The Space Place
|The Space Place|
|Produced by||Catalyst Pictures|
The Space Place is a 2008 direct-to-DVD children's animated television series produced by Catalyst Pictures Limited to help children with autism understand and recognise emotions. It was a direct follow-up to The Transporters, which was made by the same studio for the same purpose. The Space Place reused the Transporters' concept of putting human faces on vehicles, but the creators chose to use animated faces instead of live-action ones.
The show stars eight model space vehicles - each of a different nationality and with a wide range of ages - who live in a museum called The Space Place.
- Julie - A teenage Canadian moon buggy. She is impetuous, daring and loves driving in and out of the craters on the moon display.
- Rakesh - A teenage Indian rover. He is very fond of collecting rocks.
- Chen - A Chinese tourist spaceship in his twenties. He is trendy and likes to have all the latest gadgets.
- Nancy - An Australian lunar lander in her twenties. She is cheery, outgoing and loves to fix things with her mechanical arm.
- Neil - An American space shuttle in his thirties. He is straightforward, sensible and reliable.
- Philippe - A French satellite in his thirties. He is well-meaning but can care about his appearance a little too much.
- Yuri - A Russian sputnik in his fifties. The others don't always include him in their adventures, but he has a heart of gold.
- Bernard - A British space telescope in his sixties. The others look up to him for the experience and knowledge he has gained in his time.
Findings of a 2012 Brunel University study show that viewings of the series do not significantly improve emotional comprehension in children with autism over a single week. However, over a longer time period, the series could have a greater effect. These findings show that just a short course of the series can improve emotional comprehension and may be able to improve the day-to-day life of children with autism.
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