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Weston Woods Studios (or simply Weston Woods) is a production company that makes audio and short films based on well-known books for children. It was founded in 1953 by Morton Schindel in Weston, Connecticut, and named after the wooded area near his home. The company's first project was Andy and the Lion in 1954, and its first animated film was The Snowy Day in 1963. [1] Starting in 1968, Weston Woods began a long collaboration with animator Gene Deitch and opened international offices in Henley-on-Thames, England, UK, in 1972; Canada in 1975; and Australia in 1977. In addition to making the films, the company also conducted interviews with the writers, illustrators, and makers of the films. The films appeared on children's television programs such as Captain Kangaroo and Eureeka's Castle.[2] In the mid-1980s, the films were released on VHS under the Children's Circle titles, and Wood Knapp Video distributed these releases from 1988 to 1995.

Weston Woods Studios
Publishing Company
IndustryFilm
Founded1953
FounderMorton Schindel
Headquarters,
Key people
Richard Robinson (CEO)
ParentScholastic Corporation

Beginning in 1968, the company also made filmstrips and audio recordings synchronized to them, which became known as the Picture Book Parade. Many of these recordings were narrated by actor Owen Jordan and were different recordings from the films.

In 1996, the company was acquired by Scholastic Corporation.[3]

Contents

Selected filmographyEdit

  • 1954 - Andy and the Lion
  • 1955 - Make Way for Ducklings
  • 1955 - The Story about Ping
  • 1955 - La Sopa De Predras
  • 1957 - Lentil
  • 1958 - Curious George Rides a Bike
  • 1959 - Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • 1963 - The Snowy Day
  • 1964 - Lively Art of Picture Books
  • 1966 - Maurice Sendak
  • 1969 - Drummer Hoff
  • 1970 - Rosie's Walk
  • 1971 - The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • 1971 - A Picture for Harold's Room
  • 1971 - In a Spring Garden
  • 1971 - The Foolish Frog
  • 1972 - The Three Robbers
  • 1972 - Changes Changes
  • 1974 - The Beast of Monsieur Racine [4]
  • 1974 - Anansi the Spider
  • 1975 - Where the Wild Things Are
  • 1975 - Really Rosie
  • 1976 - How a Picture Book is Made
  • 1977 - Gene Deitch: The Picture Book Animated [5]
  • 1979 - Smile for Auntie [6]
  • 1980 - Georgie
  • 1980 - Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman
  • 1981 - Moon Man
  • 1981 - Morton Schindel: From Page to Screen
  • 1982 - Fourteen Rats and a Rat Catcher
  • 1982 - Morris's Disappearing Bag[7]
  • 1984 - Corduroy
  • 1984 - Doctor DeSoto (Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominee) [8]
  • 1985 - Happy Birthday, Moon
  • 1985 - The Amazing Bone
  • 1987 - In the Night Kitchen
  • 1988 - Joey Runs Away
  • 1988 - The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
  • 1988 - Max's Christmas
  • 1988 - The Three Little Pigs
  • 1989 - Brave Irene
  • 1990 - Danny and the Dinosaur
  • 1991 - Flossie & the Fox
  • 1991 - The Three Little Pigs
  • 1995 - Owen
  • 1996 - Harry the Dirty Dog
  • 1997 - All the Colors of the Earth
  • 1997 - All the World
  • 1997 - And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
  • 1997 - Officer Buckle and Gloria
  • 1998 - Good Night, Gorilla
  • 1998 - Angus and the Ducks
  • 1999 - Chrysanthemum
  • 1999 - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom [9]
  • 1999 - Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!
  • 1999 - Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
  • 2000 - Antarctic Antics
  • 2000 - How Much is a Million?
  • 2000 - Pete's a Pizza
  • 2001 - Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
  • 2001 - Trashy Town
  • 2001 - Space Case
  • 2001 - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
  • 2002 - There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
  • 2002 - Waiting for Wings
  • 2002 - Miss Nelson is Back
  • 2002 - If You Made a Million
  • 2002 - The Nutshell Kids Library (AKA Really Rosie DVD version)
  • 2002 - Merry Christmas, Space Cas
  • 2003 - Dem Bones
  • 2003 - Come On, Rain!
  • 2004 - Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3
  • 2004 - Duck for President
  • 2004 - Over in the Meadow
  • 2004 - The Wheels on the Bus
  • 2005 - Bear Snores On
  • 2005 - Planting A Rainbow
  • 2006 - Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
  • 2006 - Emily's First 100 Days of School
  • 2007 - Dooby Dooby Moo
  • 2007 - Leonardo the Terrible Monster
  • 2008 - The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • 2009 - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
  • 2009 - Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity
  • 2010 - Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
  • 2010 - The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog
  • 2011 - Children Make Terrible Pets!
  • 2011 - Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
  • 2012 - Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct
  • 2012 - Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion
  • 2012 - Merry Christmas, Splat!
  • 2013 - Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
  • 2013 - The Night Before
  • 2013 - The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • 2013 - And Then, It's Spring
  • 2013 - Bear Has a Story to Tell
  • 2014 - The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
  • 2015 - Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
  • 2015 - That is NOT a Good Idea! [10]
  • 2018 - Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown
  • 2018 - Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs
  • 2018 - Nanette's Baguette

DVD releasesEdit

In 2002, a DVD collection of Weston Woods films entitled Scholastic Video Collection was released. It was released under the title Scholastic Storybook Treasures..

  • Where the Wild Things Are and more Maurice Sendak Stories (September 24, 2002)
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Lots More Learning Fun (September 24, 2002)
  • Chrysantheum and More Kevin Henkes Stories (September 24, 2002)
  • The Night Before Christmas and More Christmas Stories (September 24, 2002)
  • Good Night Gorilla and More Bedtime Stories (2003)
  • Miss Nelson Has A Field Day and Miss Nelson Is Back (2003)

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