Let's start with the actors--adults pretending very badly to be children. The fake kid voices are excruciating. Gabriella's precious, put-on stammering, for example makes me want to rip that red-topped piece of cartoon foam rubber to bits. The sashaying teacher thing has the smug, I-don't-want-to-sound-too-American lilt of the PC-addled liberal. I'm sure the actress believes she's being loving, graceful, sophisticated and full of spirit. What she actually is is an ode to presumptuous pretense. Gerald, the white kid in this carefully racially calibrated political screed, sounds like a sort of screeching monster. Why would you make a child sound like that?
Of course in the carefully disguised hate speech that is this show, Gerald is subtly denigrated at every turn, from his slightly uglier face (disguised in the general ugliness of the cartoon foam rubber shapes, but the aesthetic decision-making is discernible nevertheless), to his horrible rasping voice, to his ever inferior ideas, for example when the writers select Gerald to be kid whose parents have told him that women can't be scientists (seems someone forgot where feminism happened). Did we need this message? The writers of this show reveal their low minds in thinking so.
More on the poor quality of thought in the writing: Apparently someone had a plan to have a show "celebrating science", and the writers thought they had to make the kids literally celebrate it. Like "food let's do a dance and celebrate!" This is some seriously flat-footed screen play, and thinking. What is the science they are able to come up with? Sid doing interviews and getting wrong answers from kids. We're very careful not to be judgmental about those wrong answers. Then later Smug Sashay Thing coos out the right answer and does another dance. Everyone's opinion matters! And we dance a lot. And science is just stuff people say, not the actual process of discovery by real scientists.
And then there's the idea of computer modeled puppets - yes, deliberately making a cartoon look like a puppet. This was understandable, and quite successful, when the developers of the pre-PC (in every sense) Muppets presumably looked for a way to give more freedom to their characters. The Muppets had an established look, built from reality. The Sid assembly, however, was conceived from scratch. Animators who could have created absolutely anything they wanted, deliberately sat down and modeled these characters as bulky, clumsy, pieces of styrofoam whose mouths, in order to make speech sounds, have to contort themselves into horrible shapes. What's worse is that these concoctions also manage to convey a desire to look human - fail!, and we're proud of it. Understanding the kind of thinking that went into that decision - to present failure as a foundation - might make a fascinating study.
Sid the Science Kid is a smug piece of foolishness involving horrifyingly ugly characters, stupid ideas and discrete racism. Protect your kids from it.
YOUR KIDDING ME WITH THIS, NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS MAKES DORA THE EXPLORER LOOK LIKE THE EARLY DAYS OF SPONGEBOB, NO JOKE!!!!!! THIS HORRIBLE PIECE OF CRAP IS PATHETIC!!!!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, FOR THE LIFE OF YOURSELF, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!! DO NOT WATCH OR SHOW YOUR KID THIS PATHETIC PIECE OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 0/10 STARS, HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!
This show is disgusting. The "jokes" are nowhere near funny (one of them is a character shouting "POOP!" when the teacher talks about the process of food. WHY) and like another user said (I don't know if it was on another site or this one?) there is more singing and dancing then there is actual science. The voices are irritating as well. And to those people that say that adults shouldn't be judging shows for preschoolers, if you were annoyed by this disgusting and irritating show, WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE IT ON 24/7?! NO! IT'S BEST THAT YOUR KIDS NEVER FIND OUT ABOUT THIS SHOW UNLESS YOU WANT TO TURN INTO TO A MAD PSYCHO. NO PEACE AT ALL OUT!
PBS Kids Sid the Science Kid is suppose to be teaching children about science does it really matter that the characters don't match up to an adult vision of how they should be acting. In my opinion we need more hands on learning in our schools and more families need to learn to enjoy having fun with our kids no matter how foolish it may look. It's about making memories with our kids than it is trying to impress others. I don;t mind dancing around with my kids or even telling stories of when I was young. As for Sid and the others on this show I think they do a great job in teaching our children about the many things about you ought to go to their web page and play their games and do some of activities with your kids you never know you might actually enjoy being a kid again.
Just one thing kills more more than everything else in this show: how those kids speak. The intonation and the words all remind me those of literally slow developing kids. It is more "from the street" type of language, than that of educated and simply well balanced kids.
The moves and jokes are really beyond dumb or ***ed. Really I have no words for that.
The way Grandma and parents and all the other family members dance around for no reason in weird places and situations is completely disturbing and always forms a huge question mark of perplexity in my mind. This show should not be shown on TV. Whoever likes it should buy their own 100 copies and enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
My husband and son love this. My son watches it every night before bed. Sid always goes to bed at the end of each show, which makes a great transition. The show keeps science simple and teaches it in a child-like way. Almost ALL of the experiments (hands on learning) are things you can do at home. I think the animation leaves a little to be desired, but given the age group it's targeting and that it's only in it's 2nd season, I think it's good. We bought some Sid DVDs and even a few of the books. I even enjoy it... although, I do wish PBS would stop showing the same few shows during re-run season.
My son that will be 2 in March LOVES this show! He will not watch anything else, but Sid! It is a cartoon and is a great for children. I think it helps children learn and grow and become excited to go to school. I read some of the other reviews and I still LOVE this cartoon for my child and if this is what he wants to watch I think it is a lot better than many others out there. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! If you haven't ever let your child watch it I suggest it highly!
This show is awesome, and anyone letting the children watch this program shall have some very educated children, My neice and nephew loves this show, when we turn it on they began to clap and scream yaay. They have learned so much from this program .
We purchased every video we could find on Sid and the gang. I read the other reviews and they are wrong about this show, This show is meant for children not for adults,so your opinion about the she does NOT matter, If you don't like it don't watch it and keep your opinions to yourself because those of us that do enjoy Sid don't want to hear it. the only issue I have is that the teach so much and they never change clothes and the talk about getting germs. So guys lets change Sid and the gangs clothes.......
Everything from the opening theme to the end in this show is a mess.First of all,this is supposed to be educational but it really doesn't have much educational value.Plus its pretty strange,what I remember from school as a 4 year old nobody sang and danced terribly upon entry on the school,plus why are there only 4 students?That makes no sense.The voice actors are weak at their job and can't accomplish simple tasks,THE KIDS DON'T SOUND LIKE KIDS.Plus in the segment during school where they are making jokes and laughing...its just sad,the jokes aren't funny,probably not even to children.The puns don't make sense and its just petty.
I'll take something from a recent episode and use it for an example on how this show isn't educational at all.There is an episode about how fruits and veggies decay over time and get rotten,Sid says its time to throw away a rotten banana,the grandma says when she was young she used the rotten fruits as food still and just ate them...Do you really want your kids to eat rotten fruit?A real educational show would've said to use it for compost.
All the characters seem a bit...unbalanced.Sid dances and sings all the time about corny subjects,the students are stupid as hell,especially Gerald who always talks like he's stressed out and says,and I quote "Check out my moves!I'm a rockstar!" after flailing his arms,I wouldn't wanna come up against any of the characters of this show in a dark alley...or anywhere for that matter.
The pepople writing this have a problem the show looks lik they were cheap they thinnk the animation was good WELL ITS NOT! Lets go to the problem step by step The show gives a sence of the charaters being weak
Idea I was suprised by the idea using science to solve problems
Animation- Overuse of bright colors an extemely bright red color!!!! and a bright and disgusting yellow-orange color are way to over used. The characters movements were weak.
Voice-Weak they all hae this weird tone ehh! ehh!
Sessions-Well horrible there is a joke session that does not make sence the jokes are not funny!!Who were there ment for?They put this in for a time filler There is also a Whats the big idea part Strange I thought they got that from Pinky Dinky Doo.Also there is a experimental session that is the only session with live action.Why cant we see Sid exparimenting the animation is so discusting someone did want us seeing it.
I really don't know what was going on at Jim Henderson Company when this show was being created, but they certainly weren't thinking straight at all. Sid the Science Kid is about a 6 year old named Sid and his use of scientific skills to understand the world around him, and with his friends they learn something new everyday. Now for a Jim Henderson show this sounds decent enough, but they really executed it badly. The characters are all highly annoying, and unlikable in every sense of those words. Sid is always singing and dancing horribly. Sid's parents and grandma are very weird, and are borderline mentally insane, and act just as bad as Sid. Sid's friends are a little less annoying, but are still bad. May is the most tolerable character on this show since she barely seems to speak, and acts normal. Gabriela is supposed to be funny, but each joke she tells is awful even for kids. Gerald though is by far the worst friend. He's a complete airhead and whenever it's Rug Time he tries to do these skits, but they are nothing more than time filler. Susie is the teacher and was OK as well, but she did get annoying from time to time. Also the kids keep calling her Susie instead of Mrs. Susie. I learned that you should always address a teacher by Mr. or Mrs. never call them by their name. Also for a show claiming to be about science most of the show is filled with dancing and singing. I am not kidding every 2-5 minutes a new song or dance comes out of nowhere. Is this a science show or a musical show? As for the science it's barely in an episode. So much of the show has singing and dancing it really outweighs the science part, and what science you learn is just too basic even for kids and doesn't really challenge their minds. Also why is there only 4 kids in this preschool? Last time I checked playschools had like 10-15 kids in them. This preschool also has too much science going on. It's only preschool and they are already talking more about science than anything else, and I am sure that 5 year old kids aren't that interested into science. Science should be learned in elementary school not in a playschool. The show is done in CGI, and it looks bad. The animation is very stiff and choppy, the colors are way too bright for kids, and everyone's skin is a different color like purple, yellow, and orange. Did a nuclear fallout occur or something? How can the same company that had the Muppets, Sesame Street, and so many more create a show like this? I don't know, but hopefully the Jim Henderson Company will cancel this show soon. Sid the Science Kid is a show that should be avoided at all costs, and never looked back.
I really think this show is crazy and annoying and does not teach kids anything.
It is crazy how they act all yellling way too many songs in this show and also what if a kid actually told their teacher to sing? Its like only Science and Fun! No Math no Reading no Phonics no English no Social Studies!! How could kids learn this stuff they need to know by 1st grade! Yeah they would learn Science but by watching this show they would not learn these other subjects unless they watch some others shows which teaches them a mix of everything!!! Sid the Science kid could be better....
I saw this show a couple times with my daughter and Sid, who's supposed to be a science boy talks and asks people questions like he's a toddler. Is Sid a retard or what? I almost thought this would be a show similar to Bill Nye the science guy. At least he made educating about science fun and humorous. And the jokes that Sid tells people are dumber than a door-knob and are not funny at all. And on top of that, it teaches kids things they usually learn before they get into preschool. And the song he sings at the beginning of the show, Double barf! Makes me wish Simon Cowell was on the show to criticise Sid's singing
OK, this is one of the most dumbest shows in my life. Seriously PBS Kids, back in the day the only bad show you had was Dragon Tales. I mean we had Arthur and ZOOM, but now they have Its a Big Big World and Comfy Couch.
Dialogue 1/10 - One of the worst Dialogues in History! Its so dumb, it really needs a fix.
Animation 1/10 - I usually like 3D animations, but this is pure s***! Its to colorful! OMG i just hate it!
Humor 1/10 - The Humor is Terrible! It does not try to be funny! The Jokes are so awful that not even little children age 3-7 will understand! The Humor is nothing compared to The Chappele Show!
Overall 1/10 - This is one of the most awful shows I have ever seen! Its really dumb. Avoid it at all costs!
Of getting a good show,this one is terrible.While changing the channel,I saw this show.What kind of show would have stupid jokes that are not even funny?I mean,listen to this one:"What did the rope say to trolley?Nothing,ropes can't talk.I can't believe that someone would tell a joke like that.There should be a joke becausee that one not funny.Jim Henson did not do a good show.He was not so better than The Muppet Show.The next time I see this show,it will be more stupider than the first episode that I saw.This show that I score is a F show on PBS Kids.
Lately, I went channel surfing and found this show. I think the bright graphics must have caught my eye, so I watched some of it. It was BAD. I mean really bad. It was weird and stupid. (Maybe I should not go channel surfing near PBS kids again.) Preschoolers dancing around?! That's NOT science. That's STUPID. I also saw one review that said that, uhhhhhhh..... hang on...., oh yeah, it said that somebody in the show said that when she was a kid, she ate ROTTEN FRUIT. Do you really want your children to eat ROTTEN FRUIT?! Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh! Anyway, the scores are:
Humor: 0.0/10 Not funny AT ALL!
Dialogue: 0.2/10 Oops, someone barfed on the scripts...
Sound: 2.0/10 Don't remember, but I don't want to see the show again to hear it.
Graphics: 3.6/10 Bright. Too bright...
Bottom Line: If you are a parent, don't let your kids watch it. Baby show failure, sorry; scratch that out, complete failure. Looks like my work is done here, so stay tuned for my next review.
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