March 5, 2013
I’m sorry I forgot to post this the other day.
Vegetable Soup was one a very unique program in that it was produced by the New York State Education Department that originally ran on PBS from September 22, 1975 to December 14, 1978. The show continued to run on both PBS and Nickelodeon though the early to mid 1980’s.
== Concept == From Wikipedia
The purpose of the program was to be a television series for children to help counter the negative, destructive effects of racial prejudice and racial isolation and to reinforce and dramatize the positive, life-enhancing value of human diversity in entertaining and affective presentations that children could understand and relate to. Vegetable Soup used an interdisciplinary approach to entertain and educate elementary age children in the value of human diversity. Animated segments on the show were created by Jim Simon's Wantu Studios. The musical opening plus 13 Woody the Spoon cooking spots for which Bette Midler did all the voice tracks, and also 48 thirty-second breaks.
Each show was 30-minutes in length and consisted of a variety of regular segments that varied from show to show. They included:
The Big Game Hunt – hosted by Gary Goodrow
The Big Job Hunt – hosted by Susan Taylor
How Do You Find Yourself?
Make A New Friend
Nigel – about a boy with a giant snake
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
What Would You Do?
Woody the Spoon Recipes
Words Have Stories
== Characters ==
The characters on the show varied as much as the regular segments, they included:
Long John Spoilsport who was played by James Earl Jones and who also regularly appeared on "The Big Game Hunt" and "The Big Job Hunt" segments.
Larry Hama - hosted various segments
Kingman Hui - child actor who starred on the "Long Ago" segment
Martin Harris (Martin Brayboy) - regularly appeared in the "Nigel" segment
Eddie (Edward M. Beckford, Jr.)
Regularly appeared in the "Nigel" segment, sang the opening theme song
Scot Richardson (Scot Smith) - regularly appeared in the "Nigel" segment
Bob (Daniel Stern) and Robin (Judy Noble)
Regularly appeared in the "Outerscope" segment
Woody the Spoon (Bette Midler) – animated character
Regularly appeared in the "Woody the Spoon Recipes" segment
James Earl Jones
Gary Goodrow - Announcer, in The Big Game Hunt (voice)
Bette Midler - Woody The Spoon (voice)
Gordon Smith - Edgar
== Links ==
Vegetable Soup - http://www.rickstv.com/tvo/vegetablesoup.html
Animation Gallery - http://www.artstomp.com/vsgallery.html
Vegetable Soup @ Toonarific Cartoons
Outerscope II Gallery - http://www.artstomp.com/osgallery.html