ⓘ Mr. Know It Owl

                                     

ⓘ Mr. Know It Owl

Mr. Know-It-Owls Video School was a series of videos released on videocassette, and later repurposed to interactive CD-ROM, and is hosted by a purple owl puppet. The Mr. Know-It-Owl series was copyrighted by Apollo Educational Video. Aimed at younger children, Mr. Know-It-Owl, attempts to educate children in safety, health, grammar, and the three Rs. There were over 10 videos released and a series of CD-ROM. The main characters were Phineas, Scooter McGruder, and of course, Mr. Know-It-Owl.

                                     

1. Main characters

Scooter McGruder

Scooter is a curious young boy with red hair, green eyes, and a yellow shirt with the letter "E" on it in red. He is often the one that is instructed by Mr. Know-It-Owl.

Phineas

Phineas is a firefly that lives with Mr. Know-It-Owl in his treehouse; his full name is Phineas T. Firefly.

                                     

1.1. Main characters Scooter McGruder

Scooter is a curious young boy with red hair, green eyes, and a yellow shirt with the letter "E" on it in red. He is often the one that is instructed by Mr. Know-It-Owl.

                                     

1.2. Main characters Phineas

Phineas is a firefly that lives with Mr. Know-It-Owl in his treehouse; his full name is Phineas T. Firefly.

                                     

2. Videos

Over 10 videos of the Mr. Know-It-Owl series were made. The following video titles are listed below, along with their summaries.

  • Natures Systems
  • Nutrition: Try It, Youll Like It 11 minutes
  • Ear Care 9 minutes.
  • The Junk Food Man 10 minutes
  • Arithmetic for Kids
  • Dragons and Sailboats
  • Magic Weapons For Healthy Teeth 15 minutes
  • Make Your Own Toys - Toys At Your Fingertips
  • All About Animals
  • Grammar as Easy as ABC
  • Dinosaurs and Strange Creatures 1988: Mr. Know It Owl introduces dinosaurs, using stop-motion animation dinosaur figures. Among the dinosaurs shown are Allosaurus seen in the opening sequence, Brontosaurus, Coelophysis, Stegosaurus, Anatosaurus, Corythosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Saurolophus, Pteranodon, Ankylosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Chasmosaurus, Triceratops, Monoclonius, and Styracosaurus. Afterwards is a segment about prehistoric mammals. Once again, stop motion animation figures are used. Some of the creatures which are shown are Deltatheridium mispronounced as "Deltatherium", Eohippus, Diatryma, Platybelodon, Baluchitherium, Glyptodon, Megatherium, Smilodon, and the woolly mammoth. Finally is a segment about various animal adaptations, including anteaters and chameleons. The first two segments were animated by Wah Chang known for his work on Land of the Lost and Mark D. Wolf respectively.
  • Health Tips 1986: The following videos are shown, with a total running time of approximately 45 minutes
  • Letters, Colors, and Ducks
  • Learning As We Play
  • MacDonalds Farm
  • African Animals of Africa
  • Weather 1987: Mr. Know-It-Owls tutorial involves weather and how nature acts to cause the various weather patterns. It is 32 minutes long.
  • Safety Tips 1986: When Scooter moves, Mr. Know-It-Owl gives him several important safety tips in four short videos. The first, Emergencies: What Would You Do? 1977, deals with handling emergencies like drowning, ingesting chemicals, bleeding, and falling. The second features Roscoes Rules 1973, in which a drumming bear toy offers tips on how to avoid strangers. The third is called Hush Puppys Bright Idea 1976, in which the puppets emphasize the importance of wearing reflective materials and being careful at night. The fourth and final video Electrical Safety: A to Zap 1970, was an animated spiel about a naive housecat who receives a long lecture from a pink mouse about electrical safety.
  • Under the Sea


                                     

3. Interactive multimedia

The series was later re-purposed into the interactive CD-ROM by AIMS Multimedia co-president and executive producer David S. Sherman and software architect Richard Williams, both of whom went on to design and produce AIMS Multimedias DigitalCurriculum in 1999, the first educational video streaming software as a service SaaS, a video curriculum on demand which was later sold to the Discovery Channel in 2004. The CD-ROM Mr. Know-It-Owl character was also voiced by Dr. Sherman.

  • Mr. Know-It-Owls All About Animals
  • Mr. Know-It-Owls Reading With Peter Cottontail