Crashbox

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Crashbox
GenreEducational
Variety
Science fiction
Anthology
Created byEamon Harrington & John Watkin
StarringMaggie Baird
Veena Bidasha
S. Scott Bullock
Greg Eagles
Arif S. Kinchen
Peter Lurie
Dawn Maxey
Edie McClurg
Michael McShane
Ritchie Montgomery
Alan Schlaifer
John Watkin
Mari Weiss
Danny Wells
Country of originCanada
United States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Production
Executive producer(s)Adam Shaheen
Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
Producer(s)Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Cuppa Coffee Studios
Planet Grande Pictures
HBO
Spank! (theme music only)
Release
Original networkHBO
HBO Family
Crave
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1999 (1999-02-01) –
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)

Crashbox is a Canadian/American television series that aired in the United States and Canada. It teaches children about math, history, vocabulary, and etc. It was produced in between the late second to fourth quarter of 1998 to early 1999, and aired during the relaunch of the HBO Family channel from February 1999 to April 2000. It has no VHS/DVD release and its still available on streaming serivces.[1][2]

Production[change | change source]

Produced and filmed in Tornoto and Malibu in the second half of 1998 to early 1999, Planet Grande Pictures went to Canada and signed a deal with Cuppa Coffee Studios to produce a game show for both HBO and Planet Grande. They both engage for 7 months to complete 13 hours of programming.[3]

Plot[change | change source]

The setting takes place inside a computer and clay-sculpted box are operated by rusty robots. The format is similar to the 70's Electric Company where parodies not joining to each other nor following a sequential plot. Each half-hour episode is has about seven 2-to-5-minute educational games, and rarely an eighth bonus game.

Reception[change | change source]

The show generally received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. However, some both criticized the show for it's overuse of gross out humor.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Richard Katz, "HBO in Family way with heavy push of new fare", Variety, September 9, 1998.
  2. Lynne Heffley, "HBO Launches Spinoff With Pair of Excellent Kids' Shows", Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1999.
  3. Eichhorn, P: "Cuppa Coffee brews up a special blend of animation Take One Magazine, Summer, 1999, No. 24