May
03
2013
by: Alexandra C | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Kids

O the Owl is a precocious preschooler with an endless supply of information. He is always on the lookout for something “nifty galifty” to learn! This week, we’re bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at the talented voice actor who brings this character to life. Meet Stuart Ralston! Stuart

 

Hoo Hoo, hello, Stuart! How old are you and where are you from?

Hi there! I am 10 years old and I live in Toronto, Ontario..That’s in Canada!

 

How are you similar to O the Owl?

I relate to O the Owl because I happen to love everything about owls. Way back when I heard about the part I was auditioning for, I thought that was such a coincidence! I think they are such beautiful creatures and very interesting to learn about. Also, I love reading books. I read a lot and read quite fast. That’s another similar thing about me and O. I enjoy learning about new things.

O the Owl

If O the Owl could do anything or go anywhere in the next episode, what would you want it to be?

If O the Owl could go anywhere in the next episode I would make him go to the forest. Maybe a hike with all his friends for them to appreciate the nature all around them. And to learn about sticking together so they don’t get lost.

 

What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book series that I have read would be either “Guardians of Ga’hoole” (all about OWLS!!) or the series “Warriors”. “Warriors” is about cats, just so you know – another animal of many that I really like a lot.

When you’re not in the studio recording, what’s your favorite activity?

When I’m not in the studio recording, I like to down hill ski with my friends and family at our little family ski club north of Toronto. I enjoy ice skating outdoors down by the lakeshore, swimming, taking piano lessons, horseback riding lessons, track and field events like 100m/ the relay and long jump, and the talent show at my junior school.

I like going out to interesting restaurants with my Mom, Dad and brother. I’m crazy about good food!!! I eat everything (but cheese and the yolk of an egg). I also I love to travel…anywhere!  My family has gone to many different interesting places for work and vacations. Oh, and recently I have just begun to write my first novel. I have always wanted to do that.O the Owl Sml

Stuart Ralston got his start in acting after appearing in an episode of Life with Derek at the tender age of three, playing the son of his real life father.  Since that time he’s become involved in school performances, voiced commercials and most recently animation.

Another little fact about Stuart is that he is currently planning a trip to Mountsberg Raptor Conservation Centre this summer where he’ll learn to care for birds of prey.  It’s not surprising that Stuart is thrilled to be cast as Owl in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  All this for a 9 year old.  Not bad!

May
01
2013
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Blue's Clues, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Super Why!

I met with The818′s Morgan Shanahan via Skype the other day to discuss my new creative arts program, Creative Galaxy, math based program, Sara Solves it, (Amazon Studios), the preschool tv biz, Fred Rogers and much more.

With our never ending to-do lists, it’s fun (and necessary) to sit and talk about why we do what we do.

See Morgan Shanahan‘s complete postBlue’s Clues Creator Angela Santomero Launches Two Shows Via Amazon” at BlogHer & don’t forget to visit Morgan at the the818.com

Apr
30
2013
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Kids, Parenting

iTunes - Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Apple has picked Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood as it’s Show of the Week!

 

Download your free Daniel Tiger episode at iTunes this week.

And you thought it was going to be just an average Tuesday, in your neighborhood, didn’t you?!

iTunes

Apr
25
2013
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Kids, My Projects

Creative Galaxy

In the Creative Galaxy (a galaxy made up of different art inspired planets) lives a creative preschool alien, Arty, with his mom, dad, baby sister and his shape shifting side kick, Epiphany. Arty explores the Creative Galaxy, soaring to the Museum Planet and the Painting Planet (and many more arts based planets in future episodes) to “fix situations with art!”.

 

In this pilot episode, Arty’s mom, an architect, built a library but no one will stay and read.Creative Galaxy

Why?

The library is..well..blah. Arty has an idea that will save the day!

He will fix the library with art!

Will he do it?

Will the aliens stay to read?

You will have to watch to find out!

Oh, and wait until you hear the theme song – - don’t say I didn’t warn you when it gets stuck in your head!

Out Of the Blue

 

Out of the Blue Enterprises works with the best in the business to create something new and different:  Samantha Freeman, Traci Paige Johnson, Dr. Alice Wilder, Becky Friedman, Wendy Harris, Rachel Kalban & animation from 9 Story Entertainment. With this team, we believe, we have the building blocks for kids to soar.

 

NOTE:  Creative Galaxy is a work in process – it is presently a colored story board of sketches that tells the story with voice overs, music & minimal art (And, yes, I know how funny that is, since this is an ART show!)  

*Created by Worldsfair on Zazzle.com

 

Please check out Creative Galaxy & Sara Solves It at Amazon Studios. If you feel that your kids would benefit from either (or dare I say, both), please leave your feedback by next week. YOUR online support will determine which shows get picked up for series! 

Thank you

Angela

Apr
23
2013
by: Greg | Filed under Dad's Clues, Kids, Parenting

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Our daughter crawled into our bed last night with uncontrollable tears. Damn math!

After years of practice, I’m pretty good at the pillow wedge (strategically placing a rolled up pillow between me & one of my kids to absorb an involuntary thrust of an elbow or a foot as we lay quietly asleep) but I thought those days were long gone.

I guess with Angela’s birthday approaching this week, my 9 year old was thinking about what her life will be like when she’s her Mom’s age. Since that will be her age now + X amount of years, it naturally got her thinking about Angela & myself at our present age + X

You see where she’s going with this, right?

I’m telling you, tears..uncontrollable.

 

Especially as a Dad..a guy. We’ve got to fix the problem..most everything can be fixed..should be.

But while verbally stumbling in an awkward attempt to find the right thing to say, I took a cue from my wife.

Sometimes there’s nothing that can be said to fix, you can only hold onto them so they know they’re loved.