Ask the StoryBots
|Ask the StoryBots|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Production company(s)||JibJab Bros. Studios|
|Original release||August 12, 2016 – present|
|Followed by||StoryBots Super Songs|
Ask the StoryBots is an American animated children's television series based on the characters from the StoryBots educational apps and videos. It was created and produced by JibJab Bros. Studios and premiered exclusively on Netflix on August 12, 2016.
The StoryBots are curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens. In each episode, the intrepid quintet of Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo of Team 341B go on an adventure to the human world to help answer kids’ biggest questions, like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why do I need to brush my teeth?” They deliver their answer at the end of each episode in the form of a musical video.
- Judy Greer as Beep
- Erin Fitzgerald as Bo
- Fred Tatasciore as Bang
- Jeff Gill as Bing
- Gregg Spiridellis as Boop
- Evan Spiridellis as Hap
- Jay Leno as King Yardstick the Ruler
- Kevin Smith as Super Mega Awesome Ultra Guy
- Whoopi Goldberg as The Tooth Fairy
- Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates as The Molecules
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as the Spud Spa Yogi
- Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell as The Reindeer
- "How Does Night Happen?"
- "How Do Airplanes Fly?"
- "Why Do I Have To Brush My Teeth?"
- "Why Is The Sky Blue?"
- "Where Do French Fries Come From?"
- "Where Does Rain Come From?"
Ask the StoryBots received positive reviews, with critics specifically citing its educational quality and its entertainment value for both children and adults. Common Sense Media wrote that “[It’s] both educational and entertaining in every scene yet is visually appealing as well as humorous enough to make both children and parents laugh out loud... While the premise of the show is to answer a child's question, the antics that the characters get themselves into are very funny, and each episode always has an educational twist without being obvious... [T]he magazine format of the show allows for things such as music videos, letter rhyming, songs, and field trips to different places."
The Domestic Geek called the show "a really fun and great way for your the family to learn and laugh together," while Chico News & Review wrote that "parents and children alike will want to binge on Netflix’s new edutainment series, Ask the StoryBots... The StoryBots dive deep into the natural world, research well-rounded answers and report back through contemporary music, humor and repetition."
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Annie Awards||February 4, 2017||Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children||Ask the StoryBots - Episode: Why Do I Have to Brush My Teeth?||Pending|
The show's first season soundtrack, Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 (Music from the Original Series), was released to digital vendors in September 2016 and is currently available for download and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, ITunes and Amazon.com.
A companion series, StoryBots Super Songs, premiered on October 7, 2016, also on Netflix.
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