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Schoolhouse Rock! - America Rock [VHS] (1973)

Jack Sheldon , Darrell Stern , Tom Warburton  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Sheldon, Darrell Stern, Sue Manchester
  • Directors: Tom Warburton
  • Producers: George Newall, Michael Eisner
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: August 5, 1997
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1569494088
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Once upon a time kids learned many of their school lessons in the three-minute episodes of Schoolhouse Rock. These educational cartoons came on during the commercial breaks of the less-than-edifying Saturday morning fare in the 1970s, and despite their healthy content, kids stayed glued to the screen to sing along to the somewhat psychedelic cartoons. Countless children hummed their way through social studies. The Preamble to the Constitution is much easier to remember when it's set to music. And everyone who saw the cartoon remembers how a bill becomes a law ("Oh, I'm just a bill, a lonely old bill, sitting here on Capitol Hill"). These and eight other shorts make up America Rock, a 30-minute program that will stir patriotism and teach kids a bit of history. Whether you're an adult who remembers fondly his Schoolhouse Rock days or a parent trying to help a child with school, this selection will have you singing that "knowledge is power." A bonus cartoon of "My Hero Zero," performed by the Lemonheads, is included at the end. --Jenny Brown

From the Back Cover

Learning about American history and government is easy when you sing along with America Rock!

No More Kings (The founding of America)
Fireworks (The Declaration of Independence)
The Shot Heard 'Round the World (The start of the Revolution)
The Preamble (The Constitution)
Elbow Room (The pioneers opening the West)
The Great American Melting Pot (The ethnic diversity of America)
Mother Necessity (Great American inventors)
Sufferin' till Suffrage (Women's right to vote)
I'm Just a Bill (How a bill becomes a law)
Three-Ring Government (The judicial, legislative, and executive branches)
Bonus video: My Hero Zero (performed by the Lemonheads)

Schoolhouse Rock takes children on a fantastic scholastic learning adventure! The same great songs you knew and loved as a kid are now available to a whole new generation. Each volume in this special collection features exclusive bonus programming of some of today's hottest rock stars singing their favorite Schoolhouse Rock song! 30 minutes.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America Rock is a timeless classic August 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a video my wife and I used to watch as children of the 70's. I learned the Preamble of the Constitution from watching this on ABC Saturday mornings (We the people...). What a thrill to be able to watch it again. I did not realize how educational it was until I was an adult. The folk/rock songs are quite different from today's popular music but the message is timeless.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars School House Rock, Classic.... January 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
If you were a kid in the 70's, and were glued to your tv every Saturday morning, then you saw the School House Rock segments. These little 3 minute jewels were and still are GREAT. How else would you have learned your multiplication tables, or learned the Preamble. You owe it to yourself, to take a trip down memory lane, to a time when things were simple and fun. If you have kids, buy these tapes. They will love them, and you will love them also. Ohh the memories....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America Rock ROCKS! December 13, 2000
By DHoggan
Format:VHS Tape
I highly recommend all of the Schoolhouse Rock videos. Like many of the other reviewers, I learned my multiplication and got excited about history from these songs years ago during Saturday morning cartoons. Not to mention the fact that my 11th grade History teacher let the whole class off the hook for a homework assignment when we were able to sing the Preamble of the Constitution.
My two year old little girl loves to sing along and although she doesn't realize it yet, she's learning. Maybe someday when she's in High School she'll thank me for getting her Schoolhouse Rock.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeschooling mother of five February 10, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Well, i am here to say this is a fabulous tool! I watched all of these as a child and have shared them with my children. For those of you with the less than 5 star reviews let me say...This is not meant to be an exhaustive history lesson! It is a great way to introduce children to the history of our country. Something that, in my experience, schools made very boring. My children love history. If you find it not as accurate then be the one to take the next step and research it with your kids. I would agree it is geared toward younger kids but not that older kids would find it "stupid" at all! These reviews were pretty harsh. Also, the pilgrims DID plant food. Yes, the indians taught them everything and saved them but i wouldn't call that an inaccuracy. The movie just didn't get that deep into it. Come on now it is only a half hour! I highly recommend this to children of all ages. It opens the door to questions and conversations about our country that may not be raised otherwise. The music is very catchy and stays with you. It is plain and simple fun while being educational at the same time. Don't let the negative reviews sway you. This is a great video series and I highly recommend it!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America Rock Rocks! December 4, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Okay, so it's not Andrew Lloyd Webber. And some of the material presented is not what you'd call politically correct nowadays, if you worry about such things. But the tunes are catchy, the animation is amusing if not inspiring, and there are some valuable historical and political facts scattered throughout the video that more than make up for any shortcomings. I'm another one of those folks who couldn't remember the Preamble without SHR's help (along with the order of the planets, the year the Nineteenth Amendment was adopted, and some other useful factoids) and I am pleased to say that my 3-year-old daughter loves the series as much as I do. Highly recommended as a fun and easy way to get kids interested in history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schoolhouse Rock Shot Heard Round the World November 4, 2002
By jason g
Format:VHS Tape
Michael Sackman
Period 4
It was one night in Concord when an unknown soldier fired the "shot heard round the world" starting the Revolutionary War. This incident is one of the most important in American History. Schoolhouse Rock's comic version of this historic event is very awesome, and I highly recommend it for the following reasons. Firstly, the song has a very catchy tune and lyrics, which will keep a lot of kids humming historical events all day long. Also, the comic mentions all of the most important battles, such as Bunker Hill and the Hessian surprise attack. In addition, it mentions turning points like Bunker Hill, first shot at North Bridge (however doesn't include Saratoga, Trenton, and Princeton). The historical accuracy of the comic is very important in making sure viewers retain the correct information. As well, if someone has never learned anything about the topic of the Revolution they can still get a basic understanding of what is going on. Finally, the pictures, like that of George Washington, make the comic irresistible to all younger viewers. Schoolhouse Rock's The Shot Heard Round the World was an outstanding comic, for all viewers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! THANK YOU for releasing this on video! February 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
These started running in between shows on ABC Saturday morning during the Bicentennial celebrations (1975-1976). And man, what memories! These were and still are great. They kept running for several years and I think ABC finally pulled the plug on them in the early 80's, long after I had outgrown Saturday morning cartoons. They are highly recommended for kids today as a fun way of learning. Both these and the Grammar Rock shows were very effective teaching tools, probably more so than school itself was. I think Science Rock and Multiplication Rock came later after I gave up on Saturday morning TV. If you are a kid, have kids, or watched these on ABC in the mid 70's, this is a must have! Also dig that 70's cultural influence on some of these segments, like "Great American Melting Pot" that is a musical dead ringer for Joni Mitchell, and all the Women's Lib imagery in "Suffering Until Suffrage". They just don't make 'em like this anymore folks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great movie for a history lesson without the teaching
Published 2 months ago by A. F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Have Loved It; Always Will Love It.
I always enjoyed the School House Rock series when I was a kid. Of course, the series had been out for some time before I saw them on VHS. Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by Khali Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars I am SOOOO SICK
No, the School House Rock segments are not all correct, nor are they right on the money, when it comes to History. But, you have to realize, they were never meant to be. Read more
Published on December 27, 2006 by Micah B. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous show!
This was a great show. I can't say anything better than the other reviewers, so I'll just say that this tape is a low-cost alternative to the DVDs that were released if you just... Read more
Published on June 17, 2005 by T. Alexander
1.0 out of 5 stars Ambrose Bierce is a Better Authority
I have rented this video for the sake of a trip down Memory Lane. Of course, fourteen years produce a great shift in gullibility. Read more
Published on July 28, 2004 by Charlotte Tellson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome dude
School House Rock is mad awesome cool! I love all the song, like i'm just a bill. i memorized the preamble cause of the preamble song thing. peace
Published on January 18, 2004 by "metsfan31511"
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
In my history class we listened to this everyday so we could learn the preamble. It was the best part of my day. The songs can be kinda stupid but its still awesome
Published on October 22, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN and meaningful- Also get SCRIPTURE ROCK
Loads of fun and very important when the democratic ideal is getting lost in America.
I bought this and SCRIPTURE ROCK for my kids to give them the full concept of the... Read more
Published on December 24, 2002 by Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars Still As Good As I Remember
Back in 1988 when I was in college we all sat in dining hall one night and sang the School House Rock songs to each other. Read more
Published on November 20, 2002 by ProudBookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars No more kings is good for kids to hear
"No More Kings"
"No More Kings" would be a good song for 5th graders to listen to even though of numerous amount of mistakes in it. Read more
Published on November 6, 2002 by ant
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