Super Why? (partially found stop-motion Nick Jr. pilot of PBS Kids CGI series; 1999)

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Super Why Pilot Logo.png

The pilot's logo.

Status: Partially Found

Super Why! is an animated television show about a kid who jumps into books. The show's pilot was in production by Blue's Clues creator Angela Santomero and Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto, Canada between early-mid 1999. The show would return to production between 2004 and 2005 to be pitched to PBS Kids, and had its first television airing on 2007, while the pilot was unreleased created with a working title, Super Why?.[1]

No footage of the pilot has surfaced anywhere, however.

On February 19th, 2021, the sound used for the intro was found by Stephen Laurent and Scramble Fan 2021. However, the audio is apparently higher-pitched, and the beginning and end of the music are cut off.

A high-quality version of the intro's theme song can be found on Nick Balaban's website, the composer of the theme song.

Description

Annecy Festival

"6 cm tall Superwhy lives in a children's library. When he needs answers to his questions, he jumps into the right storybook. Characters like "The Three Little Pigs" and "Red Riding Hood" answer his questions and teach him how to solve problems.[2]

Cuppa Coffee

"Who do you call when you need to know why? Superwhy, of course! This award winning pre-school pilot encourages critical thinking and reinforces reading skills in young viewers. Stop-motion and cutout animation bring this curious little tyke, his kangaroo friend and all of his favourite storybooks to life."[3]

Cuppa Coffee (Variant 1)

"Who do you call when you need to know why? Superwhy of course! Cuppa recently produced this pilot episode for Nickelodeon. The show encourages kids to read, and reinforces reading skills. We used stop motion animation as well as cut-out to bring this curious little tyke to life."[4]

Cuppa Coffee (Variant 2)

"A pilot for Nick Jr, Superwhy was centred around a superhero whose ability is to question why - AND find out! Superwhy takes place in the book of the three little pigs and the animations in the book come to life. The action gets kids to look into books to find out, well...why!?!"[5]

BAMKids Film Festival

Tiny Super Why doesn't take up much space in the children's library where he lives. When he needs answers to problems, he effortlessly hops into storybooks to find solutions.[6]

ChicagoReader.com

In Adam Shaheen's Super Why? an imp interacts with illustrations from a book of The Three Little Pigs, inviting the viewer into its world.[7]

Lyrics (Unused Intro)

  • "Tell me why."
  • "Why Why (Why, Why)"
  • "Tell me Super Why."
  • "Tell me why? (Why, Why)"
  • "From his wee home in the library, Willy. (also known as Wee Willy)"
  • "Asks the burning question why?"
  • "This powerful need to know transforms him into Super Why!"
  • "Tell me why."
  • "Why Why (Why, Why)"
  • "Tell me Super Why."
  • "Tell me why? (Why, Why)"

Gallery

Images

Video

The pilot's intro audio.
LSuperSonicQ's video on the subject.

See Also

Other Nick Jr. Pilots

External Links

Reference