Thursday, February 9, 2012
WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series for children aged 6–12, produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids. The show began as a series of shorts that premiered on PBS Kids GO! on November 10, 2006, usually shown at the end of Maya & Miguel; the segment was then spun off into a new thirty-minute episodic series that premiered on September 3, 2007 on most Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations. This animated show is aimed at children six-to-ten years old, but viewers have been targeted as older than this demographic, and is designed to teach about the expansive English language and its vocabulary. This is also the second (The first was Liberty's Kids) PBS Kids program to have a TV-Y7 rating. The first two seasons each have twenty-six episodes; on June 10, 2009 it was announced that a third season was ordered, and it began airing on many PBS stations August 23, 2010, consisting of an additional thirteen episodes per season. The show has been renewed for three additional seasons in August 2010.
The show is also seen on some educational networks in Canada, including Knowledge in British Columbia and TVOntario. The program is also syndicated internationally in places such as Australia and Italy, and also airs on Discovery Kids Latin America. The Spanish version is called "Chica Supersabia" (Super-wise girl) and it is translated and dubbed in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Brazilian version is called "Garota Supersábia". There's a Catalan version called "La Súper Mots" and a Portuguese version called "Super Sabina". The show, however, has not been well-received in Latin America, where many parents have stated that the show is too violent and inappropriate for Discovery Kids' preschool audience.