In 2004, Cookie Jar Entertainment hired me to develop a music and dance show for preschoolers. Kids’ CBC had expressed some interest in Michael Hirsh & Carl Lenox’s concept for a band in which each character represents a different instrument. I liked the idea but was concerned that parents might find it a bit soft. I suggested we treat the band as glam rockers who live in psychedelic rehearsal space and everything seemed to flow from there. We spent some time developing the concept and assembling a terrific production team, then presented our ideas to CBC in the hopes of getting some development money. Lightning must have struck because we walked out of that meeting with a 26-episode order. Over the next three years we produced 65 half-hour episodes.
- Showrunning Producer
- Director (39 episodes plus all the concert footage)
- Writer (3 episodes)
The show continues to tour with a new cast and Koba Entertainment as the production team. They have played all over the world as an opening act for Strawberry Shortcake. Upcoming tour dates can be seen here: doodlebops.com/live.html
TOY LINE & MEDIA
About half way through our run, Mattel signed on to produce a toy line. What an incredible experience watching our quirky little children’s show take on a life of its own! When our album and DVD came out we had a month-long run of being the #1 seller on Amazon.ca!
EPISODE ONE ON YOUTUBE
Someone seems to have posted our very first episode on YouTube. We shot it in an old movie theater that had been converted into a television studio called Pie In The Sky. There wasn’t enough room to build all our sets at once, so we block shot the whole series, shooting all the scenes we needed for each set at once. Then we’d take a week off, tear down the old set and build the next, then go back and shoot all the scenes for that. We didn’t have enough money to shoot a real concert in our first season, so the concert scene at the end is just another set in the same studio. I shot the audience insert shots at a live show Kids’ CBC happened to be hosting in Winnipeg one weekend.