Friday, September 19, 2008

SchoolHouse Rock

September 19, 2008

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Saturday Morning Cartoons, Adjectives, Bills, and Interjections. Today's Friday Flashback is also brought to you by that Hero Zero, Lolly's Adverbs and a Conjunction or two.

As your body grows bigger,

You mind grows flowered

It's great to learn

'Cause knowledge is Power!

The Schoolhouse Rock story begins with David McCall. McCall was an advertising executive with sons struggling in school. Specifically, they had trouble remembering their multiplication tables. However, Papa McCall discovered that they had no problem remembering the words to popular rock songs. McCall decided to have one of those peanut butter in the chocolate moments and combine the two. He hired Bob Dorough to write the songs and Tom Yohe to animate.

The idea for Schoolhouse Rock was to coerce the Saturday Cartoons People to reduce each episode by 3 minutes and have the folks at General Mills foot the bill. At the time, McCall's advertising agency had ABC and General Mills as clients. Convenient, huh?

Thanks to various sponsors, the Schoolhouse Rock series remained on air from 1973 to 1986. In the 1990s (funny how I have to put the '19' in that) the shows were shown sporadically. In 2001, the whole concept was canned. After a large public outcry (remember the picket lines?!), the Schoolhouse Rockers decided to sell the episodes on DVD. And wouldn't you know... the rabidrunner was first in line to buy her copy.

Hey! That's smart. Ouch! That hurts. Yow! That's not fair. Givin' a guy a shot down there!

The Preamble
And he put those principles down on paper and called it the Constitution!

Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla
He, Him, and His are pronouns!

Figure 8
Figure 8 is double 4, figure 4 is half of 8! If you skate it would be great if you could make a figure 8. That's a circle that turns round upon itself!

The Shot Heard 'Round the World
The British are coming!

A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing

I'm Just a Bill
It's a long, long journey to the capital city.

Lolly Lolly Lolly get your Adverbs Here
Anything you need we can make it absolutely clear!

Unpack Your Adjectives
I unpacked Frustrating first. Reached in and found the word worst!


Lisa said...

My kids LOVE Schoolhouse Rock and I often find myself singing "lolly, lolly, lolly, get your adverbs here . . ." especially while playing Mad Libs (we have great fun ;) My favorites are conjunction function and 3 is a magic number. We've got the CD with modern bands covering many of the songs too. Just call us NERDS!

Lois said...

Oh my goodness. I used to get up early every Saturday morning just to watch "School House Rock." I could never remember which channel they were on (ABC) and I would get so mad when a whole morning would go by and I would miss them.

Must admit I'm a fan of "They were suffering until Suffrage." Sisters unite!

I especially love all the "Right On"s in the songs. Awesome!!!