When my kids heard Schoolhouse Rock was coming out with a new DVD, Schoolhouse Rock! Earth, they
were as excited as I was, seeing that they’ve heard the original songs since they were old enough to say Unpack Your Adjectives. I can’t think of a better reason for members of the
beloved ABC morning series of my childhood to reunite than to spread
the message about conservation, recycling and environmental
In true Schoolhouse Rock fashion, this DVD
relies on catchy songs and
fun-to-watch cartoons to educate the young and (not so) old, all with, thankfully, the exact same look and spirit of the original series. Some of the original singers are back too. Hearing the familiar voices behind I’m Just a Bill and
Conjunction Junction in songs like The Little Things We Do (with its Mr. Morton “the subject of the sentence” cameo) hit me right in the nostalgia jugular. There is even a digitally remastered version of The Energy Blues whose lyrics are as relevant today as they were more than thirty years ago.
About ten minutes into watching Schoolhouse Rock! Earth, my
eight-year-old jumped up and shut off all the unnecessary lights in the
room. I’d say she’s getting the message. -Christina
Schoolhouse Rock! Earth is out on DVD this week! Grab your copy on Amazon. And if you feel like introducing your kids to the original songs, find them on the Schoolhouse Rock website.