Where On Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
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Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, the Emmy Award-winning animated series, educates kids of all ages in the subjects of history, geography and fun through its action-packed adventurous tales of Carmen Sandiego and the ACME Detective Agency sleuths Zack and Ivy!
Presented in an expansive 3-DVD collector set, the show features the voice talent of Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe-winning actress Rita Moreno.
Welcome to the first season of the Emmy-winning computer game-turned-animated series. Meet Carmen Sandiego (Rita Moreno), who swipes a cultural artifact or two in each episode. Dressed in red from fedora to heels, she's a vision out of a Technicolor thriller. On her trail, but always one step behind, are Ivy (Jennifer Hale, Justice League) and kid brother Zack (Scott Menville, Mission Hill) from the ACME Detective Agency. As the Lady in Red drops clues, the wisecracking Chief (Rodger Bumpass, SpongeBob SquarePants), a holographic image, helps the duo to decipher them (shades of 1980s phenomenon Max Headroom). In the pilot ("The Stolen Smile"), Carmen steals the eyes from a Van Gogh self-portrait. Why would she do such a thing? To solve the mystery, the globe-trotting teens travel to Holland, Egypt, and France. Along the way, they call on their knowledge of geography, art history, and zoology. Throughout these 13 episodes, including the two-part finale ("A Date With Carmen"), Ivy and Zack follow the master thief to India ("Dinosaur Delirium"), Russia ("By a Whisker"), China ("Rules of the Game"), and countless other countries. To track her down, the detectives also bone up on archeology, astronomy, biology, music, literature--and that's just to start. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? ran on Fox for three seasons and the Fox Family Channel for its fourth (to add to the confusion, there was also a PBS game show). The fast-paced program combines hand-drawn cel animation--in a style that lies somewhere between Jonny Quest and Scooby-Doo--with stock photography, newsreel footage, and computer graphics. Every installment is book-ended by a live action sequence featuring "Player" (a stand-in for the viewer), who trades quips with Carmen via email. Portentous theme song aside, the end result is educational fun for the entire family. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Storyboard-to-Screen: The Stolen Smile
- Opening title sequences from around the world (in 8 different languages)
- Original art galleries
- Episode trivia
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The animation is exceptional--I always loved that opening sequence. :) You may want to watch out as there are some facts that don't resonate with what is being taught about the world today, such as when the kids are talking about how people in Old England talked like characters in Shakespeare's plays. But for the most part everything is still incredibly informative, and even I learned some things that I didn't know before.
The character development at this point is still beginning, since it is after all only the 1st season, and admittedly the episodes so far are pretty much formulaic. I think this can only be expected, however, since the series creators are crunching education and action along with the storyline into less than 30 minutes. I wiki'd the series and apparently the story does get more intriguing bit by bit as each season progresses.
Which is a nice segue into this question: What happened to the next season on dvd???!! This season came out in 2006 and here we are 3 years later and still no season 2!! What is going on people? I'm serious, if they release season 2, I will buy it without a second's thought. This show is just that good. So really, if the people behind the production of these dvds ever read the reviews, send out the other seasons so all of us CS fans can give you our money!!
In conclusion: I wish they had shows as good as this on tv nowadays. :( But that's why I want all of CS out on dvd!
If only the biggest reason possible for watching any video: It is both entertaining and educational. Now when I say educational, I don't just mean there is a few things you can learn. I mean there is lots you WILL learn. Although primarily geared at a younger audiance (which means this is perfect for elementary school classrooms!), there is still much I at my age (early 20's) still will learn from this. After watching the whole series once through recently, I knew I would have to watch it at least twice more to learn most of everything it was offering. As well, it is 'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?', so obviously you will learn about things from all over the globe.
Of course, if it were just educational, it would be only classroom appropriate and wouldn't have lasted four seasons. The series does have a good action pace, with well placed humour and deffinite kids appeal. There's even a bit of mystery (through Carmen Sandiego's character -of course). It is a very well rounded show.
Now, the only thing I need to know is... Where in time are the next three seasons coming out on DVD?
Moondreams- Carmen's dream of landing on the moon inspires her to try and make it come true.
Split Up - zack creates a computer,the zack attack 20,000 which he believes will capture carmen. However, when carmen escapes with one treasures zack had the computer protect, Ivy decides that she doesn't want to put her faith in it. the siblings go their own seprate ways on this case,until Ivy is captured by carmen.
I love this carmen sandiego video....... order it any you will love it...........
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