Where in the World is
Carmen Sandiego! HERE OF COURSE!
Carmen Sandiego was originally
created in 1983 by a group of innovative software designers at a
small family company known as Brøderbund Software. To inspire kids
to learn geography, the creators wanted a female "heroine" whose
name sounded different, but was unmistakably easy to pronounce. Her
first software game "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" shipped
In 1994, a cartoon series debuted that became
a personal favorite of mine. Unique characters, wonderful story
lines, humor, education, and multiple animation mediums came
together and became a series known as Where on Earth is Carmen
Sandiego? After that the great learning software came
Carmen Sandiego CD-ROM games
are great educational tools. They teach kids geography, history,
math and grammar in a fun and exciting way. Kids love to play these
educational games and feel a real sense of accomplishment when they
Carmen Sandiego challenges kids to discover
the world around them!
For over a decade, kids have
been chasing the elusive Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. gang,
learning about geography and cultures, not to mention science,
math, language arts, music, and history.
Brief Show History:
On February 5, 1994 Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
debuted on the Fox Network. Combining traditional cel animation,
computer animation and live action stills and scenes, DIC
Enterprises had produced a rather unique educational series. The
series remained on Fox until the fall of 1996. There was a limited
three episode run in the spring of 1997 until the series was put on
hiatus until pikced up by the Fox Family Channel. From 1998-1999,
Fox Fam aired all but one episode of the final season, "Cupid
Sandiego." It is rumored the episode was not all that good, and Fox
never decided to air it. I doubt this personally, but I cannot
confrim or deny the rumor. The series was given a very short run on
the PAX televison network, but once they scrapped their morning
cartoon programing, Carmen disappeared from the
airwaves--probably for good.
The series was nominated for 5 Emmys and won once in 1995 for
Outstanding Animated Children's Program.
A Basic Show Overview:
Carmen Sandiego, the world greatest thief, is on the loose and
it's up to the ACME Detective Agency to solve her clues and track
her down. When a crime is commited, the Chief of ACME turns to his
best agents--teen siblings Zack and Ivy.
Zack and Ivy must slove Carmen's clues in order to not only
discover where she will strike next but also to find the common
thread in her thefts. By doing so, they can attempt to stop Carmen
before she can carry out her plan and attempt to capture her.