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License: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike Reebops St Marys
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06 Feb, 2008


Using marshmallow models to explain why you look like your parents.

Director's Notes:

Reebops are friendly marshmallow creatures commonly found in biology classrooms, where they delight in explaining concepts of meiosis. A PDF download from the University of Wisconsin-Madison explains all, and adds that rebops:

are very prolific and require minimal care. They live quite comfortably in a covered shoebox with small holes punched in the sides for ventilation.

You’ll find lots more on Reebops via a Google search, too.

SciCast Notes:

Nominee: Best Biology Film, 2008

Physicist that I am, I’d never heard of Reebops. So I could have done with a close-up of the little dears near the beginning of the film.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this. It looks like a fun way of exploring one of those bits of biology I always forgot.

Particular high points? It looks to me like the team have their script taped just below the camera lens. So they’re reading it, but it looks like they’re delivering flawlessly to camera. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve pulled the same trick in a professional studio.

Secondly, I love the closing shot. Eating the props: nice.

— Jonathan.