|Also known as||The Space Racers|
|Created by||Richard Schweiger and Julian Cohen|
|Developed by||Allan Neuwirth and Mark Risley|
|Written by||Allan Neuwirth, David H. Steinberg, Kate Boutilier, David Steven Cohen, Gabe Pulliam, Louise Gikow, Sam Dransfield, Davey Moore, Donna Logan, Phil Lollar, George Arthur Bloom, Angelo DeCesare, Ann Aptaker, Jim Kierstead, Richard Fegen, Andy Yerkes, P. Kevin Strader, Michael Daedalus Kenny, Chad Burke, Julian Cohen|
|Directed by||Mark Risley|
|Theme music composer||Jody Gray|
|Opening theme||Jody Gray, Allan Neuwirth, David Cohen|
|Country of origin||
|No. of episodes||45|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Matays, Charles Matays, Matthias Schmitt|
|Producer(s)||Space Race LLC, Mark Risley, Allan Neuwirth|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||February 15, 2014 – 2017(broadcast debut) May 2, 2014 (US debut)|
Space Racers is an American CGI animated television series featuring the cadets of the Stardust Space Academy. It was first broadcast in 2014. The show focuses on science and technology components as part of an early childhood STEM curriculum, with input from NASA on science and space technology within the series.
Space Racers is an educational animated television series aimed at children 3–6 years old. The main characters—Eagle, Hawk, Robyn, Starling and Raven—are cadets at the Stardust Space Academy, and each episode they discover a series of space-based scientific discoveries. The cadets spend each episode traveling through outer space.
The series concept was developed by Richard Schweiger, who wanted to create a show based around animated vehicles that traveled through space. Schweiger and Julian Cohen developed the idea into a feature-film script in 2009, which won a screenwriting award. In 2010 he formed the company that would produce Space Racers, and instead of pursuing a film, they decided to turn the concept into a television series. The idea developed into fifty individual 11 minute episodes for broadcast. The series is distributed by Maryland Public Television and American Public Television. Cake Television is the distributor for the show internationally.
Season one of Space Racers consisted of 26 half-hour episodes, first airing in 2014. The show's head writer was Allan Neuwirth, its director was Mark Risley, and its executive producers were Brenda Wooding as well as show creator Richard Schweiger. Episodes would contain two eleven-minute animated segments, offset by live-action sections between them. The US premiere of the show was on May 2, 2014. The show was also in international syndication, including broadcastings on France 5 and the show's world broadcast debut on February 15, 2014 in New Zealand.
- "Where are We?/Starling DSV Curriculum Focus" (May 2, 2014)
- "Total Eclipse/Fly Like an Eagle" (May 9, 2014)
- "Star Signs/Vulture’s Volcano" (May 16, 2014)
- "Mars Canyon Race/Election" (May 23, 2014)
- "Ace Space Reporter/Above and Beyond" (May 30, 2014)
- "Eyes on the Prize/Mine, Mine, Mine!" (June 6, 2014)
- "Asteroids, Platinum Edition/Lunar Base Blackout" (June 13, 2014)
- "Cranberry Crater/Dodo in Distress" (June 20, 2014)
- "Sick Day/Good Old Coot" (June 27, 2014)
- "Robyn’s Winter Break/Three’s a Crowd" (July 4, 2014)
- "Mars Map Mystery/Sweet Spot" (July 11, 2014)
- "Careering Off Course/Drifting" (July 18, 2014)
- "Hawk’s Day/Satellite Starling" (July 25, 2014)
- "Fearless Flyers/Hawk’s Valentine" (August 1, 2014)
- "Space Racer Storm Chaser/Nice Work if You Can Get It" (August 8, 2014)
- "A Simple Re-Quest/Hiding on Hyperion" (August 15, 2014)
- "RoboCoach XL-5/Trail Blazers" (August 22, 2014)
- "Dome Grown/Dance Lessons" (August 29, 2014)
- "Grounded/Here Comes the Sun" (September 5, 2014)
- "Starling: Space Racer!/Titanic Trip" (September 12, 2014)
- "Starling Discoveries the Moon/Three Racers and a Baby Robot" (September 19, 2014)
- "A Tight Squeeze/AVA Retires" (September 26, 2014)
- "Vulture’s Statue/Follow the Water" (October 3, 2014)
- "Watch This Space/The Hawk Factor" (October 10, 2014)
- "Hawk’s On It/Ace Space Reporter" (October 17, 2014)
- "Communication Breakdown/Total Eclipse" (October 24, 2014)
- Yuri Lowenthal as Eagle
- Meyer DeLeeuw as Hawk
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Raven
- Phil Lollar as Dodo, Crane
- Alicyn Packard as Robyn
- Melissa Hutchison as AVA, Starling
- Joey D'Auria as Vulture, Coot
- Danny Katiana as Pigeon, Trogon, Loon
- Katie Leigh as Sojourner, Sandpiper, Crow
- Allan Charles Neuwirth as Fizzy Finchfuzz, Giotto Probe
The Space Racers TV series was produced in collaboration with NASA experts, with input from NASA experts on science-based facts incorporated into the episodes. The show also features NASA scientists and astronauts in live action interstitials. The Space Racers creators have also developed a website where viewers can find a preschool science curriculum on space science, which was developed in collaboration THIRTEEN productions (WNET) and SiiTE. SpaceRacers.org has a section for family-based education as well for educators and parents. Special screenings of episodes have been held at both the Kennedy Space Center and the Wallops NASA Visitor Center, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television. In July 2014, the Virginia Air and Space Center opened a Space Racers-themed exhibit.
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- Jennifer Wolfe (March 31, 2014). "CAKE's 'Space Racers' Lands on France 5". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- "Special viewing of preschool television program, Space Racers". Kennedy Space Center. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- Multiple Industry Awards Presented, Nearly 100 Titles Screened: American Public Television’s Fall Marketplace 2014, American Public Television, Nov 19, 2014
- Parents' Choice Award Winners: Television, Parents' Choice Award, Jan 22, 2015