By CAINE GARDNER
It's back! The series that taught generations of American's how government works, how the country was founded and how an election works is back. SchoolHouse Rock! hits again in the form of a Limited Edition DVD entitled Election Collection.
The Election Collection is a collection of songs that include "No More Kings," "Shot Heard Round the World," "Suffering Till Suffrage," and "Mother Necessity." With all the songs included, the one that has been a favorite since my first seeing it on ABC back in the day is "I'm Just a Bill."
I was surprised, and a little bit ashamed, that watching the DVD refreshed some areas of history and the workings of government. Nothing Earth shattering, but enough to make you realize that the old adage "if you don't use it, you lose it" is oh so true.
SchoolHouse Rock! was a staple of Saturday morning television throughout the 70s and 80s (and a short time in the 90s) and earned four daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Instructional Series.
The disk is filled with Election themed songs and includes a new song for the DVD called "Presidential Minute." The song has two endings -- one with a male president and one with a female president. But the coolest added goodie with the DVD is the Election Tracking Kit. The Tracking Kit is a SchoolHouse Rock! tricked out map of the United States that comes with blue and red stickers so kids can keep track of the election as it happens this November.
Final Cut: An added bonus when viewing this DVD is the flood of memories that come rushing back. The songs are hip and informative and should translate nicely to the next generation. The only downside is a run time of 49 minutes.
SchoolHouse Rock! Election Collection
Run Time: 49 min.
Producers: Tome Yohe, George Newall, Radford Stone, David McCall
* Election Tracking Kit
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