The Scrambled States of America Talent Show
Welcome to the web page for the film The Scrambled States of America Talent Show! Last seen rearranging themselves in Laurie Keller’s previous book “The Scrambled States of America”, now the U.S. states are putting on a talent show! But just when Indiana (the director) is about to call “Showtime!”, Georgia gets a bad case of stage fright and can’t perform in her juggling act. Will the show go on, or will it be curtains?
The film The Scrambled States of America Talent Show is based on the book of the same name, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Galen Fott of Bigfott Studios adapted, directed, and animated. The music is composed by Jon Carroll. The film is produced by Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard at Weston Woods Studios, Inc. Running time is 20:19.
To purchase the film on the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD The Scrambled States of America and More Stories by Laurie Keller, click here.
To purchase the film on the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD 20 Back-to-School Tales, click here.
To visit Weston Woods Studios' The Scrambled States of America Talent Show page where you can purchase the film alone on DVD, click here.
To visit author/illustrator Laurie Keller's website, click here.
To visit director/animator Galen Fott's personal website, click here.
To visit composer Jon Carroll’s website, click here.
Jon Carroll: Sam, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Ohio, singing voices for “New States on the Block” and “The Montanettes”
David de Vries: Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Vermont
Galen Fott: Dr. Globe, Washington D.C., Alaska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Mr. Bee
Laura Fott: Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah
Diana Canova: Hawaii (main island), Idaho, Tennessee, Wyoming
Paul R. Gagne: California, Colorado, New Jersey
Steve Syarto: Michigan, New York
Sarah Spencer: Indiana, Missouri
Frank Mangiero: Florida, Nebraska
Leigh Corra: Georgia
Ellie DiBerardino: Oregon
Don Allen: Pennsylvania
Melissa Reilly Ellard: Connecticut
Meredith Ferris: Maryland
Burton Fott: Hawaii (smaller islands)
Holly Hunnicutt: Texas
Christy Ottaviano: Wisconsin
Bess Spencer: North Carolina
AWARDS & SCREENINGS
AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
KidzFlix Children’s Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival
REVIEWS AND PRAISE
“In this hilarious animated version of Laurie Keller’s book, the idea for a talent show comes to New York in a dream. Keller’s wacky cartoon illustrations come to life, while lively big band music and clever asides add to the fun. Use this entertaining pick to enrich a state unit or before a school talent show.” -- School Library Journal
“With some geographical facts slipped in among the silly antics, the film is instructive as well as amusing, and features some splendid bits.” -- Video Librarian
“A fun way to introduce kids to the states of the US. Colorful and fast moving.” -- KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors
“The best of these episodes is in my opinion the Do Unto Otters story, which focuses on manners and getting along with others. My children on the other hand would probably politely disagree and vote for The Scrambled States of America Talent Show.” -- Video Vault online review of “The Scrambled States of America and More Stories by Laurie Keller”
Images from the film The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, Copyright © 2009 Weston Woods Studios, Inc.
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show book Copyright © 2008 by Laurie Keller