BLUE MONKEY PLANET is the first pediatric TV channel of its kind! It includes 11 on-demand programs pre-packaged for hospital networks. These programs, by best-selling authors, sound healing musicians and pediatric psychologists, help children and their families prepare for surgery, lessen their pain and support their recovery. Relaxing sounds, images, music and words can be powerful medicine, and can transform waiting rooms, treatment suites and patient rooms into positive, healing environments. BLUE MONKEY PLANET content is made for relaxation, healing and fun. Hospitals and families can be assured that the content is suitable and appropriate for children of all ages. BLUE MONEY PLANET is available via CCTV networks, cable systems or interactive patient care companies and is produced by Medcalm, a leader in audio visual wellness solutions.
SO Smart! is a leading creator and producer of top-rated educational entertainment products for young children. So Smart! is now partnering with Medcalm to bring this content to the hospital environment. Its trusted brands include So Smart! Baby’s Beginnings and Baby’s First Word-Stories for babies and toddlers, and King Otis and The Kingdom of Goode for preschoolers. Founded in 1997 by early childhood development researcher and artist, Alexandra Tornek, and husband and media producer, Scott Tornek, their videos and music—with simple stories, adorable characters, catchy songs and a pace that’s just right—are enjoyed by families around the world.
As countless parents, educators and professional organizations will attest, So Smart! remains their top choice. Here are some of the reasons why:
So Smart! uses…
Gently animated, bright colors and simple images that are specially developed for babies and toddlers.
Minimal, smooth scene transitions, choreographed like a ballet of images woven together, while avoiding the use of sudden changes in viewpoint or camera angles, which can confuse and over-stimulate babies and toddlers.
Slow, easy-to-follow pace that encourages interaction and participation—usually in the form of laughing, clapping, “talking,” and dancing!
Please click on one of the tabs below to view the program listings for Blue Monkey Planet and So Smart.
Healing Music for Children
Sound healing music for children of all ages and their families by the well know expert Steven Halpern. Soothing sounds mixed with creative, impressionistic video will calm and assist in the healing process. This original program has been produced specifically for children in the hospital environment.
Sleep Like a Baby by Colors in Motion
In “Sleep Like a Baby,” we offer the experience of that dream state, induced by the clear pure colors of Linda DeHart’s watercolor paintings, artfully blended by digital compositor Christopher Graefe, and accompanied by sensitive piano improvisations of Eve Kodiak. A perfectly gentle sleep program for children of all ages.
The Relaxation Station, Relaxation Techniques for Kids
The Relaxation Station combines spectacular scenes of wildlife, gentle music and simple exercises in relaxation to teach children the basic techniques of breathing, imagination and meditation- skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. Produced by Academy Award winning Sue Marx Films in association with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and filmed by internationally acclaimed wildlife videographer Daniel Zatz, The Relaxation Station is the first of its kind to be used in a pediatric hospital setting.
Geometric Designs created by Larry Deutman who has been painting incredible mandala patterns for over 35 years. Fascinated by their colorful symmetry, he has taken these designs and brought them to life through advanced computer software. The result is an exquisite kaleidoscopic world and a profound synergy with the music. Colorful fun and healing music for kids!
By Dr. Bernie Siegel, illustrated by Mari Gayatri Stein and produced by Medcalm.
This story is a touching and heartwarming story. In its gentle way, it helps us to deal with grief and teaches us how to live life fully. As Bernie says, “As a surgeon who has worked with people with life threatening illnesses for years, I know the invaluable lessons we learn from animals.” The format is an audio video “page turner”. Children can listen to the story as they follow along with on screen illustrations from the book.
The Jungle HD
Come along with us on a trip to the jungle of Costa Rica and marvel at these fascinating impressions in perfect 3D quality. Experience the magic of the rain forest and its inhabitants, mostly hiding away in big trees and covered by dense forest and difficult to see for the untrained eye. And listen carefully to the sounds of nature …Developed in Germany by KSM film in amazing 3D!
Experience the splendor of Hawaii’s most beautiful underwater reefs in stunning HD!. The first “aquarium video” shot in the wild. This relaxing and mesmerizing program takes you n a magical journey that includes Hawaii’s most colorful reef fishes, sea turtles, whales and dolphins. Locations include the richest coral reefs on the islands of Maui, Hawaii and Oahu as well as “Nemo” and other delightful reef fishes of the greater South Pacific. Wondrous for children of all ages.
Experience the innocence and joy of baby animals with their moms in their natural settings. Cute teddy bears to little ducklings following their moms to the pond. This program is accompanied by an hour of happy, playful music. A sure way to make children (and adults) feel better and smile.
Bedtime Beats by Bedtime Beats
Another exclusive to Medcalm for the hospital environment is Bedtime Beats which provides you with more than sublime sound. Inspired by the findings of a Case Western University study, Bedtime Beats will help patients relax, fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Lose yourself in the experience of dreaming as interpreted by the world’s greatest composers: Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart. Woven seamlessly together in tranquil harmony.
King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode: Lollybird’s Tale of Being Different
King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode teaches young children important, universal lessons like patience, sharing and respect through captivating stories, catchy songs, and lovable characters. In Lollybird’s Tale of Being Different, Lollybird doesn’t fit in. After all, she’s the only blue elephant in the entire town. But when malligators prevent the animals of Eleville from retrieving a cure to help their sick leader, Lollybird’s difference becomes the one thing that will save him!
King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode: McFlicken’s Tale of Sharing
King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode, teaches young children important, universal lessons like patience, sharing and respect through captivating stories, catchy songs, and lovable characters. In McFlicken’s Tale of Sharing, McFlicken, a selfish creature who lives in a tree, thinks he’ll be happiest if he doesn’t have to share with the neighbors, especially his tree worms and wing repair glue. But when he finally gets the big tree to himself, he realizes that, without sharing, there can be no happiness. When a baby Lird appears, McFlicken gets the chance he needs to bring his friends home.
King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode: Phoose’s Tale of Patience
King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode teaches young children important, universal lessons like patience, sharing and respect through captivating stories, catchy songs, and lovable characters. In Phoose’s Tale of Patience, Phoose and his fish-like friends—growing up in the Nowaki desert—are tired of waiting for water. But after a series of misadventures, it is patience that finally makes their dreams of swimming come true!
Baby’s Musical Sounds (classical music)
A lumbering elephant made of simple shapes moves to the melodic sound of a guitar. Birds flock together as a violin plays, and a frog hops to the sound of a clarinet. Each instrument is matched to an animal – a great way to introduce babies 6 months and up to the distinct sounds of different instruments. A deliberately gentle pace, engaging imagery, and soothing music make So Smart! a winner for both children and parents.
Baby’s Sights & Sounds (classical music)
This bright, bold animated video introduces simple shapes, moving patterns and familiar objects that encourage babies 6 months and up to laugh, “talk” and interact. Each scene is set to classical music including Bach, Beethoven and other great composers! A deliberately gentle pace, engaging imagery, and soothing music make So Smart! a winner for both children and parents.
Baby’s Beginnings Shapes
Meet Cecil the Circle, Suzie the Square and Traci the Triangle. They’ll introduce little ones 6 months and up to shapes that are part of everything, from fish and bubbles to clocks and trucks. Each brightly colored, animated scene is set to live classical music including Handel, Tchaikovsky and other great composers! A deliberately gentle pace, engaging imagery, and soothing music make So Smart! a winner for both children and parents.
Baby’s Beginnings Letters
This bright, bold video provides little ones 9 months and up with an exciting introduction to the alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet slowly builds and is represented by an object that starts with that letter. Choose between a classical music soundtrack and narration. A deliberately gentle pace, engaging imagery, and soothing music make So Smart! a winner for both children and parents.
Baby’s First Word Stories: Nighttime
The Baby’s First-Word Stories series helps little ones use language to describe the exciting world around them. Designed for one to three year-olds, each animated program begins with simple words, and then expands into complete sentences that tell a fun tale. This chapter introduces words and stories about bedtime, including, “Nighttime,” “Iggy’s Book,” “Four Beds,” “A Walk in the Woods,” and “Time for Bed.”
Baby’s First Word Stories: Pets
So Smart! friends Edward, Iggy, Larry and Dee Dee will first introduce your little one to simple words about pets, and then build sentences and stories around them. A deliberately gentle pace, engaging imagery, and soothing music make So Smart! a winner for both parents and young children 1 to 3 years old, who are just beginning to explore the rich world of language. Features 5 vocabulary adventures with your So Smart! Friends: Hello Little Cat!, My Pet Fish, Dee Dee’s Dog, Where’s the Frog?, and Iggy’s Pet Friends.
Baby’s First Word Stories: House
So Smart! friends Edward, Iggy, Larry and Dee Dee will first introduce your little one to simple words about objects in the home, and then build sentences and stories around them. A deliberately gentle pace, engaging imagery, and soothing music make So Smart! a winner for both parents and young children 1 to 3 years old, who are just beginning to explore the rich world of language. Features 5 vocabulary adventures with your So Smart! Friends: Bathtime!, Who’s Hiding in the House?, Sounds in My House, Where is Edward’s House?, and Clean-up Time.