Weston Woods Studios

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Weston Woods Studios
Publishing Company
Industry Film
Founded 1953
Founder Morton Schindel
Headquarters Weston, Connecticut, USA
Key people
Richard Robinson (CEO)
Parent Scholastic Corporation

Weston Woods Studios (or simply Weston Woods) is a production company that makes audio and short films based on well-known books for children. It was founded in 1953 by Morton Schindel in Weston, Connecticut, and named after the wooded area near his home. The company's first project was Andy and the Lion in 1954, and its first animated film was The Snowy Day in 1963. Starting in 1968, Weston Woods began a long collaboration with animator Gene Deitch and opened international offices in Henley-on-Thames, England, UK, in 1972; Canada in 1975; and Australia in 1977. In addition to making the films, the company also conducted interviews with the writers, illustrators, and makers of the films. The films appeared on children's television programs such as Captain Kangaroo and Eureeka's Castle.[1] In the mid-1980s, the films were released on VHS under the Children's Circle titles, and Wood Knapp Video distributed these releases from 1988 to 1995.

Beginning in 1968, the company also made filmstrips and audio recordings synchronized to them, which became known as the Picture Book Parade. Many of these recordings were narrated by actor Owen Jordan and were different recordings from the films.

In 1996, the company was acquired by Scholastic Corporation.[2] In 2012, the New Video Group gave home entertainment rights to the Scholastic franchise.

Productions[edit]

  • 2015 - That Is NOT A Good Idea!
  • 2015 - Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
  • 2014 - The Duckling Gets A Cookie!?
  • 2013 - Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
  • 2011 - Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
  • 2011 - Children Make Terrible Pets!
  • 2010 - The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog
  • 2010 - Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
  • 2009 - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
  • 2007 - Knuffle Bunny
  • 2007 - Dooby Dooby Moo
  • 2007 - Leonardo the Terrible Monster
  • 2005 - Bear Snores On
  • 2004 - Duck for President
  • 2004 - Over in the Meadow
  • 2004 - The Wheels on the Bus
  • 2003 - Dem Bones
  • 2002 - There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
  • 2001 - Trashy Town
  • 2000 - Antarctic Antics
  • 1999 - Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!
  • 1999 - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • 1998 - Chrysanthemum
  • 1997 - Harry the Dirty Dog
  • 1995 - Owen
  • 1988 - Joey Runs Away
  • 1988 - The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
  • 1984 - Corduroy
  • 1980 -Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman
  • 1976 - I Can't Stop!
  • 1972 - Changes Changes
  • 1972 - The Three Robbers
  • 1971 - The Foolish Frog
  • 1971 - A Picture for Harold's Room
  • 1970 - Rosie's Walk
  • 1963 - The Snowy Day
  • 1955 - Make Way for Ducklings
  • 1955 - The Story about Ping
  • 1954 - Andy and the Lion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hand-to-hand Comedy" (7 September 1990). Retrieved on 25 October 2008
  2. ^ "Scholastic—About Us", Retrieved on 25 October 2008

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