Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Director: Tom Warburton
Release Date: 27 August 2002
Length: 153 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“Reminisce in bliss with all 46 vintage “Schoolhouse Rock” shorts, from the famed “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” to all the other rockin’ bits left in the recesses of your brain. These all-time faves are joined by a new song, “I’m Gonna Send Your Vote to College,” performed by the creators of the original series.” — Netflix.com
So my sister was asked to accompany a school production of Schoolhouse Rock! and we kept talking about it and talking about it. I soon realized that I remembered very little about this program and couldn’t figure out how she could remember so much! We were much more likely to watch Sesame Street, (though I had one sister who mentally handicapped herself by liking Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood more) and I can only vaguely remember a few of the cartoons from Schoolhouse Rock!. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a DVD version of the cartoons was available to rent on Netflix.com.
The DVD has the cartoons grouped by category or you can watch all of them in order or randomly assorted. The cartoons vary, but can be lumped into some larger categories, including grammar, health & nutrition, money management, the way the world works (electricity, energy, gravity, etc.), general knowledge (the solar system, American history, etc. ), and math & numbers. Some information is a little dated, like most kids won’t know what a telegram is, using checks to pay for items, and Pluto is still considered a planet, but most of the cartoons still look as new as when they were animated years ago! There are 2.5 hours of cartoons on this DVD so you really get a lot of entertainment value for relatively little cost.
My favorites are the ones regarding American history, but I remembered the grammar cartoons best. This is a great collection of cartoons that are entertaining, colorful and fun, but really educational at the same time! I love the music on this DVD. Each cartoon has music and most of the cartoons do not have any talking at all – it is almost all music! The songs are really clever and are inspired by several different musical types so children will get a taste of a lot of different musical styles. If you are going to let your children watch some cartoons in the morning, why not give them the option of a DVD that is actually going to teach them some valuable lessons while being entertained? I sure had a lot of fun and I think that I learned something too!
Recommended for viewers of all ages.