We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Nursery Rhymes. Whoo-whee! This episode just may be the happiest thing you see today. Plus it’s beautiful and literary. I think you’ll find that this episode features nursery rhymes like you’ve never seen before. Do you like animal masks? How about hopping? And do you like hopscotch? Are you a fan of nursery rhymes? You might fall in love all over again with the 3 pigs, an apple-pecking hen, a favorite nursery rhyme or two, and a very enthusiastic bear. We hope you love Nursery Rhymes. Watch it now!
We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called How to Travel. Need some tips for Holiday travel? Are you getting excited for an upcoming road trip? Or do you need to get excited? This episode has you covered. Everything from packing, to setting boundaries, to map reading, to playing and singing, with a few surprises mixed in. Guaranteed to boost your travel enjoyment by at least 68%. Happy Travels! We hope you love How to Travel. Watch it now!
We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called The Clockmaker. We are so thrilled that we could make this episode!! As Ralph explains in the video, in France, all students in the 9th grade (troisieme) do a professional internship. We were so excited that Ralph could intern with Jean-Francois, the clockmaker. After Ralph’s first day on the job, he came home determined that this would make a great Olive Us episode. When we went to explore the shop, Le Diable au Cadran, we too became mesmerized by the possibility.
Thankfully, Jean-Francois was very open and excited about the idea as well. He was such an easy-going, creative and fun person to work with, and his shop is such an inspiration to experience (its got something to do with all the gears, dials, faces, hands, and tools, plus the ambient tick-tocking, and cuckoo-ing). On the day of the shoot, he also showed us his collection of wind up toys and music boxes–perhaps they should be part of a future episode? We love how the video turned out. We think it gives you a good taste for what it’s like at the Clockmaker’s shop–a mesmerizing place indeed. We hope you love it! Watch The Clockmaker now!
We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Spring Flower Bouquet. We know we are just heading into winter, but we thought this episode could give us a peek out the other side. The practice of picking wild daffodils will forever be our favorite way to welcome Spring.
There was some serious question about whether we would be able to even make this episode. We love how it turned out, but how it turned out hinged on a couple last minute desperation turns to find a workable location, and improvisation. There is not a very big window for these wild daffodils in Normandy, too early and none are in bloom, too late, and they are mostly dead. Last year’s winter (when this was filmed) was so long, we didn’t know when the flowers would be out. And then on the day we had scheduled this shoot, our usual spot for gathering the flowers turned out to be a much more complicated location than we had anticipated. So we considered just dropping it, and making another episode instead.
This episode was really 5 minutes from being cancelled. But we took a last minute turn on a different road and found to our huge relief the glory of the flowers you see in the video. And as has happened a few times, we think the new spot and new direction the episode took turned out to be better than what we originally had in mind. We also weren’t sure how to end the episode–it was a sort of holiday, so people weren’t out and about like normal, but once again, a last minute turn on a different road took us to the current ending. The original idea was that only Maude would deliver a bouquet at the end, but that’s why you should just keep the cameras rolling. We love June’s improvisation, and that Tiger in a Jar knew to keep rolling. We think it’s the perfect ending to the episode. We love what these last minute adjustments and improvisations resulted in, and hope you do too. So perhaps this episode should be called “In celebration of improv”. What do you think? Watch Spring Flower Bouquet now!
We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called I’m Hungry: Guacamole! Based on our favorite, super easy (really, it’s really that easy) recipe. It’s a perfect treat, that even young kids can make and enjoy. We know there are more involved guacamole recipes out there, and we considered expanding the recipe (to include tomatoes, onions, lime, etc.) for the episode, but opted to stick with the simple recipe we keep coming back to, that the kids can really make on their own. Plus, we love the little tortilla chip narrative throughout, do you think the chips got what they wanted? Watch Guacamole! now!
Today we’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Lost Theater. This episode is entirely inspired by a space. The space is a theater designed by our French Landlord, Hugues Sineux, and his brother, Jean-François. It is a family theater at the home of their parents in Normandy, France. We had initially scouted out the space for another episode, but when we arrived at the theater, we were all taken by its magic, and wanted to make an episode that tried to simply respond to the inspiration of this place. So we did!
Some perspective on the theater…
The Sineux family has mostly grown up, so the theater hasn’t been used in a while, but we thought that added to the magic–like stumbling on some archeological find. All the costumes and props were from the theater–there were many, many more that we could have drawn from! We tried to find activities or lines from theater/literature that fit the outfits and setting. Bonus question: do you know where the different lines come from?
The cast with Roger and Colette Sineux:
The Sineux family is the true magic behind this episode. In many ways, we felt like this episode captured something essential about not only our experience that day in the theater, but our entire stay in France. We stumbled on an unknown place, and not knowing beforehand what we would do, or how it would influence us, we tried on different experiences and personas, and ultimately came to take in a new way of being, then left it behind–for a time, but not before being taken by the experience, and the makers and designers of our temporary theater–the Sineux family.
Watch Lost Theater now!
Olive is feeling the Samba…
Truth be told, Betty wanted to be featured as a princess, but we think she does a pretty great Ali Baba.
We knew we wanted to have a line from Shakespeare–do know which play Maude’s line is from?
Oscar really got into his pirate persona. Arrrgh.
June looking royal.
Between takes, the captain rocked the princess.
Maude walking by some additional props in the theater, including a vintage doll crib and map (the map made it!) and a painting by Hugues Sineux.
Today we’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Let’s Visit Holland: A Mini Flower Lesson. As soon as we knew we would be filming another season, the flower fields of Holland were at the top of our list. Visiting the flower fields was one of the most amazing experiences we had this season, we hope you’ll see why we were so thrilled to capture this. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!
This episode was filmed in the flower fields surrounding Kuhkenhof, perhaps the most famous Flower garden in the world (for good reason!) This now makes 3 countries we have filmed in. We can’t believe it! Big Thanks to Lotte, our guide in Holland, andClayton Thompson, who made the title illustration. Watch Let’s Visit Holland now!
Holland was really a stunning location. Can you smell the flowers? Here are a few snapshots from the shoot:
Meet Olive Us!
We are so excited that the first episode is live and featured on ulive! It’s called Meet Olive Us. Friendly waving title courtesy of Clayton Thompson. This episode was actually recommended by the team at ulive–they wanted an episode that could introduce the show and Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty & June.Tiger in a Jar had the brilliant vision to get an individualized peek into each child and show them interacting as well. We love how this episode has come together. It’s one of our favorites! We hope you’ll love it too!
Today we’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Petanque (pronounced ‘Pay-Tonk’). Petanque is like French bocce, it’s a very popular sport all over France, with informal gatherings springing up all over when the weather is nice. It’s a beautiful sport–metallic, engraved heavy balls, soft and subtle landings and clangs, and perfect for an easygoing afternoon game. We had been eyeing this little field near where we lived when we imagined this episode, and love that we have this piece to remember forever. We were actually introduced to Petanque from a family member who brought the game back from France around 10 years ago, and we fell in love with the game before seeing it in its natural habitat…
We had a lot of different ideas for this episode–we thought it could just be an instructional video; we thought it could be the kids talking about playing pétanque interspersed with playing; we thought it could just feature Ralph, and Oscar; we thought it could mostly be Ralph and Oscar playing, then they watch some players in an informal gathering. But how this episode ended up feels magical to us. From the perfect title by Clayton Thompson, to the brilliantly simple artistic vision of Tiger in a Jar! We love how it captures an older generation welcoming a younger into their game and culture, and the boys getting lost in the game. We hope you love it, too! Watch Petanque now!
Pierre & Jacques getting ready to throw their boules:
Ralph and Oscar watching the game with interest:
Ralph and Oscar trying out the game on their own:
More Ralph and Oscar:
Ralph and Oscar gathering their boules:
Have you played Petanque? Do you have a favorite game or pastime you can do with a wide range of ages?
Today we’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Fruit & Veggie Kebabs. Who knew fruits and vegetables could be so fun? The giant spread of produce for this episode made everyone happy. We’re also going to try some psychic reading and predict that after watching this episode you’ll want to make some fruit and vegetable kebabs.
We were excited just to have all the produce in the house, but we loved the fun ideas that Tiger in a Jar brought to this episode, like face kebabs, and vegetable role-playing (you’ll understand when you watch…) We love how this episode alternates between big piles of produce that make your imagination run wild, to detailed cross-sections, and interactions with produce that make you want to pick up an orange and explore. We hope you’ll be inspired to play with your food–Watch Fruit & Veggie Kebabs now!
Here is (a portion of) the Spread that kept inspiring fresh ideas:
Maude and Olive hold still as the produce around them mounts…it takes a very steady hand!
They thought it was pretty fun to have all the fruits and veggies carefully placed around them.
Whoah! There is lots of yumminess by my head!
Maude and Olive pass the fruit and veggie excitement on to June.