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''Hip hip hooray! The Super Readers saved the day!''

'''Super Why!''' is an [[EdutainmentShow educational]] [[AnimatedShow animated children's show]] aimed at very young children (young enough to still be practicing their abcs). Despite this, it features a few clever concepts, such as starring FairyTale characters who turn into [[KidHero superheroes]] known as the "Super Readers", who can literally [[TrappedInTVLand enter into books]] to help solve problems. They are:
* Littlest Pig, of ''The Three Little Pigs'', who transforms into '''Alpha Pig''', [[{{Catchphrase}} "with Alphabet Power!"]]
* Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, who turns into '''Wonder Red''', [[{{Catchphrase}} "with Word Power!"]]
* Princess Pea, daughter of the Princess from "Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea" (and who happens to be [[TwoferTokenMinority dark skinned]]) who turns into '''Princess Presto''', [[{{Catchphrase}} "with Spelling Power!"]]
* Wyatt, younger brother of Jack from ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'', who transforms into '''Super Why!''' [[{{Catchphrase}} "with the Power to Read!"]]
The show is also interactive in that ''the viewer'' is also assumed to part of the group, as the unseen '''Super You''', [[{{Catchphrase}} "with the Power to Help!"]] whom the other heroes [[NoFourthWall address directly]].

The show is produced by the same people who made WesternAnimation/BluesClues, and can be seen in Creator/{{PBS}} networks.

The series is [[StrictlyFormula highly formulaic]], following the same pattern in virtually every episode: One of the main characters has a problem (the kind of problem little kids have- like not being able to play the game he or she wanted) and the group sets out to find a solution to it by [[TransformationSequence changing into their heroic selves]] and entering a book. There they try to help the story's characters with their problems, eventually changing the story (by replacing words in the text) to give it a different ending. In the process, they find special [[PlotCoupon "super letters"]] that Super Why collects in his [[MagicalComputer "super duper computer"]] which eventually spell out a word that is the solution to the original problem. After that too is resolved, the Super Readers, now back in their normal forms, [[VictoryPose dance a little victory dance]] to the show's tune, and the episode ends.

It should be noted that not all the books the kids enter are the typical fairy tales most children know; some are from other countries (such as the Japanese fairy tale of ''Momotaro, the Peach Boy''), others are folk tales instead (such as ''Juan Bobo and the Pig'', a Puerto Rican folk tale) and some are modern books such as ''Literature/DoctorDolittle''. The stories are usually changed to make them [[{{bowdlerise}} simpler and safer]] for a very young audience.

Another curiosity is that while the Super Readers are [[AllCGICartoon animated in 3D]], the storybook characters are all two-dimensional, resembling the type of pictures you see in such books. As you can imagine, since so many scenes are the same from episode to episode, [[StockFootage a lot of the animation is recycled]].

Super Why! is a fun way for kids to learn reading and writing, though older audiences might find it repetitive after a while.

A wiki is currently in works, which can be found here: http://superwhybettersite.wikia.com/wiki/Super_Why!_Wiki

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!!Other tropes in the show:
* AlphabetSoupCans
* AnAesop: Every episode has one, though sometimes it is different from the one the traditional tale told. For example, in the Ugly Duckling episode, the problem was that the duckling couldn't swim, but should keep trying!
* AnatomyAnomaly: The blue-skinned witch from the "Literature/HanselAndGretel" story has a nose that looks awfully like an elephant's trunk.
* ArtShift: When entering the books. Note that the Super Readers remain 3D characters while everybody else is flat.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Pinocchio uses this as an excuse for continuing to lie before Whyatt zaps a word into his story.
* CaptainErsatz: Pig's brothers' clothes are ''clearly'' based on [[SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi.]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: several, the ones above are just examples.
* CoolPlane: The "Why-fliers"- every hero has got one, except Woofster who becomes a passenger for Super Why's.
* DerailedFairyTale: Doing this is the whole point of the missions.
* DeadpanSnarker: In one episode, the characters go into [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Red's story]]. When they meet the Big Bad Wolf both times, although her tone doesn't reveal it, Red's expression as she delivers her well-known lines to the wolf just screams this.
* {{Disneyfication}}: All the {{Fairy Tale}}s with ''any'' potentially disturbing content are made much LighterAndSofter, oftentimes well into PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad territory. For instance, in the "HanselAndGretel" episode, the kids eat the witch's roof, the witch says "how dare you eat my roof!", the heroes help H&G say sorry, and the witch accepts the apology and gives them house-shaped cookies. The end!
* ADogNamedDog: Woofster is merely called "Puppy" when outside of the books.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The heroes' "Book Club" headquarters.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* FingerlessGloves: Wonder Red.
* FiveManBand: The Super Readers solidified the trope by adding Woofster in season 2.
** TheHero: Super Why
** TheChick: Princess Presto
** TheLancer: Wonder Red
** TheBigGuy: Alpha Pig
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TeamPet Pet]]: Woofster. He's a [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]] and also considered a [[SixthRanger full member]] of the team with his Dictionary Power.
* FiveTokenBand: A borderline example. Red is white, Whyatt is [[AmbiguouslyBrown (maybe)]] Hispanic, Princess Pea is [[ButNotTooBlack of mixed race]], Pig is, well, [[FunnyAnimal a pig]], and You has a tiny head.
* ForegoneConclusion: Of course the Super Readers will solve all the problems! [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]], however, in that sometimes they guess wrong, and Super You must make the correct choices for them.
* FracturedFairyTale: The tales often are changed to be LighterAndSofter.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Pig
* GirlishPigtails: Red wears her hair like this. They get longer when she turns into Wonder Red.
* HyperspaceWardrobe: The super readers transform by spinning to work around having to show how super-deformed people dress and undress.
* IntrepidFictioneer: What the whole show is about.
* LeotardOfPower: Wonder Red
* LittleRedFightingHood: Red.
* OperaGloves: Princess Presto
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: See above under {{Disneyfication}}, but the champion here may be "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" episode. The title character is afraid to play with the kids on the island ''because she has a tail.'' This serves to make an {{Anvilicious}} point in the frame story about "being different."
* PinocchioNose: An episode takes place in Geppetto's workshop in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio''.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Alpha Pig, Wonder Red, Princess Presto and Super Why ''always'' help in every episode, and in that exact order too. "Super You" also helps each and every one of them.
* PunchClockVillain: The antagonists in the storybooks will point out that the only reason they're being evil is because the book says that's what they're supposed to do.
* RealityWarper: In the books they enter, Super Why's pen can zap words into a story.
* ScoobyStack: In the ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' episode, the team does this around a door when they first enter the giant's castle.
* ShortDistancePhoneCall: Occurs quite often as Whyatt uses his Super Duper Computer to call the other team members, even if they're all in the same area.
* ShowWithinAShow: There seem to be ''two'' fairy tale worlds ([[IntrepidFictioneer Or rather, two]] ''[[IntrepidFictioneer layers]]'' [[IntrepidFictioneer of fairy tale worlds]]), the one the characters share and the one in the books they enter.
* SuperDeformed: The art style is super stuck this way.
* TakeYourTime: Despite resolving real life problems, the characters have to leave for the clubhouse, travel through the book, insert the letters they found on the computer, then go back to where they need to before they can solve the problem. No one else seems to notice the length of their absence.
* TheUnseen: Super You.
** Subverted. [[spoiler:Turn off the TV and stare into it.]]
*** Double subverted. [[spoiler:Antiglare screen with a matte finish.]]
* TokenNonHuman: Alpha Pig, until Woofster joins the team.
** No longer the case starting in Season 2 as a super puppy named Woofster joins the team.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Wonder Red and Princess Presto.
* TooDumbToLive: Snow White in the version of the fairy tale the Super Readers enter. Even her friends are telling her repeatedly not to trust the ObviouslyEvil Queen. But she always does.
* TyopOnTheCover: As the super readers enter the story of Pinocchio, Pinocchio's name is misspelled on one of the pages.
* TransformationSequence
* TwoGirlsToATeam: One of the few examples with an even split between the two genders. (With the addition of Woofster who is a boy puppy, the gender scale is tipped.)
* TeamHandStack: The team does this when going off to solve the problem, with Super You (the viewer) invited to put out a hand too.
* UnderwearOfPower: Super Why
* VocalEvolution: Wonder Red's voice gets a bit more mature throughout the series.
** Also, Alpha Pig's voice gets deeper in the second season.
* YouthfulFreckles: Red has these.
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