(PRWEB) July 13, 2005
TIME WARP TRIO is a new action-adventure animated series airing Saturday mornings on Discovery Kids on NBC and weeknights on the Discovery Kids Channel. The TIME WARP TRIO website takes the fun and the history from each episode to a whole new interactive level! Kids can continue their wild travel adventures with the TIME WARP gang at the TIME WARP TRIO website (http://www.timewarptrio.com), which they can get from DiscoveryKids.com.
Targeting kids 6 to 11 years old, the TIME WARP TRIO website goes beyond the TV series by warping real kids into history! While playing ÂGreen Mist Mysteries,Â young detectives become active participants in actual TIME WARP TRIO stories: If Joe, Sam and Fred wind up face to face with Blackbeard -- again! -- can you figure out how to warp them back home? Also, be sure to watch out for Mad Jack -- heÂs hidden in every episode of TIME WARP TRIO! HeÂs been stealing artifacts throughout time, and visitors to the site will engage in missions to return them in ÂPut It Back, Jack!Â In ÂSandwiches of Time,Â kids try to keep the Trio from being stranded in the cosmos before they can warp home, by using their knowledge of history. The site complements all 26 episodes of TIME WARP TRIO and includes games, research adventures, write-in features, interactive stories and materials for parents and teachers such as the following:
ÂGreen Mist MysteriesÂ -- In-depth interactive TIME WARP TRIO stories revisiting a time and place to which the Trio has warped. Kids meet challenges and make choices to alter the course of events in the story.
ÂPut It Back, Jack!Â -- 26 episode-related fact-finding missions. Kids must return a stolen artifact to the correct time and place by answering questions based on information provided in the ÂPlentifax 487.Â
ÂPlentifax 487Â -- 26 guides to each time and place visited by the Time Warp Trio presented in a humorous, futuristic ÂgizmoÂ format.
ÂMessages Across TimeÂ -- Kids can (safely) leave messages for other kids to find in each of the 26 adventure destinations.
ÂSandwiches of TimeÂ -- A history quiz in which players keep the Trio from being kicked out of Mabel's Diner (a rest stop for time travelers) by making BLTs with their correct answers. If you can guess how tall Napoleon was, youÂll win a piece of lettuce! The quiz includes a tell-a-friend form for bragging about the score.
ÂSound DetectiveÂ -- Warning! This game has a high gross-out factor! ItÂs a wacky sound effects quiz in which the answers are sounds from specific times and places in history (was that a toilet flushing or just Fred burping?).
ÂWordsplosionÂ -- Magnetic poetry comes alive when kids write poetic messages to e-mail to their friends, using words specific to different TIME WARP TRIO adventures.
ÂSay It, DonÂt Spray It!Â -- Six history-themed rotating questions with posted answers submitted to the site by kids.
ÂTWT on TVÂ -- Short clips from the TV series, including the seriesÂ catchy opening song by the cool punk band RiddlinÂ Kids!
ÂWhoÂs Who?Â -- An ever-increasing collection of factual and funny bios of key historical characters plus the core TIME WARP TRIO characters.
ÂNewsletterÂ -- Kids can sign up to receive a weekly COPPA-compliant newsletter that will announce new features and any TIME WARP TRIO-worthy news of note.
ÂParentsÂ & TeachersÂÂ -- This area, geared specifically for parents, teachers and home school educators will engage kids in history through fun activities based on the shows. It will include an introductory essay written by Jon Scieszka, original lesson plans for each adventure and an annotated list of resources for students and teachers, including books and links to relevant websites.
TIME WARP TRIO is produced by WGBH in association with Soup2Nuts for Discovery Kids. Carol Greenwald is executive producer for WGBH. For Discovery Kids, Martha Ripp and Jim Rapsas are executive producers and Marjorie Kaplan is the executive in charge of production.
Major funding for TIME WARP TRIO is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Discovery Kids lets kids explore the real world. The Saturday morning block on NBC and the Discovery Kids Channel (a 24-hour digital channel) offer entertaining, engaging, high-quality, real-world programming for kids. Building on Discovery Networks signature areas of science, adventure, exploration and natural history as well as a genre just for kids, real-world narrative, each Discovery Kids show gives kids another perspective of the world in which they live and the possibilities available to them. Discovery Kids...itÂs really, really real!
WGBH is the producer of award-winning childrenÂs series such as Arthur, Between the Lions, Postcards from Buster and ZOOM, airing on PBS, and Peep and the Big Wide World, airing on TLCÂs READY SET LEARN! and the Discovery Kids Channel. Under the leadership of vice president Brigid Sullivan, the WGBH childrenÂs lineup leads the field in educational multimedia (including the Web, broadband and interactive television) and in technologies and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. WGBHÂs current childrenÂs series have been recognized with some of the worldÂs most prestigious awards, including a dozen Emmys, the George Foster Peabody award, three Prix Jeunesse awards, a BAFTA and more than a dozen ParentsÂ Choice awards.
Soup2Nuts is an innovative Boston-based digital animation studio offering full, in-house production services from creating series, writing, music composing, recording, character design, through the entire animation process. Founded in 1994, the studio quickly established a reputation as a successful and award-winning creator and producer of animated comedy programming with first hit, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist on Comedy Central. Soup2Nuts has produced numerous series including Home Movies for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Hey Monie for Oxygen Network and BET; Squigglevision, on ABC and O'Grady on Noggin's tween block, The N. Soup2Nuts is owned by Scholastic, the global childrenÂs publishing and media company.
Elizabeth Cote, WGBH: 617-300-5336
Karen Baratz, Discovery: 240-497-1811
Matt Katzive, Discovery: 240-662-7802