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|Genre||Children's television series|
|Created by||Eric Weiner
|Voices of||Jesse Schwartz
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||67 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Susan Holden
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Baby Einstein Company
|Original channel||Playhouse Disney|
|Original run||October 9, 2005– December 22, 2009|
Little Einsteins is an animated television series on Disney Junior. The educational preschool series was developed for television by Douglas Wood who created the concept and characters, and a subsequent team headed by Emmy Award-winning director Olexa Hewryk and JoJo's Circus co-creator Eric Weiner, and produced by Curious Pictures and The Baby Einstein Company. The first episode of the Little Einsteins TV series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on October 5, 2005 and in the United States on the Disney Channel on October 9, 2005. In Europe, the second season of the show premiered on the Disney Channel around Christmas time, and in Japan, it aired on October 8, 2007, on Playhouse Disney Japan.
Little Einsteins was designed to teach the target demographic art and music appreciation by integrating famous or culturally significant art works (usually, but not exclusively, paintings) and classical music (most typically from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods) into the scenery, plot and soundtrack of each episode. The show is also designed to encourage viewer interaction (such as patting their knees, gesturing or singing along to help the characters succeed on their "mission"); at the end of the mission, Leo says Mission Completion! and the Little Einsteins then do the Curtain Call. At the end of the Curtain Call, Leo says, See you on the next mission!, then the curtains close and in season 2 a That's Silly segment is shown.
The series was based on the direct-to-video film of the same name, subtitled "Our Huge Adventure".
Like other Baby Einstein productions, the production company pays a royalty to Corbis, which acts on behalf of the estate of physicist Albert Einstein, for the use of the Einstein name ("Einstein" being a licensed trademark of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Despite the usage of Einstein's name, there is no discussion of anything physics-related in the series.
- Annie (voiced by Natalia Wojcik)
- Leo (voiced by Jesse Schwartz)
- June (voiced by Erica Huang)
- Quincy (voiced by Aiden Pompey)
|DVD Releases||Included episodes||Release date|
|Little Einsteins: Our Huge Adventure||Our
||August 23, 2005|
|Team Up for Adventure||"How We Became the Little Einsteins: The True Story", "I Love To Conduct", "Rocket Safari"||April 25, 2006|
|Mission Celebration!||"The Birthday Machine", "Go West, Young Train", "The Birthday Balloons"||August 22, 2006|
|Legend of The Golden Pyramid||"The Legend of the Golden Pyramid", "Dragon Kite", "Annie and the Little Toy Plane"||February 27, 2007|
|Rocket's Firebird Rescue||"Rocket's Firebird Rescue", "Rocket Soup"||August 21, 2007|
|Race for Space||"Great Sky Race Rematch", "Super Fast", "The Treasure Behind the Little Red Door"||February 19, 2008|
|Flight of the Instrument Fairies||"Glass Slipper Ball", "The Puppet Princess", "Little Red Rockethood", "Flight of the Instrument Fairies"||August 5, 2008|
|Christmas Wish||"Christmas Wish", "The Wind-up Toy Prince", "Show & Tell", "The Northern Night-Light"||October 14, 2008|
|Go to Europe (US release)||"Hello, Cello", "Silly Sock Saves The Circus", "Go Team"||August 31, 2009|
|Oh Yes, it's Springtime (UK release, with American voices)||"Farmer Annie", "O Yes, O Yes, it's Springtime", "Annie and the Beanstalk"||September 1, 2009|
|Fire Truck Rocket's Blastoff (US release)||"Fire Truck Rocket", "Melody the Music Pet", "Carmine' Big Race", "Mr. Penguin's Ice Cream Adventure"||September 8, 2009|
|Go to Africa (US release)||"He Speaks Music", "Animal Snack Time", "The Puzzle of the Sphinx"||November 11, 2009|
|Go to America (US release)||"Melody and Me", "A Tall Totem Tale", "Knock on Wood",||November 11, 2009|
|Animal Expedition||"Whale Tale", "Duck, June, Duck", "Jump for Joey", "Little Elephants Big Parade"||February 9, 2010|
|The Incredible Shrinking Adventure||"The Incredible Shrink Adventure", "Quincy and the Instrument Dinosaurs", "Rocket the Bug", "The Sleeping Bassoon"||June 18, 2013|
In the UK, the Little Einsteins are voiced by these actors and actresses: Poppy Lee Friar (June), Piers Stubbs (Leo), Kirsty Hickey (Annie), and Mitchell Zhangazha (Quincy). In the UK version many American names are changed to British ones for example changing 'Candy Canes' to 'Sweetie Sticks'. Also "Yeah" is changed to "Yes" and 'Mission Completion' is changed to 'Mission Completed'.
Early preview version
On several of the Baby Einstein series of DVDs, a preview of Little Einstein (singular) appears in the form of a quick snippet before the main content and a 30-second commercial at the end. Screenshots (see External Links) show the early versions of the characters and Rocket.
In popular culture
- An Ad Council PSA featured the Little Einsteins.