They're kind of like Muppets, but without the hand inside 'em. (L-R: May, Gerald, Gabriela, Sid)
Sid the Science Kid is a CGI children's show produced by The Jim Henson Company. The show follows young Sid and his friends, May, Gerald, and Gabriela, along with their teacher, Teacher Susie. Sid is a budding scientist who regularly asks why things happen, what causes what, and also sings songs about it.The show debuted in September, 2008.
This show provides examples of:
A Boy and His X: When Sid's grandmother gets a dog, Sid begins to wonder if they can talk.
All-CGI Cartoon: Using the Henson Company's proprietary digital puppetry system.
The Movie: Released on TV in 2013, Sid the Science Kid: The Movie followed Sid and Gabriela as they toured a theme park-like science museum as their prize for winning a science fair contest. The movie also featured robot tour guides (one of whom malfunctions, leading to mildly dire consequences and numerous problem-solving opportunities) and Christopher Lloyd as an eccentric inventor.
Muppet: Technically, this is a Muppet production. (The phrase "Muppet" was sold to Disney before the series began.) The performers are voice actors in motion capture suits.
Shout-Out: In "Sid's Amazing Lungs," when Gerald pretends to a baby, he looks directly at the camera and says "I'm a baby, gotta love me" with the same tone and style as Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs was an early 90s ABC comedy done in part by Jim Henson Productions, and this also counts as a Parental Bonus, since most of today's children would be entirely unfamiliar with the series.
Strictly Formula: Sid proposes a hypothesis, has breakfast, and asks his mom or dad about his hypothesis. Then, Sid goes off to school. After that, he interviews his friends before school starts. Rug Time is where Sid tells his friends and teacher about his question before they run off to get their science notebooks and the actual learning takes place. During the Super Fab Lab, they conduct an experiment based on the question posed at the beginning. Next is playtime, where they either play Pretend (in which Gabriela is usually the mom), Good Laughternoon (a joke segment), or just having fun around on the playground. Finally, Teacher Susie sings an often catchy song about the topic and Sid goes home. At the end of the episode, Sid tells us his Super-Duper-Ooper-Schmooper Big Idea! and he's off to bed, ready to do it all again the next day.
Almost every episode (except for specials) is part of a week-long unit related to a topic. Each Friday, Sid's class has a science lab session outside, and everyone reviews what they learned.