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Western Animation: Super Why!
Hip hip hooray! The Super Readers saved the day!

Super Why! is an educational 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 Fairy Tale characters who turn into superheroes known as the "Super Readers", who can literally enter into books to help solve problems. They are:The show is also interactive in that the viewer is also assumed to part of the group, as the unseen Super You, "with the Power to Help!" whom the other heroes address directly.

The show is produced by the same people who made Blues Clues, and can be seen in PBS networks.

The series is 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 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 "super letters" that Super Why collects in his "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, 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 Doctor Dolittle. The stories are usually changed to make them simpler and safer for a very young audience.

Another curiosity is that while the Super Readers are 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, 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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