Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection
Running Time: 49 minutes (15 shorts)
Release Date: September 23, 2008
So, here we are on the eve of the 2008 presidential election. A couple firsts this time around: first African-American presidential candidate (Barack Obama), and the first female Vice-Presidential candidate (Sarah Palin). Oh, and it’s the first time in 20 years that a Clinton or Bush isn’t on the presidential ticket! What better way to drum up some patriotic spirit than with Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection?
Still relevant after all these years, this collection of fifteen cartoons set to catchy tunes educates as well as entertains. Like the title states, all of the cartoons featured relate to the U.S. government, its history, its inner workings, and even a cartoon on energy that would make Al Gore happy.
If you’ve seen them before, you’ll enjoy them again. And, if you’ve never experienced Schoolhouse Rock! this is a great introduction to this long-running series of educational cartoon shorts.
My favorites on this DVD include: “Tax Man Max,” “Tyrannosaurus Debt,” “I’m Just A Bill,” and “I’m Gonna Send Your Vote To College.” What makes these shorts all the more timely and relevant is the fact that they all relate to current issues in the news.
Taxes are always at the forefront of people’s minds; America’s debt has skyrocketed since the recent Wall Street debacle and war on terror; bills are passed around Congress and to the President daily; and we’re all about to see once again the (in)effectiveness of the Electoral College (this depends on your opinion of the outcome of the 2000 election).
Not only will you finish this collection with a smile on your face and a tune in your head that won’t soon leave, but you’ll also have learned something new about America and its system of government.
So, sit back, relax and get ready to learn with Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection.
I vote the Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection gets an A! It comes with a super-cool Election Tracking Kit, so right there it’s an automatic A!!!
Here’s “I’m Just A Bill”: