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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛˛''Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum'' is a Creator/PBSKids animated series based on the children's book series ''Ordinary People Change the World'' by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. This new multiplatform series will introduce kids ages 4-7 to inspiring historical figures – from Rosa Parks to Leonardo da Vinci – who will help them learn important social-emotional concepts. It premiered on November 11, 2019.˛˛The series follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina and their friend Brad. In each episode, they face a problem and turn to the Secret Museum, a hidden room under an ordinary museum, to help them solve it. The museum allows Xavier, Yadina and Brad to travel back in time to meet real-life historical figures when they were kids. They witness pivotal moments that shaped each of these iconic people and learn social-emotional lessons – such as being resilient in the face of adversity and making and accomplishing goals. Each episode is designed to help viewers make the connection between the attributes that made each historical figure a hero, and those same attributes within themselves, while approaching history in an engaging, age-appropriate manner. Each episode of the show will include two animated 11-minute stories with accompanying interstitial content.˛˛˛Produced at [[Creator/NineStoryMediaGroup Brown Bag Films]]' Toronto studio, executive producers on the series are Vince Commisso, Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos, Fonda Snyder and Rob Weisbach. The series is directed by Cory Bobiak (''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat''), with Meghan Read (''WesternAnimation/{{Dot}}'', ''Series/DinoDan'') in the role of executive story editor. The look of the show is based on Christopher Eliopoulos’ illustrations featured in the ''Ordinary People Change the World'' series. ˛˛˛!!This show provides examples of:˛* {{Adorkable}}: Brad seems to be this based on the preview trailers. He is really shy, nervous, and loves comics and butterflies.˛* AerithAndBob: Xavier and Brad are normal names; Yadina, not so much.˛* AllForNothing: In "I Am Johann Sebastian Bach", the kids travel miles by foot to see a concert that Bach really wanted to go to, but only see a snippet of it before Bach runs off to work on his song. Yadina points out how dumb this idea was.˛* AmbiguouslyBi: Yadina has blushed at both Kid!George Washington (male) and Kid!Sally Ride (female). Granted, she's too young to know, but still.˛* AmbiguouslyBrown: Xavier and Yadina have brown skin, but their ethnicity is unknown.˛* AnAesop: Every episode has a lesson supplied by the historical figure featured in it.˛* AnimatedAdaptation: Of the ''Ordinary People Change the World'' books.˛* ArtisticLicenseHistory:˛** Although the show does its best to be historically accurate, there are some parts that were clearly made up, like Florence Nightingale having a pet mouse, Harry Houdini idolizing a tightrope walker named Fearless Jean, etc.˛** Because the story segments don't have enough time for it, the show does not get into the issue of pseudonyms and married names vs. birth names. Therefore, the child Mark Twain is shown as going by the name "Mark Twain" even though he was still using his given name "Samuel Clemens" at that age; and the child Abigail Adams is addressed as "Abigail Adams" even though she was "Abigail Smith" until she got married.˛* AuthorAvatar: Brad is based off of Brad Meltzer.˛* AwesomeMcCoolName: Xavier Riddle is definitely an awesome name in its own right.˛* {{Ballet}}: "I Am Anna Pavlova" is all about ballet, and in the opening sequence, the kids don tutus and ballet slippers and try to be graceful when dancing.˛* BalletEpisode: "I Am Anna Pavlova", which is all about a ballet dancer.˛* BaseballEpisode: ˛** "I Am Jackie Robinson", which is all about a baseball player.˛** Also, "I Am Lou Gehrig."˛* BeardedBaby: Despite the historical heroes being kids when the trio meets them, some of them have beards like Charles Dickens and Leonardo da Vinci.˛* BigDamnMovie: "I Am Madam President."˛* BizarreTasteInFood: In "I Am Neil Armstrong", Xavier is seen making different sandwiches with weird food combinations.˛* BlackBeadEyes: All these characters have these type of eyes.˛* BlindingBangs: Tyler from "I Am Marie Owens" has his eyes covered by his hair.˛* BoyishShortHair: Marie Owens has very short hair, and isn't all that feminine.˛* BorrowedCatchphrase: In "We Are the Wright Brothers", Brad says Xavier's CatchPhrase -- "To the Secret Museum!"˛* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the opening and closing sequences, the characters talk to the viewer. Luckily, there's no FakeInteractivity.˛* BrotherSisterTeam: Xavier and Yadina.˛* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: The X on Xavier's hoodie stands for Xavier.˛* ButtMonkey: Brad. He always gets dizzy while time traveling, and doesn't want to go back in time yet is always dragged along. Not to mention that in "I Am Susan B. Anthony", Xavier and Yadina wouldn't let him have a say on what should go where in the Secret Museum, and in "I Am Alexander Graham Bell", he loses his voice and Xavier and Yadina do all the talking for him instead of listening to him.˛* TheCameo: ˛** Helen Keller made one in "I Am Alexander Graham Bell", as she is a student in his class.˛** George Washington made one in "I Am Alexander Hamilton."˛* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: The show's title.˛* ChromaticArrangement: Xavier (Red hoodie), Brad (Green unbuttoned jacket), Yadina (Blue shirt).˛* CompanionCube: Yadina has a stuffed turtle named Dr. Zoom, who she loves very much.˛* CrushBlush: In "I Am George Washington", Yadina keeps blushing around Kid!George Washington. Along with the fact that she constantly gushes about how great he is, this hints that she may have a crush on him.˛* ADayInTheLimelight: "I Am Madam President" is driven by Yadina's ambition to become the first female President of the United States. Interestingly, this is also the show's first ExtraLongEpisode.˛* {{Determinator}}: In "I Am Marie Curie", Marie doesn't let sexist rules stop her from following her dream, as she goes to a secret girls' university and starts her own lab to learn more about science.˛* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: In "I Am Madam President", Berby eventually runs out of gas, and when the gang goes to meet Sally Ride, she dies and drifts off into space. Luckily she comes back to life when Yadina saves her]].˛* DreadfulMusician: Xavier at first in "I Am Johann Sebastian Bach", as he plays "Hot Cross Buns" on the recorder off-key.˛* EdutainmentShow: This show teaches about history and social-emotional concepts.˛* {{Expy}}: Brad can be this to Sean Rafferty from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo''.˛* ExtraLongEpisode: "I Am Madam President" is 58 minutes long.˛* FullNameUltimatum: In "I Am Jackie Robinson", Jackie's mom says his full name, Jack Roosevelt Robinson.˛* FourFingeredHands: The characters only have four fingers on their hands.˛* GirlishPigtails: Yadina wears her hair like this.˛* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Yadina has a stuffed turtle named Dr. Zoom, who she loves very much.˛* GrowlingGut: This happened to Yadina twice in "I Am Neil Armstrong".˛* HasTwoMommies: In some episodes like "I Am Eleanor Roosevelt", you can [[ see a kid with two moms in the background]].˛* HeelFaceTurn: Sarah, the racist little girl, undergoes this in "I Am Jackie Robinson", when Jackie (who she was mean to) shows her kindness. This also happens to Brian, the kid who wouldn't let Yadina play on the swings.˛* HiccupHijinks: The episode "I Am Florence Nightingale" has Yadina get hiccups on the day she plans to give a school report on cookies. Everyone then goes back in time to get help from Florence Nightingale. At the end, she then decides to do her report on hiccups, and she's cured.˛* IconicItem: Each one of the historical heroes has an artifact that belonged to them that is featured.˛* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Much like the books, the episode titles from this series start with "I Am" and the name of the historical figure featured in it, save for the ExtraLongEpisode "I Am Madam President" since it features four historical figures.˛* IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam: In "I Am Neil Armstrong", Yadina thinks she won't like a cheese and marmalade sandwich, but when she tries it, she likes it.˛* IncrediblyLamePun: In "I Am Johann Sebastian Bach", Yadina makes a pun based on Bach's name, but Brad and Xavier don't think it's funny.˛* InnocentlyInsensitive: ˛** In "I Am Susan B. Anthony", Xavier and Yadina are so used to tending to the Secret Museum themselves that they unintentionally leave Brad out and don't let him have a say on what should go where.˛** In "I Am Alexander Graham Bell", Xavier and Yadina keep talking for Brad when he loses his voice instead of listening to him.˛* TheLeader: "I Am George Washington" is about this trope. Yadina is picked to lead the Nature Troop, but proves to be a bad leader. The kids turn to the Secret Museum for help, and meet George Washington, who shows Yadina how to be a great leader.˛* LimitedWardrobe: All the characters wear the same clothes most of the time. In fact, in "I Am Lou Gehrig", it's implied that Xavier has more than one of the same type of hoodie.˛* LongTitle: Downplayed. The show's title is longer than average.˛* LuminescentBlush: Characters blush a lot in the show, usually from embarrassment or happiness.˛* {{Meganekko}}: Mary Leakey wears glasses as a child in "I Am Mary Leakey", as does Junko Tabei in "I Am Madam President."˛* MistakesAreNotTheEndOfTheWorld: A key lesson taught in "We Are the Wright Brothers", and briefly in "I Am Anna Pavlova".˛* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In "I Am Susan B. Anthony", Xavier and Yadina have this reaction when they realize they've been unfair to Brad by not letting him have a vote on what should go where in the Secret Museum.˛* NerdGlasses: Brad wears these types of glasses.˛* NiceGirl: Marie Owens stands out in this regard. She doesn't get mad when someone does something wrong and prefers to solve problems in a positive way.˛* NiceHat: ˛** Jackie Robinson wears a blue baseball cap.˛** Eleanor Roosevelt wears a fancy purple hat.˛** Theodore Roosevelt wears a hat, which is also his artifact.˛** Marie Owens wears a cowboy hat.˛* OhCrap: Brad has this reaction every time the kids travel through time.˛* OnceAnEpisode: You can count on these things being a constant:˛** Brad being hesitant to travel back in time.˛** The kids going to the Secret Museum in a weird way, like via a tornado.˛** The kids saying their catchphrases.˛** The time travel sequence, where Yadina makes a meditation pose and Brad spins around.˛* OneSteveLimit: So far, there are 2 Alexanders (Graham Bell and Hamilton), 2 Marys (Shelley and Leakey), 2 Georges (Washington and Washington Carver) and 2 Maries (Curie and Owens).˛* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Sarah from "I Am Jackie Robinson", who is racist until she changes her ways.˛* ThePollyanna: Lou Gehrig. Even when the going gets tough, he focuses on the good stuff, which he teaches Xavier, Yadina, and Brad.˛* PrettyButterflies: Brad utterly adores butterflies for this exact reason. In "I Am Marie Curie", as he tells Marie about how much he loves butterflies, he imagines a flock of butterflies flying around him.˛* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In "I Am Johann Sebastian Bach", a bit of "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" is played.˛* PuppyLove: In "I Am George Washington", Yadina gets a crush on Kid!George Washington. Obviously, both of them are kids.˛* RhymesOnADime: A lot of rhymes are made in "I Am Mark Twain." For example, "We didn't notice the fence got done/We were having too much fun!"˛* RobotBuddy: Berby, who helps the kids time travel, and is shown in between episodes playing with them.˛* RunningGag: Yadina trying to blow her whistle in "I Am George Washington".˛* ScoutOut: Xavier, Yadina, and Brad are part of the Nature Troop, which is seen in a few episodes.˛* SecondarySexualCharacteristics: To make them more recognizable, the child versions of male historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Mark Twain are generally depicted with mustaches and beards similar to those that the actual historical figures had, even though [[ArtisticLicense the child versions are way too young to have facial hair.]]˛* ShoutOut: ˛** In "I Am Johann Sebastian Bach", Xavier practicing his high kick at sunset is a reference to ''Film/TheKarateKid''.˛*** In that same episode, there was a ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' reference when Xavier is running up the stairs.˛** In "I Am Marie Owens", costumes belonging to [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]], [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], [[Literature/WheresWaldo Waldo]], [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Glinda the Good Witch]],[[note]]Or perhaps [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]][[/note]] and [[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Rocko Rama]] can be seen.˛* ShownTheirWork: Aside from a few cases of ArtisticLicenseHistory, the show does have a lot of research and accuracy put into it. For example, Helen Keller and the water pump, the Bronte Sisters' made up world called Glass Town, George Washington Carver's secret garden, Amelia Earhart's homemade roller coaster, Zora Neale Hurston's characters named Miss Corn Shuck and Mr. Sweet Smell, etc.˛* SilentTreatment: In "I Am Lou Gehrig", Yadina gives Dr. Zoom the silent treatment because she's mad at her.˛* StartMyOwn: In "I Am Marie Curie", since the girls of Poland aren't allowed to go to university, they start their own university where they can learn more about science. Brad takes inspiration from this idea and starts a butterfly club for people under 10.˛* StayInTheKitchen: Referenced a few times in the show. In "I Am Marie Curie", Marie isn't allowed to go to university because she's a girl. In "I Am Susan B. Anthony", Susan says that at her time, only men could vote.˛* StrictlyFormula: All the episodes have the same format. One of the characters has a problem, so the gang goes to the Secret Museum for help. Brad always protests against going there, but is made to come along anyways. The kids access the Secret Museum in a certain way (that can differ from episode to episode) such as through a dinosaur mouth or by posing in an Egyptian exhibit, etc. Then, they slide down the pole, in the exact same order: Xavier, Yadina, and Brad.[[note]]Except for "I Am Mark Twain", where Xavier is last.[[/note]] The Secret Museum presents them with an artifact from the person they're going to meet, shows a hologram of the person, and shows the location and year. Berby delivers the kids back in time, where they meet the person. The person helps the focus character solve their problem by delivering the {{Aesop}} of the episode, multiple times, until the focus character gets it. When they get it, the kids decide to go back home, where they solve their problem.˛* SuddenlyVoiced: Helen in "I Am Helen Keller" when she says her dog's name for the first time, Belle.˛* SweetHomeAlabama: In "I Am Helen Keller", the kids travel back in time to Alabama, where Helen Keller is. Everyone there is super polite.˛* TearsOfJoy: Brad cries these tears after Xavier gives an amazing performance at the school talent show in "I Am Johann Sebastian Bach".˛* ThatCloudLooksLike: The kids do this in "I Am Mary Shelley".˛* ThemeTuneCameo: Xavier briefly hums the show's theme tune at one point in "I Am Madam President". ˛* ThreeAmigos: Xavier, Yadina, and Brad.˛* TimeTravel: The show's M.O.˛* TitlePlease: No episode titles are given in the show.˛* TokenWhite: Brad is the only white character of the main cast.˛* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Yadina's is a cheese and jelly sandwich.˛* TutuFancy: In the opening sequence to "I Am Anna Pavlova", Yadina wears a tutu.˛* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Xavier and Brad are boys, and Yadina is a girl.˛* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: The characters get these sort of eyes in extreme emotions like fear, anger, etc. [[ This]] is just one example.


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