Ask the StoryBots


Ask the StoryBots is an American animated children’s television series based on the StoryBots educational apps and videos. It was created and produced by JibJab Bros. Studios and premiered exclusively on Netflix on August 12, 2016. [1]

The series was nominated for an Annie Awards for Best Animated TV Production for Preschool Children, was a finalist for a Peabody Award [2] and was nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards , including outstanding preschool children’s animated program. [3] It won the 2017 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Media – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series. [4]

Plot

The StoryBots are curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens. In each episode, the intrepid quintet of Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo of Team 341B Why do I get the biggest questions, like “Why is the sky blue? Need to Brush My Teeth? “They deliver their answers at the end of each episode in the form of a musical video. [5]

Cast

Main cast

  • Judy Greer as Beep
  • Erin Fitzgerald as Bo
  • Fred Tatasciore as Bang
  • Jeff Gill as Bing
  • Gregg Spiridellis as Boop
  • Evan Spiridellis as Hap

Guest appearances

  • Jay Leno as King Yardstick the Ruler
  • Kevin Smith as Super Mega Awesome Ultra Guy
  • Whoopi Goldberg as The Tooth Fairy
  • Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates as The Molecules
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic as the Spud Spa Yogi
  • Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell as The Reindeer

Episodes

Ask the StoryBots made its first-season debut with six half-hour episodes: [6]

  • “How Does Night Happen?”
  • “How Do Airplanes Fly?”
  • “Why Do I Have To Brush My Teeth?”
  • “Why Is The Sky Blue?”
  • “Where Do French Fries Come From?”
  • “Where Does Rain Come From?”

Reception

Ask the StoryBots received positive reviews, with critics specifically citing its educational quality and its entertainment value for both children and adults. [7] Common Sense Media wrote that “[It’s] both educational and entertaining in every scene yet is visually appealing as well as humorous enough to make both children and parents laugh out loud. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , And field trips to different places. ” [8]

The Domestic Geek called the show “a really fun and great way for your family to learn and laugh together,” [9] while Chico News & Review wrote that “parents and children alike will want to binge on Netflix’s new edutainment series, Ask The StoryBots … The StoryBots dive deep into the natural world, research well-rounded answers and report back through contemporary music, humor and repetition. ” [10]

Accolades

Award Category Recipient (s) result
Annie Awards Best Animated Television / Broadcast Production For Preschool Children Ask the StoryBots Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program Evan Spiridellis, Gregg Spiridellis, Meridith Stokes, Megan McShane, Monica Mitchell Nominated
Outstanding Interactive Media – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series Evan Spiridellis, Gregg Spiridellis, Mauro Gatti, Daniel Haack, Meridith Stokes, Rubens Cantuni, Nina Neulight, Romney Caswell, Jeff Gill, Jacob Streilein, Nikolas Ilic, Rohit Mohan, Bradley Roush Won
Outstanding Directing in a Preschool Animated Program Evan Spiridellis, Jacob Streilein, Ian Worrel Nominated
Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design Ian Worrel, Taylor Clutter, Jeff Gill, Nikki Ilic, Kendall Nelson, Taylor Price, Evan Spiridellis, Jacob Streilein, Nate Theis, Eddie West Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Preschool Animated Program Leonardo Nasca, Jared Nugent, Jeffrey Shiffman Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Preschool Animated Program Jeffrey Shiffman, David Carfagno, Brad Meyer, Nicholas J. Ainsworth, Elliot Herman Nominated
Peabody Award Children’s Programming Ask the StoryBots Nominated

Music

The show’s first season soundtrack, Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 (Music from the Original Series) , was released to digital vendors in September 2016 and is currently available for download and streaming on Spotify , Apple Music , ITunes and Amazon.com . [11]

Sequel

A companion series, StoryBots Super Songs , premiered on October 7, 2016, also on Netflix.

References

  1. Jump up^ Barrett, Brian. “Parents, Rejoice! Here Are Netflix’s Kid-Friendly August Additions” . Wired . Retrieved 2 August 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ “Announcing 76th Annual Peabody Awards Finalists” . Retrieved 2017-04-14 .
  3. Jump up^ “THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS FOR THE 44th ANNUAL DAYTIME Emmy® Awards | The Emmy Awards – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences” . Emmyonline.com . Retrieved 2017-03-22 .
  4. Jump up^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2017-04-29). “Amazon & Netflix Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners – Full List” . Deadline . Retrieved 2017-04-30 .
  5. Jump up^ “Netflix Announces ‘Ask the Storybots,’ An Original Series from Jibjab” . 2016-08-05 . Retrieved 2016-08-12 .
  6. Jump up^ ” ‘ StoryBots’ Premiere on Netflix August 12″ . 2016-08-08 . Retrieved 2016-08-12 .
  7. Jump up^ “They’re Back! All-New StoryBots TV Series Premieres Today”. StoryBots Blog . 2016-10-07 . Retrieved 2016-10-18 .
  8. Jump up^ “Ask the Storybots – TV Review” . Retrieved 2016-10-18 .
  9. Jump up^ “Ask the Story Bots: Entertaining for kids … and twenty-somethings – The Domestic Geek Blog” . The Domestic Geek Blog . 2016-09-09 . Retrieved 2016-10-18 .
  10. Jump up^ “Netflix / JibJab – Ask the StoryBots – In the Mix – Special – Arts & Culture – September 22, 2016” . Chico News & Review . Retrieved 2016-10-18 .
  11. Jump up^ “Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 Soundtrack Now Available!” . StoryBots Blog . 2016-09-09 . Retrieved 2016-10-18 .

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