Little Tykes Theatre

How to be a Superhero Part 4

Hey there Superheroes, come on and choose a sidekick !

It’s hard enough trying to save the world from all the villains out there, but since it’s your duty, why not get a friend to help you out and combine your powers? And why not more than one friend ! After all, they say “ It takes a village” right?

Lot’s of superheroes work side to side with others.

The most famous duo being Batman and Robin 
The most famous quatuor being The Fantastic Four 






And of course when great superheroes decide to join forces you get the very famous Avengers or Xmen 

So what are you going to choose? One great friend? Or as many as you can get to be stronger and have each other’s back?

And now, changing gears to think about Movie-making.

So far we’ve talked about camera angles, different roles within the production team,  we’ve saved he most exciting for the last – Special effects! The props department can turn an empty room into a bedroom, dining room, café and many other things. But what about things the props department can’t create? What if you are shooting your film in a big city but the script calls for mountains? Or your filming indoors but you need a city skyline in your shot. Well then you’re going to need some special effects!

Special effects can be created different ways: with small models filmed close up, with mirrors, with computer editing. One common way to create a special effect is to use a green screen.

Have you ever seen a superhero movie where someone flies through the sky? You can see all the skyscrapers whizzing by in the background, and it looks so cool! What’s the secret??

The secret is: there are really superheroes and you just have to catch them in action!

Just kidding.

Well, yes you are Superheroes-in-training, but full-grown Superheroes are much too stealthy for most filmmakers so instead you use computer technology to paste actors onto an unlimited number of virtual backgrounds.


This is also known as color keying. It works by singling out a particular color in an electronic image and then using computer software to make that color transparent. This allows another image, which can be just about anything you can imagine, to show through.

You’ve all seen a weather forecaster predict the weather, right? This is a prime example of green screen at work! Next time you watch the weather forecast, notice the use of green screens to allow the background behind the meteorologist to change. Isn’t it cool that you know how this works now? What other situations have you seen where a green screen is likely at work?
Special effect to try at home: Mirror, Mirror

When you watch a movie like Star Wars, you might wonder does the landspeeder really move through the air across the desert? No? Well then, how did they do that?


The car actually really did have wheels, but what you saw was the reflection of the sand under the car! The mirror, attached to the bottom of the car, blocked your view of the wheels and was angled so that you saw the sand below.

You can try some tricks with mirrors, too.

You will need:

– two mirrors (one hand-held, one pocket-sized)

– a toy car, an action figure or a hand puppet

– a favorite picture book

– a flashlight

– a shiny spoon.

Put your pocket-sized mirror in front of the toy car’s wheels so that it is angled down to reflect the rug. Move the car toward you as you look in the mirror. What do you see?

Try more special effects with your action figure or hand puppet, picture book, and hand-held mirror.

Open your book to a favorite scene. Angle the book and mirror so that you can see the scene in the hand-held mirror. Put the figure or puppet into the mirror scene by holding it between the book and the mirror. What happens? (If you have a mirrored door, you can try this activity yourself at home. Stand with one leg on either side of the door and move the leg by the mirror in and out to fly. Take turns doing this with a friend so you can see each other fly!)


Phew. After all the hard work, time for some R & R. That’s Reading Recommendations!


Superworm by Julia Donaldson :

Never fear, Superworm’s here! He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm’s rescue, when he’s captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Luckily, all of Superworm’s insect friends have a cunning plan…


Supertato by Sue Hendra ! (insert photo of Supertato)
Oh my goodness, whatever can we do? There’s an evil pea on the loose in the supermarket, causing havoc wherever he goes! He has sticky-plastered poor carrot to the conveyor belt, and drawn a mustache and glasses on broccoli, and poor old cucumber has been mummified with a bandage! Still, try to calm your frayed nerves because, never fear, Supertato is here to save the day!


Movies /Cartoons

The Cartoon “Krypto, the Superdog” 

Krypto comes from the same planet as Superman and possess the same powers! Check out a few episodes :

The Movie “Sky High”

Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Trivia : The actress, Linda Carter, playing the role of Principal Powers was the original Wonder Woman in the 1975 television series.