|Genre||animation/nontraditional court show|
|Created by||Tom Snyder|
|Developed by||Tom Snyder|
|Written by||Bill Braudis
|Directed by||Loren Bouchard
|Voices of||Bill Braudis
H. Jon Benjamin
Dee Bradley Baker
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||29|
|Executive producer(s)||Bonnie Burns
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Burns & Burns Productions
Tom Snyder Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original run||September 13, 1997– January 22, 2000|
Science Court (retitled Squigglevision in 1998), is an edutainment, animation/nontraditional court show from Tom Snyder Productions, which was aired on ABC's One Saturday Morning block from 1997 to 2000. The cartoon was 'filmed' in Squigglevision.
“The half-hour program mixed courtroom drama, science experiments, and humor to teach fundamental concepts in elementary and middle school science such as the water cycle, work, matter, gravity, flight, and energy. As each case unfolded, the characters in the trial used humor to highlight scientific misconceptions and model good scientific practice.” In a typical episode, a lawsuit or criminal action would take place based around some scientific point. Humor and musical numbers were used to break down scientific concepts. Science Court earned top television awards for Tom Snyder. Science Court utilized Squigglevision as its style of animation.
The primary characters of Science Court were the trial lawyers, Alison Krempel and Doug Savage. Alison Krempel, voiced by Paula Plum, was modest, intelligent and kind. Her logical and articulate arguments always lead to the explanations of the scientific points. Doug Savage, voiced by Bill Braudis, was ignorant, arrogant and unscrupulous.
Both Doug and Allison called on a variety of expert witnesses to prove their case. Doug, often to his detriment, called upon child academics Dr. Julie Bean and Dr. Henry Fullerghast to testify. Their scientific testimony disproved Doug’s case. Professor Nick Parsons, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin served as an expert for Alison Krempel. He used science to successfully refute Doug Savage's ludicrous and ill-informed claims. Often Micaela and Tim, Miss Kremple's assistant, helped to break down scientific concepts. Comedians Paula Poundstone and Fred Stoller rounded out the cast playing Judge Stone and court stenographer Fred respectively.
- Paula Plum as Alison Krempel
- Bill Braudis as Doug Savage
- H. Jon Benjamin as Prof. Nick Parsons
- Paula Poundstone as Judge Stone
- Fred Stoller as Stenographer Fred
Tom Snyder Productions has released twelve of the episodes into a series of educational CD-ROMs with accompanying workbooks and experiment kits for schools. On December 2, 2004, Snyder, founder and former CEO of Tom Snyder Productions, was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame to honor his extraordinary contribution to educational publishing.
|No = Overall episode number
Ep = Episode number within the season
Season 1: 1997
|No||Ep||Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"Data & Inquiry"||1997|
|7||7||"Particles in Motion"||1997|
|12||12||"Work & Simple Machines"||1997|
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- Rosenberg, Ronald (May 7, 1997). "Television Software creator hopes science series catches on". The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Christopher M. Mayer). p. D.4. ISSN 0743-1791. OCLC 66652431. Retrieved August 2, 2012.(subscription required)
- "(unknown)". HighBeam Research. Retrieved March 21, 2009.[dead link]
- Hodin, Debbie (December 3, 2004). "Tom Snyder Inducted into Hall of Fame" (Press release). Tom Snyder Productions. Archived from the original on October 25, 2005. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- De Nike, Kristina (October 1, 2001). "Science Court: Gravity". Macworld (San Francisco, California, USA: David Bunnell). ISSN 0741-8647. OCLC 607262846. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Science Court at the Internet Movie Database
- Science Court at TV.com
- Science Court educational products from Tom Snyder Productions