As a member of Generation X that remembers growing up watching Schoolhouse Rock on TV back in the early 1980's, I was ecstatic to be able to get my hands on this set to be able to share these classic segments with my own children. Admittedly, the animation in these pieces tend to be rather simplistic, and a bit of the animation is reused in them, the catchiness of many of these songs more than make up for this. Besides, the simplistic animation is what gives these segments their distinctiveness uniqueness.
The first disc contains all 46 segments that were produced (which include both the segments produced in Schoolhouse Rock's original run, and the newer segments that were produced when Schoolhouse Rock returned to television in 1994). It also includes the song "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College," which was a new song when this set was released in 2002. This disc also has a play all feature, a shuffle all feature, and a top ten jukebox (the top ten jukebox includes "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here!," "Electricity, Electricity," "Interjections!," "The Preamble," "Three Is A Magic Number," "Interplanet Janet," "A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing," and "The Shot Heard 'Round The World").
The second disc contains a lot of bonus material. There is the long-lost song, "The Weather Song," three of the "Scooter Computer And Mr. Chips" segments, a behind-the-scenes of "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College," a top twenty countdown, four music videos by contemporary artists, and Emmy Awards featurette, the Nike commercial that features "Three Is A Magic Number," audio commentaries, and another copy of "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College." In addition to these features, there is the "Earn Your Diploma" trivia game (where the user answers questions pertaining to the topics covered in the Schoolhouse Rock segments) amd arrange-a-song puzzles. For the puzzles, there is an easy puzzle, and medium puzzle, and a hard puzzle. For each puzzle, the viewer watches a short clip of a segment. After it airs, there are screen shots put on the screen. You select each one to hear the audio that goes with it, and you have to arrange the screen shots in the right order.
Overall, I'm very happy with this DVD release, and my kids really enjoy the songs. My youngest, who can be rather squirmy, has been known to put the first disc in and watch all of the songs on shuffle play and sitting still the whole time. I would really recommend this DVD release to parents, because kids really seem to get an enjoyment out of these songs and segments. I would even recommend this set to members of Generation X who don't have children to have in their collection for the sake of nostalgia.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD that my husband and I purchased.
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