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Kidsongs is an American children's media franchise that 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.[1] It 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.[2][3][4] The duo had produced and directed over 100 music videos for Warner Bros. 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.[5]

Kidsongs
Kidsongs Logo.png
1989–98 logo with the ".com" added in 2002.
GenreChildren's music sing-along
Developed byWarner Bros. Records (1985–95)
Together Again Video Productions (TAVP) (1985–95)
Together Again Productions (TAP) (1991, 1992 and 1995–98)
Written byCarol Rosenstein
Directed byBruce Gowers
Composer(s)Michael Lloyd
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Carol Rosenstein
Bruce Gowers
James Rich, Jr.
Producer(s)Carol Rosenstein
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Production company(s)WTTW National Productions
Warner Bros. Records (seasons 1-2)
Sony Wonder (season 3)
Together Again Productions
DistributorView-Master Video (1985–94)
Warner Reprise Video (1986–94)
KidVision (1995)
Sony Wonder (1997–98)
Image Entertainment (2002–current)
Release
Picture format480i SD
Original releaseDecember 3, 1985 –
October 24, 1998
External links
Website

Contents

HistoryEdit

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[6] and won the Vira Award.[7] Each half-hour Music Video Stories episode features 10 to 15 songs, in a music video style production starring children. 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)[8] 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 "Billy Biggle's Favorite Songs", "Country Sing-Along", and "Boppin' with the Biggles" in 1994, and two KidVision videos called "Let's Put on a Show" & "Baby Animal Songs” in 1995, as part of a new venture with another division of Warner Bros.--Warner Vision.[9] 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[10] with Sony Wonder, which resulted in the production of four more titles called "I Can Do It", "I Can Dance!", "Adventures in Biggleland: Billy's Birthday", and "Adventures in Biggleland: Meet the Biggles". That agreement ended in July 1, 1998, and in 2002, distribution rights were licensed by Image Entertainment, who continues to distribute the videos.

Notable membersEdit

Home VideosEdit

From December 3, 1985 to August 24, 1998, Kidsongs home video episodes encompassing 300 children's songs, nursery rhymes, and cover versions of pop hits from the '50s-'90s were produced, featuring a variety of subjects that are of interest to kids: animals, birthdays, the zoo, sports, summer camp, fantasy, vehicles, and general silliness. 14 have been certified platinum by the RIAA,[12] 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]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (1986) [US: 2x Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Good Night, Sleep Tight (1986) [US: Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes (1986) [US: 2x Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Home On The Range (1986), Renamed "Sing Out, America!" in the Philippines and renamed "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in 1993 [US: Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

A Day with the Animals (1986) [US: 3x Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

What I Want to Be! (1986) [US: Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

The Wonderful World of Sports (1987) Renamed “Let's Play Ball” in 1990, and Renamed “Sport Adventures” in the UK in 1994 [US/UK: Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

A Day at the Circus (1987) [US: 2x Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

A Day at Camp (1989) [US: Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Ride the Roller Coaster (1990) [US: Platinum]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Very Silly Songs (1990) [US: Gold]Edit

Featuring these music videos:

A Day of Fun (1991) (Only released on VHS)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. BINGO (From "A Day with the Animals")
  • 2. I Got Wheels (From "Cars, Boats, Trains & Planes")
  • 3. Old MacDonald Had a Farm (From "A Day Old McDonald's Farm")
  • 4. Day-O (From "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing")
  • 5. The Circus is Coming to Town (From "A Day at the Circus")
  • 6. We're Gonna Get Wet (From "Ride the Roller Coaster")
  • 7. Down by the Bay (From "Very Silly Songs")
  • 8. Them Bones (From "What I Want to Be")
  • 9. I've Been Working on the Railroad (From "Sing Out, America!/Home on the Range/Yankee Doodle Dandy")
  • 10. When the Saints Go Marching In (From "A Day at Camp")
  • 11. The More We Get Together (End Credit Version) (From "A Day at Camp")

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1992)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Play Along Songs (1993)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

If We Could Talk to the Animals (1993)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Billy Biggle's Favorite Songs (1994) Renamed "My Favorite Songs" in 2002Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Country Sing-Along (1994) Renamed "I Can Go to the Country" in (1997)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. Swingin' (John Anderson)
  • 2. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)
  • 3. Watch Our Oats and Barley Grow
  • 4. The Old Chisholm Trail with Billy and Ruby Biggle
  • 5. Born to Be a Cowboy (Michael Lloyd) (also used at the end credits)
  • 6. Buffalo Gals
  • 7. Nashville Cats
  • 8. Achy Breaky Heart
  • 9. Country Kid (Michael Lloyd)
  • 10. Happy Trails to You

Boppin' with the Biggles (1994) Renamed "I Can Bop with the Biggles" in (1997)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Let's Put on a Show! (1995) Renamed "I Can Put on a Show!" in (1997)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Baby Animal Songs (1995) Renamed "I Can Sing Baby Animal Songs" in (1997)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

I Can Dance! (1997)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

I Can Do It! (1997)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Adventures in Biggleland: Billy's Birthday (1998)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Adventures in Biggleland: Meet the Biggles (1998)Edit

Featuring these music videos:

Television seriesEdit

The Kidsongs Television Show
GenreChildren's music
Developed byOrbis Communications (Season 1 (1987–88))
Warner Bros. Records (Seasons 1–2 (1987–95))
Together Again Television Productions (TATVP) (1987–88))
Together Again Video Productions (TAVP) (Seasons 1, 3 and 4 (1987–88, 1995 and 1997))
Together Again Syndication Productions (TASP) (Season 1 (1994))
Together Again Productions (TAP) (Seasons 3–4 (1997–98))
Sony Wonder (Sony Wonder Television) (Seasons 3–4 (1997–98))
Written byCarol Rosenstein
Directed byBruce Gowers
Opening theme"We Want Our Kidsongs" (based on "I Got Wheels")
Ending theme"We Want Our Kidsongs" (Reprise)
Composer(s)Michael Lloyd
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes96
Production
Executive producer(s)Carol Rosenstein
Bruce Gowers
Producer(s)Carol Rosenstein
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Release
Original networkSyndication (PBS)
Spacetoon
Picture format480i SDTV
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1987; 32 years ago (1987-09-19) –
November 8, 1998; 21 years ago (1998-11-08)
External links
Website

The Kidsongs Television Show debuted on September 19, 1987, with 26 half-hour episodes for 30 minutes distributed by Orbis Entertainment.[13] The half-hour, live action episodes featured the Kidsongs Kids running their own TV show in a top 8 countdown-style show, featuring music videos from the Kidsongs home video series. It ran on network affiliates, primarily on Saturday mornings.[14] It garnered excellent ratings and ran for 2 years, before moving to the Disney Channel for another four years. It won the prestigious Excellence in Children's Programming Award from ACT. In 1987–88, it was called The Kidsongs TV Show.[15]

In April 4, 1994, a new version of the television series was developed by Rosenstein and produced in conjunction with Chicago public television station WTTW for 30 minutes 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.[16] 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 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 96 episodes. It ran on Public Television for six years, winning critical acclaim.[15][17] Currently, fifteen episodes of The Kidsongs Television Show are available on DVD,[1] and the series is also available in its entirety on digital download through iTunes and Amazon Video.

CharactersEdit

The two hosts are William "Billy" Biggle and Ruby Biggle. Billy was portrayed by the Fuller Brothers Frat (Seasons 2–4) and Frit (Season 4) and voiced by Julene Renee-Preciado. He is blue with yellow hair. Billy's sister Ruby was portrayed by Amy Manlapaz (Season 2), Kimberly Bretto-Smith (Season 3 & 4) and Marilyn Rising (Seasons 5) and also voiced by Julene Renee-Preciado. She is pink with purple hair tied in a ponytail decorated with a yellow bow. The Biggles were supported by a variety of minor and guest characters.

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)March 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)
230April 4, 1994 (1994-04-04)May 13, 1994 (1994-05-13)
320October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)October 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)
420September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)

Season 1 (1987-1988)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Our First TV Show!"September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
22"Let's Sing American Songs"September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
33"Studio Fun"October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
44"We've Got This Down"October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
55"We're on a Roll"October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
66"Classic Kid's Songs"October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
77"What's a #1?"October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
88"Songs & Games"November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
99"Practice Makes Perfect"November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
1010"Let's Count 'em Down"November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
1111"Music Video Madness"November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
1212"Let's Get Moving"December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
1313"Made by Kids"December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
1414"For Kids & Starring Kids"December 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
1515"It's Sing-a-Long Time!"December 26, 1987 (1987-12-26)
1616"It's a Kid's World"January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
1717"We Want Our Kidsongs"January 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)
1818"Kidsongs Rocks"January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
1919"What's Climbing Up the Charts?"January 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
2020"Hits, Classics & Sing-Alongs"January 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
2121"Join the Sing-Along Fun"February 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
2222"School Days"February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
2323"We Love Our Kidsongs"February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
2424"Livin' in the USA"February 27, 1988 (1988-02-27)
2525"Counting Down the Chart"March 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
2626"It's a Wrap!"March 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)

Season 2 (1994)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
271"Alligator on the Loose"April 4, 1994 (1994-04-04)
282"A Fish Story"April 5, 1994 (1994-04-05)
293"Billy's Tummy Ache"April 6, 1994 (1994-04-06)
304"Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!"April 7, 1994 (1994-04-07)
315"The Mail Must Go Through"April 8, 1994 (1994-04-08)
326"Teamwork"April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)
337"Where in the World is Billy Biggle?"April 12, 1994 (1994-04-12)
348"Katie's Little Lie"April 13, 1994 (1994-04-13)
359"Practice Makes Perfect"April 14, 1994 (1994-04-14)
3610"Pizza, Pizza"April 15, 1994 (1994-04-15)
3711"Just a Little Bit of History"April 18, 1994 (1994-04-18)
3812"It's Circus Day"April 19, 1994 (1994-04-19)
3913"I Can't Play Sports"April 20, 1994 (1994-04-20)
4014"A Community Assignment"April 21, 1994 (1994-04-21)
4115"Dinosaur Day"April 22, 1994 (1994-04-22)
4216"Around the World in 30 Minutes"April 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)
4317"Megan's Bad Day"April 26, 1994 (1994-04-26)
4418"Safety First"April 27, 1994 (1994-04-27)
4519"Recycled TV"April 28, 1994 (1994-04-28)
4620"Professor Majorchord's Music Lesson"April 29, 1994 (1994-04-29)
4721"Change for the Better"May 2, 1994 (1994-05-02)
4822"Weather Biggle"May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03)
4923"Olympian Dreams"May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04)
5024"Wild West Fever"May 5, 1994 (1994-05-05)
5125"Responsibility"May 6, 1994 (1994-05-06)
5226"Birthday Blues"May 9, 1994 (1994-05-09)
5327"Aviation Adventures"May 10, 1994 (1994-05-10)
5428"Sign Language Communication"May 11, 1994 (1994-05-11)
5529"I Need a Little Pasta"May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12)
5630"A Kidsongs Kid's Best Friend"May 13, 1994 (1994-05-13)

Season 3 (1995)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
571"Transportation"October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)
582"Give My Regards to Broadway"October 3, 1995 (1995-10-03)
593"Man's Best Friend"October 4, 1995 (1995-10-04)
604"We're Dancing Now"October 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)
615"La La Bamba"October 6, 1995 (1995-10-06)
626"Where Oh Where Has My Little Bike Gone"October 9, 1995 (1995-10-09)
637"Alex Alex Alex"October 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
648"Garage Sale"October 11, 1995 (1995-10-11)
659"Here, Kitty Kitty"October 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
6610"Mind Your Manners"October 13, 1995 (1995-10-13)
6711"I Have an Idea"October 16, 1995 (1995-10-16)
6812"Share and Share Alike"October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)
6913"Collector's Item"October 18, 1995 (1995-10-18)
7014"Fiddle Me This"October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
7115"All the News That's Fit"October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
7216"Circle of Life"October 23, 1995 (1995-10-23)
7317"Practice, Practice, Practice"October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
7418"Reach for the Stars"October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25)
7519"Playing Favorites"October 26, 1995 (1995-10-26)
7620"They Raise Horses, Don't They?"October 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)

Season 4 (1997)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
771"All Together Now"September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
782"Gone to the Dogs"September 2, 1997 (1997-09-02)
793"Put Your Dancin' Shoes On"September 3, 1997 (1997-09-03)
804"Bang Your Drum Loudly"September 4, 1997 (1997-09-04)
815"What I Want to Be"September 5, 1997 (1997-09-05)
826"Let's Go Barefootin'"September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
837"It's 60's Day"September 9, 1997 (1997-09-09)
848"A Doggone Great Day"September 10, 1997 (1997-09-10)
859"Working Together"September 11, 1997 (1997-09-11)
8610"Water World"September 12, 1997 (1997-09-12)
8711"Practice Makes Perfect"September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15)
8812"We Are Family"September 16, 1997 (1997-09-16)
8913"Let's Look It Up"September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17)
9014"Brady "Safety" Kimball"September 18, 1997 (1997-09-18)
9115"Throwing Curve Balls"September 19, 1997 (1997-09-19)
9216"Went to the Animal Fair"September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
9317"Billy's Doctor Visit"September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
9418"Aloha, Biggleland"September 24, 1997 (1997-09-24)
9519"Monster Truck Day"September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
9620"Dream On"September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About Us – Kidsongs".
  2. ^ "Bruce Gowers". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Carol Rosenstein". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Together Again Productions [us]". IMDb.
  5. ^ Home Video Publisher, Vol. 8 No. 32, 2/24/1986
  6. ^ Bruce Haring, "Gold, Platinum...", Variety, Jan. 26, 1993
  7. ^ "Video Review's Critics' Choice Awards", Video Review, April 1987, page 77
  8. ^ Reuters, New York Times Business section, May 24, 1989
  9. ^ Business Wire, "Warner Home Video to Distribute Warner Vision", February 5, 1996
  10. ^ Scott Hettrick, "Sony Wonder Joins..." Hollywood Reporter, July 10, 1997, page 3
  11. ^ "Kyle Stanley". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  12. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum Searchable Database (Kidsongs) – June 7, 2016". RIAA.
  13. ^ Tom Bierbaum, "After Success In Homevideo, 'Kidsongs' Bouncing into NBC TV", Variety, July 8, 1987, page 20
  14. ^ "The Kidsongs Television Show Launched", TV Facts Figures & Film, September 1987
  15. ^ a b Jeanne Spreier, "'Kidsongs' In Tune With Children", Dallas Morning News, March 23, 1998, page 51
  16. ^ The Kidsongs TV Show, WTTW Chicago Carriage Report, February 1998
  17. ^ Tim Kiska, "Great Kid TV Debate: Entertain or Educate?", Detroit News, July 1, 1998, page 1E

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