Ants in Your Pants

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Ants in Your Pants
Ants in Your Pants - Title Card.jpeg
GenreChildren's
Music video
Created byKathilee Porter
Developed byTreehouse TV
Written byKathilee Porter, Bryan Levy Young, Kim Sparks, Rachel Bartels
Creative director(s)Kathilee Porter
Presented byShelley Hamilton
Corey Michaels
Douglas John
Voices ofMarty Stelnick
Jason Hopley
Ben Deustch
Colin Penman
Theme music composerDouglas John
Opening theme"Ants in Your Pants Theme Song"
Ending theme"Ants in Your Pants Theme Song (Instrumental)"
Composer(s)Douglas John
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes107
Production
Executive producer(s)Susan Ross
Producer(s)Kathilee Porter
Production location(s)Toronto, Ontario
CinematographyShawn Kelly, Andrew Baxter
Editor(s)Marc Dupont
Running time27 minutes
Production company(s)YTV Productions
Release
Original networkTreehouse TV
Picture format4:3
Original releaseNovember 1, 1997 (1997-11-01) – 2004 (2004)

Ants in Your Pants is a Canadian children's music video television program made and aired by Treehouse TV that aired from November 1, 1997 to 2004. The series was created and produced by Kathilee Porter.

Plot[edit]

The show's intro consists mostly of CGI animations with the "Ants In Your Pants" theme, written by children's music artist Douglas John.

The host, a puppet monkey in corduroy overalls, named Lickety Split, then takes over. He lives in a tree with his mother (who is not seen, only heard or mentioned). He usually explains what he has been doing lately. A music video is shown. Usually, there are three music videos, separated by Lickety segments. After the last music video is played, an image of scattered leaves is shown before the next Lickety segment.

In the second segment, the Pesky Ants, named Janesaw, Woodchip and Dusty, are introduced. They frequently cause trouble for Lickety, but can also be helpful and kind on rare occasions.

In the third season, "Kiddin' Around" and "Stretch and Wiggle" are presented. "Kiddin' Around" features a CGI video camera showing kids doing fun activities or singing songs. "Stretch and Wiggle" (hosted by Shelley Hamilton and Corey Michaels, and sometimes Douglas John) shows exercises. The last segment before the end of the show is titled "Lickety's Tree Fort" and features a guest star. Guest stars include Bob McGrath, Al Simmons, Jack Grunsky and Jackie Richardson.

Cast[edit]

  • Marty Stelnick as Lickety Split
  • Jason Hopley, Ben Deustch, Colin Penman as Janesaw, Woodchip, and Dusty

Soundtrack[edit]

Ants In Your Pants - Volume 1
Soundtrack album by
Released1998
GenreChildren's music
LabelZepLenz
ProducerDouglas John
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Ants In Your Pants"Douglas John2:51
2."Ug A Bug"Douglas John2:27
3."Ooey Gooey"Dutch Robinson2:58
4."The Wiggle"Douglas John2:08
5."Barnyard Symfunny"The Barnyard Orchestra2:06
6."Inky Dinky Spider"Leigh Powell2:38
7."Let's Talk Turkey"Douglas John2:17
8."Baa Lu"The Barnyard Orchestra3:35
9."Aram Sam Sam"Dutch Robinson2:29
10."Do Your Socks Get Soggy?"Douglas John & MacHeel3:31
11."Woogie Boogie"Jude Johnson2:39
12."If I Were Not A Little Kid"Martha Johnson3:36
13."Tomato Hat"Justin Hines2:45

Popularity[edit]

Ants in Your Pants was an entirely new concept in children's television.[according to whom?] Although many children's programs (both then and now) were very musically based, this was the first known to feature music videos. As a result, the show became popular with Canadian children and was widely praised by adults.[citation needed] Its soundtrack was a Juno nominee in 2000 for Best Children's Album.[citation needed] A number of music videos from the program began appearing on YouTube in 2007, with the highest-viewed including "Tomato Hat" by a young Justin Hines and "Do Your Socks Get Soggy" by Douglas John,[1] which each had more than 100,000 views as of January 2017. Other highly viewed videos include the Joe Scruggs songs "This Little Piggy",[2] and "Bahamas Pajamas".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Do Your Socks Get Soggy?. YouTube.
  2. ^ This Little Piggy. YouTube.
  3. ^ Bahamas Pajamas. YouTube.

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