I’m not a parent, so this isn’t a program that I’d have noticed, but I know a lot of you reading this do have kids, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t, at least, call your attention to it.
Not as much fanfare, it seems, for Amazon’s new series – compared to the excitement that typically surrounds those released by Netflix. Unless I’m just not paying attention. But, you may or may not have heard that, last month, Amazon Studios announced its first pilot season of 2015, with all available on Amazon Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany.
In total, 7 new drama, comedy and docu-series pilots premiered, as well as 4 animated kids pilots. I previously highlighted the adult dramas with casts that include actors of African descent (like Romany Malco co-starring in what is described as a dark comedy drama titled “Mad Dogs;” Lucien Laviscount and Adrienne Warren in a Civil War-set drama “Point of Honor;” and Toks Olagundoye in a half-hour comedy titled “Salem Rogers”); But I neglected to do the same for the animated kids pilots.
This one specifically: “Sara Solves It,” which Amazon says is for preschool-aged children.
This animated musical produced by WGBH and Out of the Blue Enterprises titled “Sara Solves It,” which follows 9-year-old whiz kid Sara and her younger brother Sam as they work together in order to solve mysteries in their apartment building, at school and beyond, using creative problem solving! Each mystery is an interactive, problem, steeped in musical goodness.
In the pilot episode, which, again, is now available to watch, viewers use math and music in a creative way as they help Sara and Sam solve the “cheesiest pizza mystery!”
The 15-minute per episode series comes from Carol Greenwald (“Arthur,” “Martha Speaks,” “Curious George”), and Angela C. Santomero (“Super Why,” “Blue’s Clues”) with animation production handled by DHX (“Inspector Gadget”).
I can’t claim to know what parents are allowing their kids to watch these days (in my youth, TV was a luxury. My parents wouldn’t allow us to watch more than a few hours a week. There were days when the TV wouldn’t be turned on at all! We tended to watch movies more than television). But in a world in which there’s so much competition for your child’s attention, and very little, it seems, like “Sara Solves It,” featuring black whiz kids, I can only assume that, if I was a parent, this is a series I’d be, at least, curious to take a look at, and determine if it’s something that would be appropriate, and even educational for my child. And if it is, I might want to let Amazon know, so that it can be ordered to full series. The way it works is that audiences are invited to watch each pilot, and then provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series. The more positive feedback a pilot gets, the more likely Amazon is to produce a full series of it.
All pilots are available via the Amazon Instant Video app on Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and certain smart TVs. Or you can also watch directly on Amazon’s website.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at “Sara Solves It.”