Science Court

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Science Court
Genre animation/nontraditional court show
Created by Tom Snyder
Developed by Tom Snyder
Written by Bill Braudis
David Dockterman
Tom Snyder
Directed by Loren Bouchard
Tom Snyder
Voices of Bill Braudis
Paula Plum
H. Jon Benjamin
Paula Poundstone
Fred Stoller
Dee Bradley Baker
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 29
Production
Executive producer(s) Bonnie Burns
Tom Snyder
Niki Herbert
(coordinating producer)
Producer(s) Loren Bouchard
Tom Snyder
Editor(s) Loren Bouchard
(audio editor)
Justin Montanino
(assistant editor)
Cinematography Ivan Rhudick
(post-production director)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Burns & Burns Productions
Tom Snyder Productions
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)  – January 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)

Science Court (retitled Squigglevision in 1998[1]), 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.[2]

Overview[edit]

“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.”[3] 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.[4] Science Court utilized Squigglevision as its style of animation.

Characters[edit]

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.

Educational use[edit]

Tom Snyder Productions has released twelve of the episodes into a series of educational CD-ROMs with accompanying workbooks and experiment kits for schools.[5] 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.[4]

Episodes[edit]

No = Overall episode number
Ep = Episode number within the season

Season 1: 1997[edit]

No Ep Title Original air date
1 1 "Data & Inquiry" 1997
2 2 "Electric Current" 1997
3 3 "Fossils" 1997
4 4 "Gravity" 1997
5 5 "Inertia" 1997
6 6 "Living Things" 1997
7 7 "Particles in Motion" 1997
8 8 "Seasons" 1997
9 9 "Soil" 1997
10 10 "Sound" 1997
11 11 "Water Cycle" 1997
12 12 "Work & Simple Machines" 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (September 13, 1998). "'Science Court' changes into 'Squigglevision' to charm the kids". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri, USA: Kevin Mowbray). ISSN 1930-9600. OCLC 1764810. Retrieved August 2, 2012. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Ronald; Ackerman (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.  |first2= missing |last2= in Authors list (help)(subscription required)
  3. ^ "(unknown)". HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 2011-04-11. Retrieved March 21, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 

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