I have decided to base my programme on Teen high school dramas similar to Hannah Montana, Lizzie Maguire, MI High and Wizards of Waverly Place. My piece will be aimed at children aged between
8-12 as this will be the age of the characters and children will be able to relate to the program as they will currently be at high school.
Firstly I want to research into the many different types and styles of children’s TV channels. Different TV channels are aimed at different age groups for kids so I want to find the best style of channel that will suit my drama
Kids TV Channels:
• Animal Planet – US site but with plenty of UK favourites
• Boomerang – from the Cartoon Network people
• Cartoon Network UK – cartoons for everyone
• CBBC – find out about the kids tv shows and join the club
• CBeebies – just for the little ones, has all their favourites
• Channel 5 Milkshake – choose either little kids or bigger kids
• CITV – what’s on, pin boards, cool stuff and Tellytots
• Discovery Kids – US site, but still plenty of info and stuff to do
• Disney Channel UK – impressive site with lots to do
• GMTV Kids – for those early risers
• National Geographic Kids – animals & nature fun facts and games
• Nickelodeon – UK version with all the latest shows and news
• Nick Jr UK– the latest shows, fun games and activities
• Playhouse Disney UK – for toddlers, games, shows & fun
• Toonami – too big for Disney too young for trouble
• Toon Disney UK – devoted to Disney Cartoons!
• Trouble TV – television for the older kids
After looking at all of the different channels and the types of kids TV programmes they show I have decided that Disney UK is the best channel to show my program. I have come to this conclusion because Disney is the most popular kids TV channel in the UK with over 1billion kids tuning in each year to watch their favourite shows. Disney also shows a lot of kids TV dramas that are the same style as the one I am planning on producing, such as Hannah Montana, Suit life of Zach and Cody, That’s so Raven and As the Bell Rings.
Below is a list of various TV programmes that are shown daily on Disney, I have highlighted the one in bold font that are of similar style to the type of drama I wish to produce ( Kids Teen High School). I have also included media links to the highlighted options, that will show you a video of each programmes opening sequence.
• As The Bell Rings (2007 – present)
• Express Yourself (2001–present)
• Hannah Montana – (2006 – present)
• Imagination Movers (2008–present)
• JONAS (2009-present)
• Leo Little’s Big Show (2009-present)
• Little Einsteins (2005–present)
• Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006–present)
• Disney’s Movie Surfers (1998–present)
• My Friends Tigger and Pooh (2007–present)
• Phineas and Ferb (2007–present)
• Shanna’s Show (2003–present)
• Shaun the Sheep (2007–present)
• Sonny With a Chance (2007 – present)
• The Suite Life on Deck (2008–present)
• Wizards Of Waverly Place (2008 – present)
After deciding on the style of drama I am planing to produce and looking at the TV channels that will air my show, I will now look into detail at shows similar to mine. One opening sequence that particularly stands out to me is the opening credits to Hannah Montana Series 3.
Hannah Montana is an Emmy Award-nominated American television series, which debuted on March 24, 2006 on Disney Channel. The series focuses on a girl who lives a double life as an average teenage school girl named Miley Stewart (played by Miley Cyrus) by day and a famous pop singer named Hannah Montana by night, concealing her real identity from the public, other than her close friends and family.
The theme song for Hannah Montana is “The Best of Both Worlds” written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, produced by Gerrard and performed by Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana). The song’s lyrics describe the basic premise of the television series.
The full-length version of the song, which is 2 minutes, 54 seconds in length, was included on the show’s soundtrack, released in October 2006. For the TV version of the theme, which lasts only 50 seconds, only the first two stanzas and the last two were used. “Just Like You” and “The Other Side of Me” were originally tested for the opening theme song, before “Best of Both Worlds” was chosen as the theme.
The opening sequence for the first two seasons features episode clips of each cast member when their name appears. Each cast member’s name is “wiped” on the screen in a marquee-light-style. The sequence then switches to full-screen episode clips (most of the clips used in the Season One version of the sequence were of the early produced episodes) with the creator’s names appearing in the second-to-last clip. The show’s title logo design appears at the beginning and end of the sequence (the latter portion on the “concert stage” features Cyrus as her character Hannah Montana). The only change to the sequence for season two were the replacement of episode clips and the addition of the Disney logo above the show’s title logo.
For season three, a new version of the opening credits was used. It features Miley as herself and Hannah Montana in a Times Square-like setting. The names of the actors and actresses and clips from the show appear in a sort-of marquee board and it features Hannah Montana with her new wig and clothes style. The song playing is a remixed version of “The Best of Both Worlds”, that was originally recorded for (and heard in) Hannah Montana: The Movie. This marked the first time that a Disney Channel series has completely revamped its opening title sequence.
• 2006: Hannah Montana
o Hannah Montana: Holiday Edition
o Hannah Montana: Special Edition
• 2007: Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus
o Hannah Montana 2: Rock star Edition
o Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party
• 2008: Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
o Hannah Montana: Hits Remixed
• 2009: Hannah Montana: The Movie
• 2009: Hannah Montana 3
Conclusion: The opening sequence of Hannah Montana is very similar to how I had originally planned to make mine in terms of introducing the characters with their names flashing above them. The idea of a cheesy teen music song such as a Hannah Montana song was also in my planning, and I will be looking further into different styles of songs produced by Hannah Montana or other similar artists.