Pancake Mountain

With a mix of puppets and rock bands, Scott Stuckey created a show that's fun and smart--and even a bit ironic

David Deal for TIME

Creator Stuckey performs a song with Rufus Leaking, his puppet co-host.

MUSIC MAN A talking sheep named Rufus Leaking, a hot band and a crowd of kids jumping around onstage are the key ingredients of Pancake Mountain, one of the most energetic--and certainly one of the hippest--kids' shows on the planet. The ingredients are basic, but it took Washington-based Scott Stuckey, 44, and a group of volunteers to make a hit out of them.

Stuckey grew up fascinated by local TV. "I was a big fan of a show called Captain 20," he says, "and you could see the star of the show around town. I grew up thinking television was this...

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