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Free to Be You & Me

4.6 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

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Free To Be...You And Me is a journey rich with positive, life-enhancing messages about growth and change. Through a combination of live action, puppetry, and animation, the show promotes positive self-esteem through colorful songs and stories. It explores children's authentic experiences, their dreams and concerns, and their fears and fantasies. Among the highlights are Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks in Boy Meets Girl; football hero Rosey Grier singing It's All Right to Cry; Michael Jackson and Roberta Flack perform When We Grow Up; and Alan Alda narrates the tale of Atalanta. This enchanted fun-filled voyage of discovery is superb for both children and adults to enjoy together. For the 36th Anniversary Edition, this Emmy and Peabody Award winning special has been remastered from the original ABC-TV master tape. In Color, 45 minutes, Not Rated, Special Features include a new introduction by Marlo Thomas; Deleted Scene: Dustin Hoffman in "How I Crossed The Street"; Photo Gallery and Optional English & Spanish Subtitles. Original Full Screen Format (1.33:1)

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  • Actors: Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, Rita Coolidge
  • Directors: Bill Davis, Fred Wolf, Len Steckler
  • Writers: Alan Uger, Betty Miles, Bruce Hart, Carl Reiner, Carole Hart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042DN4TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Free to Be You & Me" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
When my daughter was born, a relative and I wound up reminiscing about this album and how much we both loved it growing up. Next thing I knew, a copy of the DVD arrived as a gift for my daughter and me. The first time I sat down and watched, it brought back all my memories of being a little girl in the 70's. I could even still sing along with the title song! Right now, my daughter is too young to do much except listen as I sing or play music for her, but I hope she grows up enjoying these songs as much as I did. Yes, the visuals are dated, but I believe the messages of these songs are as pertinent now as they were thirty years ago. Best of all, the songs get their messages across without being "preachy." I think this is a fabulous alternative to much of what's out there for kids today, and dated as some elements may be, "Free to Be You and Me" is still a long, long way from going out of style.
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By A Customer on September 3, 2001
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I have been searching for the VHS version of this production for 3 years now. Needless to say, I am beyond excited that it is being re-released on DVD. I was very influenced by this program when I first saw it in the third grade back in 1987. I was just learning how to be a best friend and how to deal with children teasing me for my very long and extremely coarse 'nappy' hair, my 'white' grandmother (she's biracial), and my 'funny' proper accent.
Watching this movie in Mrs. Hammond's 3rd grade class was eye-opening. It taught me that it was okay to cry about things and to talk about how I feel to family, friends, and bullies. I am definitely going to buy this DVD for my 15 month old son and his 1 month old twin sisters so they can enjoy it.
Oh, and the scenes with the baby puppets (a boy and a girl who teach kids about the differences and similarities between girls and boys) are must see--believe me. The scenes are extremely funny--I laugh just thinking about them--and are great for little kids and for dispelling some common social conceptions and misconceptions about gender & gender equality.
This program will re-enforce the lessons my husband and I are trying to teach our kids--epecially since we are a multi-racial family who speaks 3 languages at home and travels between our two homes. DO BUY THIS DVD when it becomes available.
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I recently became obsessed with this movie. I'd seen it in pre-school and somehow remembered the songs, stories, and humorous skits up through college. And I'm not alone! Others like me are frantically searching for this piece of their childhood, perhaps the only video to REALLY say to kids, "Just be yourself." A football player tells boys it's okay to cry, a fairy-tale tells girls they don't have to get married, and Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas approach subjects like gender roles and childcare in four skits that can have even grown-ups laughing out loud. Though the song featuring a young Michael Jackson singing "We don't have to change at all" is extremely ironic and more than a little sad, the video is a fun experience overall. The book and soundtrack are also both wonderful tools to have in raising open-minded children, but I must admit that as cheesy as it sounds, it's the movie that really helped shape my life.
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It's hysterical and pitiful that some of the other 'reviewers' describe this program as though it is some subversive, dangerous, dogmatic propaganda.

WARNING: This program teaches children to love themselves and respect others and we all know how threatening and subversive those values are! Quick run back to the cave and hide! The sky is falling!!

If you believe little boys playing with dolls is sick and threatens their development, then you won't like this program. If you think it's subservise propaganda to tell little girls it's okay for them to be smart and strong, then you won't like this program either. On the other hand, if you are a nurturing parent and some of your goals include teaching your child to have a sense of self, to respect humanity's differences (gasp!) and to empower (double gasp!) them to reach for the stars, then you'll enjoy sharing this program with your kids.
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By dkr on August 5, 2005
Format: DVD
This dvd brings me back to when I was growing up in the 70's. I am happy to share this with my kids. Who can forget the baby puppets in the hospital window trying to figure out if they are boys or girls or Rosie Greer singing "It's Alright to Cry." One of the highlights is the duet by Roberta Flack and a young Michael Jackson singing "You Don't Have to Change at All." I am so happy I am able to have this piece of my childhood to share.
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This movie was one of earliest memories of kindergarden. I loved this movie after only seeing it once. However, ever since then I have been trying and trying to see it again. Every year since I turned 18 I have asked if it was out on VHS or DVD. Finally, Amazon had it! Thanks.
This movie brought me so much in the way I live my life. To love others, to respect others - but most of all Respect and Love myself!!
My most memoriable scene is the baby scene with Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas "are you a girl baby or a boy baby" - making me realize that it did not matter when it came to friends or coworkers.
People make such a big deal that Michael Jackson is in this - I really never remembered this fact. But I did remember Rosie Grier and that made it more memoriable later in life when I learned he knits and when I actually met this remarkable man.
My Dog is A Plumber made me realize as a child that poety can be fun. Even though this was never my strong point nor my field in life, I still appreciate poety to this day because of this first little poem.
And finally, Parents are People allowed me to realize at an ealy age that my parents could make mistakes. This allowed me to get mad at them without hating them when they punished me. Which has (hopefully) made me a better adult in society.
Thank you Marlo, each person and voice in the movie, and thank you Amazon!
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