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The Best of Schoolhouse Rock! - 30th Anniversary Edition [VHS] (1973)

Jack Sheldon , Darrell Stern , Tom Warburton  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,172 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, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063W82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Schoolhouse Rock, the timeless collection of animated songs that taught an entire generation that knowledge is power, is back in this special 30th Anniversary Edition. THE BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK features the Top 25 songs as voted by Schoolhouse Rock fans everywhere in an online poll. Now every day can feel like Saturday morning as you sing along with "I'm Just A Bill," "Three Is A Magic Number," "Interjections!" and the rest of your favorite tunes. Featuring a brand-new, soon-to-be-a-classic animated song by the original series' creators, these all-time Schoolhouse Rock favorites will keep you rockin all day long!

Admit it: if it weren't for Schoolhouse Rock, you probably couldn't recite the preamble to the Constitution, and you might be fuzzy on the function of conjunctions, too. All the more reason to cue up the 30th-anniversary video, which culls 25 fan-selected favorites ("I'm Just a Bill," "My Hero Zero") plus a new, informative and wacky Electoral College number. The countdown, kind of like Casey Kasem's of the same era, reaches out to old-school Schoolhouse Rockers with instant recognizability (number 25 is the frontier-busting "Elbow Room"), but better yet, the science, math, grammar, and history bits burst through the decades dust bunny-free--verbs are still happening, and Interplanet Janet's intergalactic gusto still seems groovy. Turn it off halfway though and a flurry of interjections from a new flock of 4- to 10-year-olds may fly. --Tammy La Gorce

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554 of 564 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars List of Songs July 20, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
This is a list of all the songs in the video. This list is arranged by subject. In the video, the songs are arranged by popularity.
America Rock:
Elbow Room
Mother Necessity
Great American Melting-pot
No More Kings
The Shot Heard 'Round the World
The Preamble to the Constitution
I'm just a Bill (my personal favorite)
special bonus: Electoral College
Grammar Rock:
Rufus Xavier Sasparilla (pronouns)
Unpack your Adjectives
A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing
Interjections! (my other favorite)
Lolly Lolly Lolly (adverbs)
Conjunction Junction
Science Rock:
Them not-so-dry bones
Telegraph line
Interplanet Janet
Math Rock and Money Rock:
Naughty Number 9
Dollars and Sense
Elementary, my dear
Here I come (counting by 5s)
Figure 8
My Hero Zero
Three is a magic number
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461 of 471 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic, and still effective, edutainment September 10, 2002
This material does seem a bit dated, so it's easy to forget that this was a radical idea when it first came out -- learning can be fun! It still is, thanks to the reissue of the material found on this two-disc set. Shortly after receiving a complimentary copy, my husband was singing along to old favorites and our toddler was having a grand old time learning the songs. All original 46 songs from the show are here, as well as the brand new "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College", about the electoral college, and a lost song, "The Weather Show". There are also three songs with the series' only continuing characters, Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips.
You can view a full selection list or see items grouped into categories of Grammar Rock, Science Rock, Multiplication Rock, America Rock or Money Rock, and a jukebox capability allows you to make playlists of songs to be played in order or on shuffle. There's a short trivia game with quizzes and word scrambles, puzzles, four music videos (by the Lemonheads and others) singing SHR songs to the SHR video, a featurette about the show's Emmy wins, a Nike commercial using a SHR song, and fun, interesting commentary by several of the SHR team. This dvd version is terrific, demonstrating that the Schoolhouse Rock team is still just as dedicated to quality programming and education as it ever was. The accompanying booklet is packed with color and information -- including the words to eleven songs.
Very nicely done and highly recommended, not only for nostalgic value, but for its continuing ability to inform and entertain.
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348 of 357 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the American Consciousness October 5, 2004
Schoolhouse Rock is an unusual American cultural phenomenon. Nearly every person who grew up after the late Sixties is familiar with the series. How ubiquitous is it? I would predict that if you started humming "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just a Bill," or "Three Is a Magic Number" in a room of a dozen people, three-quarters would know the reference and at least a couple would probably join in humming or singing the words.

This is unimpeachable stuff. To say that this 2-disc set is definitive is to do injustice to the word "definitive." EVERYTHING you would ever want to know about Schoolhouse Rock is here. All forty-six cartoons ever done for the series are included, even the "Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips" series that looked at computers. The electoral college toon that was done later is part of this collection, too.

The extras on the second disc are outstanding. In addition to Scooter Computer and the rarely seen "The Weather Show," you get a behind the scenes look at the electoral college song, a Top 20 countdown of the best in the series, a puzzle game that features the songs, four music videos of the songs arranged by contemporary pop/rock groups, a feature on the Emmy Awards won by the series, commentary by the creators, and more.

The navigation design of the DVD is superb. Only want to see the "Multiplication Rock" or "America Rock" toons? You can select the specific series you want, play all within a series, or pick each specific toon from a series. You can also choose to play all forty-six toons or just the ones chosen by fans as the top ones. There's a built-in shuffle feature as well. Every DVD should be this easy to navigate and use.

Even the booklet that comes with this edition is helpful.
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good-For-You Cartoon DVD March 10, 2004
After hearing my preschooler memorize and recite pointless nursery rhymes, I decided to put her brain to better use. Enter "Schoolhouse Rock." Now, instead of hearing about four-and-twenty blackbirds baked in a pie, I'm hearing "12x8 is the same as 10x8 plus 2x8... 80 plus 16 is 96." Yes, really. Her grandmother was equally impressed when asked "What's a conjunction?"
Schoolhouse Rock presents Multiplication, Grammar, American History, and Science and Computers in all it's emmy-winning glory. The music -- rock, jazz, bluegrass and country -- are masterfully produced and yes, danceable. The cartoons are hip, funny, well-crafted and support the curriculum well. It's education with attitude.
Here's the best part: it is fun! Give your children the remote and let them repeat their favorites over and over again. Before you know it, they'll have a brain packed full of good stuff. I can't tell you how many grammar quizzes I passed by remembering the lyrics "Lolly Lolly Lolly get your adverbs here," "then I unpacked my adjectives," and "a noun is a person place or thing." Many of my friends hummed the tune of "the preamble" to the constitution during history exams.
There is only one drawback -- some of the songs use improper English like "ain't." There is a jukebox feature on each component which allows you to select which tracks to play, so you can omit those if you like.
I'd also recommend the CD Box Set or the individual CDs to reinforce the material, but not in place of the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad my grandchildren are able to enjoy them too
I remember many of the "Schoolhouse Rock" from Saturday mornings when I was a child. I am so glad my grandchildren are able to enjoy them too! Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks!
Conjunction Junction,what's your function?Great way for everyone to learn about words, phrases,and all the things I learned growing up 50 years ago! You have to watch this DVD!
Published 2 days ago by Richard P. Holstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars they enjoyed both discs so much they got excited learning it ...
this was a blast from the past watching this with my kids. they enjoyed both discs so much they got excited learning it was a great buy.
Published 3 days ago by niki conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember this from when my daughters were children. ...
I remember this from when my daughters were children. I can still sing the "Preamble to the Constitution". Read more
Published 4 days ago by Virginia Danieu
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
OMG, brings back so many memories and now the kids are learnng things they don't even teach in school anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by MIRIAN GILBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!
Published 5 days ago by kenny golden
5.0 out of 5 stars It's fun to watch and a learning tool too
I bought it for my son's 45 birthday. He will be able to take a trip down memory lane and then share it with his young daughter. It's fun to watch and a learning tool too. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Toni Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Rocks!
This works as well on my kids now as it did on me 30 years ago. The people who put this together were absolutely genius.
Published 8 days ago by barbara neelands
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this dvd...
I LOVED this dvd... I am currently in my last forties, but when I played this dvd, I was a big child again (LOL). I am so shocked that I remembered ALL these songs. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nettie T
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