Happy 45th Birthday Schoolhouse Rock! - Amy Brooks

Christmas, learning to ride a bike, swimming in the deep end, having pancakes for dinner and...Schoolhouse Rock!  These are a few of my favorite things.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, defines childhood for us Gen-Xers better than Schoolhouse Rock.  Am I right?

Schoolhouse Rock, that famous series of educational trickery disguised as animated short musicals which ran between mind numbing episodes of Saturday morning cartoons like Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester and Tweety Bird and Bugs Bunny.  Theses amazing little shows were brilliant animations accompanied by musical diddies which most of my family, friends and co-workers can still belt out with passion and accuracy today (me included)!  Pretty sure these 3 minute shows are solely responsible for my knowledge of basic civics, policy, grammar and math facts!

The series aired the original episodes between 1973 and 1986, with a return in 1993 and new episodes airing at least once a year between then and 1996 then it was halted.  So what I'd like to see now is their return to television because I know my kids (9 and 11) would LOVE them too!  I mean not only was Schoolhouse Rock an instant success with us kids but the series has won four Emmys! 

And check THIS out!

As Schoolhouse Rock creators Tom Yohe and George Newall explain...

Various governmental and lobbyist groups requested cassettes of ‘I’m Just a Bill’ to use in their training programs for staffers.

Haha!  That's awesome! I can think of one particular government arm that might benefit from some Schoolhouse rocking.  😉

For a great diversion from work and a trip down memory lane on this TBT, here are some of my favorite Schoolhouse Rock shorts.  Careful, you may be humming them for the rest of the day.

Happy Birthday Schoolhouse Rock!  Thanks for the memories.

-Amy

I'm Just A Bill

Schoolhouse Rock: America - I'm Just a Bill Music Video

The classic Schoolhouse Rock song "I'm Just a Bill." For more information, go to www.DisneyEducation.com.

Boston Tea Party

Tea Party - Schoolhouse Rock - No more Kings

Tea party

Conjunction Junction!

Schoolhouse Rock, conjunction junction

Oldtime '70's grammar cartoons shown on Saturdays. You know, I still can sing this one from memory.

Interjections (lesser known but just as brilliant!)  

Interjections Schoolhouse Rock.

Interjections Schoolhouse Rock Wow! Essra is a very well respected musician and also sang on Sesame Street & is the writer of Cyndi Lauper's "Change of Heart" + songs by Tina Turner, Lisa Fischer, Marty Balin, etc. Essra's videos can be found here on YouTube, btw. Thank you!

Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here

Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here - Schoolhouse Rock

Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here! Sorry for the bad quality video.