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Fun Facts About Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Here are some interesting statistics the creative team offers regarding the production process:

“Ice Age Three” used 6.7 million render hours – the equivalent of 764 years on a single computer 24 hours a day seven days a week

Blue Sky employees ate 1935 donuts on “donut fridays” and 1290 bagels on “bagel mondays” during production.

The film used 18,000 man weeks of work – the equivalent of 1 person for 346 years!

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Eat a Bowl of Cherries Considered for Grammy Nomination

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Rhythm Child: Eat a Bowl of Cherries. Old, classic songs take on new sound with Rhythm Child in “Eat a Bowl of Cherries.” It’s tough to listen to without dancing around. This delightful CD comes with a shaker instrument so kids can play and sing along to favorite songs. The catchy tunes are backed up by percussion, guitars, bass, organ, sax and horns, providing a wide range of sound.

Rhythm Child: Eat a Bowl of Cherries is being considered for a Grammy nomination. Check out its website at www.RhythmChild.net.

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Around the Town with Cyberchase

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

What’s going to happen when the evil Hacker tries to take over the world? Call in the Cyberchase team, of course. In these exciting new episodes debuting October 5 and 6th, learn about probabilities, problem solving and graphing. Enjoy math like never before. Check “Cyberchase” out on your local PBS station and also at Cyberchase Online.

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Around Town With Cyberchase Explores Math in Your Own Neighborhood

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

From Monday, October 5 – Friday, October 9, “Around Town with Cyberchase” launches on air with five awesome adventures, including two premiere episodes on October 5 and 6.  Each episode will tie to a special “Around Town” printable activity at Cyberchase Online. In the first new episode on October 5, “The Deedle Beast,” the Cyberchase kids chart the bizarre behavior of a pet Deedle Beast and uncover a bigger mystery than they bargained for.  In the premiere of “Spellbound” on October 6, the CyberSquad must discover how to use a grid to communicate what a spell-breaking symbol looks like and save Pompadoria from Wicked’s everlasting rule.

On Cyberchase’s new Facebook page, fans will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stars of Cyberchase making it all happen. Cyberchase is a production of THIRTEEN and Title Entertainment, Inc. in association with WNET.ORG – one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

“We’re excited to give on-the-go kids and parents some great ideas on how to incorporate math into their outings around town, whether to the grocery store, the ballpark or the zoo,” says Sandra Sheppard, executive producer for Cyberchase.  “We developed ‘Around Town with Cyberchase’ to support critical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) initiatives in local communities and to give kids and adults the tools to create their own math adventures where they live.  We’re also thrilled that the many fans of our Cyberchase For Real star, Harry, have an opportunity to see him in brand new web videos,” she continues.

Two new sets of web-exclusive videos, “The Harry Show” and “Math on the Street,” launched on September 21 at Cyberchase Online and feature Harry, played by actor Matt Wilson, encountering wacky math moments all around New York City.  The videos take place in fun spots like the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo and feature real kids and adults.  All the videos are about 1 – 2 minutes long and are available for streaming or download Cyberchase Online.

“I love meeting kids and finding out how they approach math,” says Wilson.  “I’m really excited because in these web videos, Harry talks with real kids who probably solve problems the same way as many kids at home.”  He continues, “I’m always crunching numbers – leaving a tip, comparison shopping or estimating the time it’ll take to get to the front of a line.  Through these adventures around town, Harry shows kids that we encounter math everywhere, and everyone can be good at it – often without realizing it!”

Emmy Award winner Wilson has been the live-action face of Cyberchase for the show’s seven seasons.  He is also well known on stage and screen where he has worked with Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Grammy Award winners.  Currently he is performing in the World Tour of “The Circus, Starring Britney Spears.”

The PBS KIDS GO! video player will also stream full episodes and clips from the “Around Town” episodes, plus the web videos. Also beginning September 21, the new Cyberchase Facebook page will go behind the scenes with Matt Wilson on his “Around Town” adventures, featuring exclusive photos and behind-the-scenes footage from the taping of “The Harry Show” and “Math on the Street.”  Wilson will also bring fans into a promotional photo shoot and a voiceover recording session at THIRTEEN studios.  In addition, Facebook fans will be treated to a glimpse of Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried recording their lines as the villainous Hacker and the lovable Digit for the new episode, “The Deedle Beast.” New footage will be posted daily leading up to the “Around Town” broadcast launch on October 5.

Cyberchase – the only math series for children on American TV – airs daily on PBS KIDS GO! across the country.  Check local listings at Cyberchase Online.  In the tri-state area, Cyberchase can be seen weekdays at 4:30 p.m. (beginning Sept. 7) and 8 a.m. on THIRTEEN, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. on V-me and Monday-Friday at 7 a.m. on WLIW21.

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