle, work, matter, gravity, flight, and energy. As each case unfolded, the characters in the trial used humor to highlight scientific misconceptions and model good scientific practice.”[1] In a typical episode, a lawsuit or criminal action would take place based around some scientific point. Humor and musical numbers were used to breakdown scientific concepts. Science Court earned top television awards for Tom Snyder.[2] Science Court utilized Squigglevision as its style of animation.

Characters

The primary characters of Science Court were the trial lawyers, Alison Krempel and Doug Savage. Alison Krempel voiced by Paula Plum, was modest, intelligent and kind. Her logical and articulate arguments always lead to the explanations of the scientific points. Doug Savage, voiced by Bill Braudis, was ignorant, arrogant and unscrupulous.

Both Doug and Allison called on a variety of expert witnesses to prove their case. Doug, often to his detriment, called upon child academics Dr. Julie Bean and Dr. Henry Fullerghast to testify. Their scientific testimony disproved Doug’s case. Professor Nick Parsons, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin served as an expert for Alison Krempel. He used science to successfully refute Doug Savage's ludicrous and ill-informed claims. Often Mihkaila and Tim, Miss Kremple's assistant, helped to breakdown scientific concepts. Comedians Paula Poundstone and Fred Stoller rounded out the cast playing Judge Stone and court stenographer Fred respectively.

Status

Science Court was only in production for one year. However, reruns of the show continued for a year after that, taking the name Squigglevision and adding segments such as "See Ya Later, Estimator" starring Professor Parsons. Although the show was not successful Tom Snyder has had great success parlaying all twelve of the episodes into a series of educational CD-ROMs with accompanying workbooks and experiment kits for schools. On December 2, 2004 Tom Snyder, founder and former CEO of Tom Snyder Productions, was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame to honor his extraordinary contribution to educational publishing.[2]

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