Sheira & Loli's Dittydoodle Works
Sheira and Loli's Dittydoodle Works is an American half-hour weekly children's television series for preschoolers airing nationally on public television stations in the United States. The series is produced by Rogar Studios, in association with WLIW in New York City.
Originating in a magical musical factory, rag doll twin sisters Sheira and Loli are the hosts in the world they share with their friends: resident visual artist Miss Molly, Doodles the wise-cracking talking purple crayon, eccentric but brilliant Professor named Professor Eeky Eeky Kronk, the troublemaking but good-natured yellow reptile-like creature named Zippy the Kwirk, and the childlike factory helpers, Professor Squeeky Squeeky Kronk (introduced in season 2) and two little furball characters known as the Funkins (Bluedles and Pink-a-Dink).
Celebrity guests for the first season include pianist/composer Marvin Hamlisch, who helps a discouraged Loli with her piano lessons in "Practice, Patience and Persistence" (episode #104), and R&B singer Chaka Khan as Mother Nature in "4 Leaf Clover" (episode #115).
Sheira and Loli's Dittydoodle Works features music written and performed by the real-life inspiration for the series' main characters, twins Sheira and Loli Brayer. The sisters' performances on Sheira and Loli's Ditties for Little Kiddies-Volume #1, and Dittydoodle Works Celebrates the Holidays garnered two iParenting Media Awards. The show was approved by Common Sense Media.
The characters' diverse personalities are designed to provide opportunities to teach positive emotional, social, and educational lessons as young viewers learn, along with the characters, about self-esteem, cooperation, relationships, fitness, and concepts about nature, the physical world, and literacy. It aired from 2005 to 2009.
The characters were introduced to public television audiences on WLIW as a series of music video shorts, bumpers, and segments in between children's programs, which were nominated for a New York Emmy and received a New York State Broadcasters Award in 2001. The creative team includes veterans of some of the most notable and award-winning productions to come out of Broadway, dance, film, and public and cable television. The team includes Mark Saltzman, a former writer at Sesame Street for nearly a decade; Alan Adelman, lighting designer of numerous television and stage productions, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center, and more; and Dean Gordon of the popular PBS children's series Between the Lions. Joseph Baker, one of Broadway's most sought-after composers and arrangers, oversees the series' music with Sheira Brayer and her identical twin sister, Leora Brayer. Baker has worked on such Broadway hits as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Lion King.
- Sheira: Julia Smith (Season 1) / Britt Moore (Season 2)
- Loli: Lucie O' Rourke (Season 1) / Elena Schloss (Season 2)
- Professor Eeky Eeky Kronk: Steve Robbins
- Miss Molly: Janice Freeman
- Bluedles: Britt Moore (Season 1) / Whitney Crites (Season 2)
- Pink-a-Dink: Heidi Mitrushi (née Hanson) (Season 1) / Tammy Paulino (Season 2)
- Professor Squeeky Squeeky Kronk: Kevin Steele (Season 2)
- Puppeteers: Eric Engelhardt (Season 1)
- Puppeteers: J.D. Quinn (Season 1)
- Puppeteers: Daniel Weissbrodt (Season 1, 2 + all online content)
- Vocals: Sheira & Leora "Loli" Brayer
- Sheira’s Pen Pal
- Feelings and Communication
- Practice, Patience and Persistence
- Shrinky Shrinky Kronk
- My Froggy The Prince
- Make It Write
- You Are What You Eat
- Tis Better To Give
- Pilfered Piggy
- Sick of Being Sick
- Better To Be Kind
- 4 Leaf Clover
- Together or Alone?
- Professor Pedro
- Froggy My Love
- Who Switched the Switcher?
- Halfway Around the World to be with Friends
- Be What You Want To Be
- Peer Pressure
- Have No Fear
- Be My Own Kwirk
- Meet Squeeky
- Dear Diary
- Not Now
- No Lies
- Make Room for Zimbot
- Laughter Heels
- Pay Attention
- Where'd I Put It?
- Betty Rose
- Since You've Been Gone
Merchandise has been released for the show, including t-shirts, plush dolls of Sheira and Loli and The Funkins, tattoos, DVDs, CDs, paperback books, and activity books. Prior to the series start, in late 2000, when the duo was first featured on WLIW, a VHS was released based on all the music videos that were shown in between the children's programs.