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Dread and Bird
Inside the Head
two eyed and one eyed Koozebanians

CityKids was a short-lived Saturday morning show on ABC. It first aired on September 18, 1993. Thirteen episodes were produced. The last show aired on January 29, 1994.

The pilot episode of the show had different puppet characters than the rest of the series. Each puppet resembled its final stage but had clearly been rebuit.

The TV Guide description of the first episode said: "A wacky new batch of Muppets that includes the Dirt Sisters -- two urban teens who spread the latest gossip around town -- and a group of rappin' hot dogs called Frankie Frank and the Footers highlight CityKids. The human CityKids they interact with are an ethnically diverse group of teenagers whose urban misadventures are charted. The first outing celebrates individuality and teaches a lesson in how to deal with a touchy racial situation." The Muppet cast also includes Dread, a Rastafarian philosopher who appeared with his pigeon sidekick, Bird.

The show was a co-production between Jim Henson Productions and the CityKids Foundation, a New York non-profit agency that helps young people use the performing arts to talk about issues impacting their lives. Each episode was written and produced "for kids, with kids," with members of The CityKids Foundation working as performers, creative assistants and production interns. [1]

There was also a segment of the show where we get to see inside the heads of some of the characters. Inside The Head live Libido, Lieutenant and Captain!

At times the show will cut away to segments on Planet Koozebane to highlight the issue being dealt with in the real world. For example, a bunch of one eyed green aliens are chasing and bullying another green alien because he has two eyes.

The show's main theme song was composed by Malik Yoba, who also composed other songs for the series [2] and served as Musical Creative Supervisor for the show. [3]

Contents

Episodes

Episode list and airdates taken from TV.com listing.

  1. Pilot (9/18/93)
  2. Becoming a Man (9/25/93)
  3. Get a Job (10/2/93)
  4. The Curse of Ali Baba (10/9/93)
  5. Bye, Bye Reputation (10/16/93)
  6. The Mural (10/23/93)
  7. Alterations with Attitude (10/30/93)
  8. Quality Time (11/13/93)
  9. Rooftop Thanksgiving (11/20/93)
  10. Pack of Lies (12/4/93)
  11. Love Letters on the Hudson (12/11/93)
  12. All My Trials (12/18/93)
  13. I Am Woman (1/29/94)

Cast

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Humans

  • Angelica, performed by Cyndi Cartagena
  • Snoopy/Christian, performed by Hassan Elgendi
  • John, performed by Dulé Hill
  • Susan, performed by Anne Ho
  • Tito, performed by Renoly Santiago
  • Nikki, performed by Diana Smith
  • David, performed by Brad Stoll
  • Frida, performed by Audrey Ince
  • Mr. Lester, performed by Don Chastain
  • Unknown Character, performed by Dash Mihok
  • Unknown Character, performed by Michelle Ingkavet

Muppets

Muppet voices

  • Toya, performed by Cenophia Mitchell
  • Trish, performed by Elizabeth Regen

External links

  • The CityKids Foundation

Sources

  1. Henson.com - Archived on September, 2001
  2. Malik Yoba, Yahoo! TV.
  3. Malik Yoba bio, Filmreference.com.

This article uses material from the "CityKids" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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