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School House Rock! Election Collection

School House Rock! Election Collection

Spring 2009 DVD
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.95
I smiled the instant I saw the jacket for Schoolhouse Rock: Election Edition. Really, who among us over the age of 35 or so, who are now parents, didn't love all those catchy Schoolhouse Rock songs back in the 1970's? The folks at Disney released this particular set in time for the election last year; smart move on their part, though not particularly necessary for anyone out there who already owned the Schoolhouse Rock: Special 30th Anniversary Edition that featured each and every song we tune we sang along with - and learned from -- on sleepy Saturday mornings.

Anyway, the Election Edition offers up 14 old favorites, including "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College," "Tax Man Max," "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" and, of course, "I'm Just a Bill." The songs remain as playful and patriotic as ever, the animation is deliciously bright and non-fussy, and since the law remains the law, the information imparted in the songs remains accurate all these years later. Among the extras: an entertaining PSA/song entitled "Presidential Minute," and a downloadable educator's guide with web links. Kids today might find the animation a bit old school, but Schoolhouse Rock represents a unique opportunity for parents to relive their youth while sharing a learning experience with their children.

Ian Spelling   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ian Spelling has spent two-plus decades working as a freelance journalist, the past 12 of them as a full-time freelance writer covering movies, television, music and comedy. He's written for The New York Times Syndicate, Reader's Digest, OnDirecTV, SCIFI.COM, TV Guide, The Bergen Record and many other outlets over the years. Spelling, who hails from Merrick, New York -- the home of Amy Fisher, Deborah Gibson and Lindsay Lohan -- currently lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Linda, and their two children, as well as the world's best dog, Oreo.

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