School House Rock

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School House Rock

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Release history:
The soundtrack to Multiplication Rock was released on LP (Capitol 11174) in 1973 and on CD (Capitol 91253) in 1989. The discs are in stereo, but missing some foley from the broadcast versions. (see also reissues and covers)

Filmstrips and 16mm films of Multiplication Rock, Grammar Rock, America Rock and Science Rock (hereafter The Big Four) were available to schools and libraries from Xerox Films. The film prints (and possibly the filmstrips) came with teachers' aides which included lyrics, questions for students and activities.

In 1987 The Big Four were released by Golden Book Video on four VHS tapes. Cloris Leachman and "a group of young friends" sang and danced to new between-segment songs not produced by the original team. The tapes were missing The Good Eleven, Little Twelvetoes, and Three-Ring Government and America Rock was renamed History Rock. The videos were re-released on VHS (Aug. 8, 1995) and laserdisc (Dec. 13, 1995) by Capital Cities/ABC Video Publishers, restoring the missing segments and removing Ms. Leachman and friends.

CD-ROMs and at least two music folios were released in 1996.

Released Apr. 9, 1996 School House Rock! Rocks featured new versions of SHR songs performed by contemporary rock stars.

School House Rock, the Box Set was released June 18, 1996 and featured 41 songs on 4 CDs. Disc 1 featured the stereo versions of Multiplication Rock plus a bonus track, My Hero, Zero by The Lemonheads. Discs 2-4 featured mono versions of the songs (probably directly from film) except The Preamble which is in stereo, and Verb which has an extremely small amount of separation. Episodes made in the 1990s were made in stereo and are presented in stereo in the box. The four discs were released separately, minus The Lemonheads track, on Apr. 1, 1997.

Another tribute album, School House Rocks the Vote was released Aug. 18, 1998. It featured various artists covering School House Rock songs. Among the artists were Grady Tate singing Messin' with My Bill of Rights!, I'm Just a Bill by Joan Osborne and South Park's Isaac Hayes, and The Campaign Trail by Bob Dorough.

A sampler CD, The Best of School House Rock was released Nov. 3, 1998, featuring songs by the original artists. I Got Six was named Best Picture of 1973 by ASIF-East, a chapter of the International Animated Film Association. Multiplication Rock received honors from Action for Children's Television. Bob Dorough received an Grammy nomination in 1974 for the Multiplication Rock LP, probably for Best Recording for Children (the winner was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too). Most impressive was SHR's 4 Emmys, beating out shows like Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Each discipline has been given its own season. Years of first airing are listed below as original airdates are likely lost forever. 1973 Multiplication Rock (season 1) (premiered 06-Jan-73) 1973-1977 Grammar Rock (season 2) (premiered 08-Sep-73) 1975-1979 America Rock (season 3) 1978-1979 Science Rock (season 4) (premiered 11-Mar-78) 1983-1984 Scooter Computer & Mr. Chips (season 5) (premiered 08-Jan-83) (last show 31-Aug-85) 1995-1996 Money Rock (season 6) Years of first broadcast for each episode are given in the production code field.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Clever Educational Bits

    9.0
    Various ep (02-04)
  • One of my childhood favorites.

    10
    When I was little, my parents got me VHS tapes of 'Schoolhouse Rock' and I really enjoyed watching them over and over again. It was one of my most favorite things to watch as a little kid. I love how they have music videos that teach about different things such as math, science, history, grammer and such. Some of the music videos are hilarious to watch and they are very entertaining for little kids. This is defenitly one of the top shows I recommand for kids of all ages. It's entertaining and it helps them learn more about what they need to learn about. I think this is a series that they should air on TV more so that more kids can see it and learn stuff. It's almost as good as 'Sesame Street'.moreless
  • I grew up with this show and it's because of this very same show that I got so good with mathematics. I used to watch this show all of the time and if you want to teach your kids the easy way of Math watching School House Rock is the way to go.moreless

    9.5
    I'm like the human calculator on the block and it's all thanks to the best show that teaches kids the true and easy way of Math and that is School House Rock. If it weren't for this very show I would be an absolute idiot! (No Offense). I think this is a great show for both kids and adults because when I was young my mother and I sat down and watched this show all the time. This show is so entertaining to watch it's like watching The Pink Panther Cartoon Classics all over again. So I give this show and unquestionably 5 stars.moreless
  • "I’m Just A Bill". That song still plays in my head when I'm watching our real lawmaker on one of the cable news channels. Of course the lawmakers aren’t as dimensional or lifelike as the cartoon characters.moreless

    10
    School House Rocked.



    The other day my wife Donna wanted to send some DVDs to her nephews (ages four and six). She thought that the Schoolhouse Rock series would be good gift. Donna called her sister and asked if she thought the boys might like a Schoolhouse Rock DVD. Donna's sister did not know what she was talking about. Donna said, "You know Conjunction Junction what’s your function?" How could someone who was a child living in the United States between the years 1973 and 1985 not know about School House Rock.



    My friend Zadra and her band "The Willies" sing a cover of "Interjections!". Governmental and lobbyist groups requested cassettes of "I'm Just A Bill" to learn how a bill becomes a law. I started thinking about how many times Schoolhouse Rock helped me out in school and beyond because by now I couldn't get "Conjunction Junction" out of my head.



    First there was "Multiplication Rock". My favorite was "Three Is A Magic Number". Those football players were very helpful in teaching me to multiply by 3. Sadly I found out that player # 30 died of brain cancer caused by steroid use.



    "Grammar Rock" was helpful in teaching me that "A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing", although I got distracted from the intended lesson when I saw a white Chubby Checker in the cartoon. "Interjections" was made more fun when we realized that profanity counted as an interjection. We would sing a dirtier version of the song on the playground.



    "America Rock" came out during the time of the Bicentennial and the timing could not be more perfect, in school we were given the assignment of memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution. We proudly told our teacher that we already knew it thanks to America Rock’s "The Preamble". My high school civics teacher skipped over how a bill becomes a law because we were all familiar with "I’m Just A Bill". That song still plays in my head when I'm watching our real lawmaker on one of the cable news channels. Of course the lawmakers aren’t as dimensional or lifelike as the cartoon characters.



    I wish "Science Rock" had done a song about the atom. That would been a big help in my high school science class.



    I was very fortunate. Sesame Street first aired when I was four years old. Schoolhouse Rock first aired when I was in elementary school. It's sad that I know more people who buy the Schoolhouse Rock DVD for themselves in the name of nostalgia than people who buy the Schoolhouse Rock DVD for their kids in the name of education. These songs have stood the test of time. I would hope that if there is no place for Schoolhouse Rock on broadcast TV then there would be a place on a cable channel like Nickelodeon or N O G G I N.



    To quote the girl at the end of Interjections, "DARN! That's the end!"



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    Tony Figueroamoreless
  • Learning was never more catchy.

    8.6
    This was a great, revolutionary, extremely influential show. It widely accepted that Grammar Rock was the show\'s pinnacle, which such sensational songs as \"Unpack Your Adjectives\", \"Verb: That\'s What\'s Happening\", and of course \"Conjunction Junction\". My personal preference is for America Rocks, with was admitedly more hit-or-miss, but gave us \"I\'m Just A Bill\", which to my knowledge is the only way anyone has ever learned how a bill becomes a law. For those of you who grew up without this delightful and education gem, my sincerest pity.



    I would like to state for the record that the song \"Preamble to the Constitution\" does not contain a verbatim recitation. The actual preamble begins \"We the people of the Unites States of America, in order to...\", but the song leaves out \"of the United States\". I acknowledge the difference and ask that anyone who reads this never address it again as it is entirely trifling and irrelevant.



    I would be remissed not to mention Multiplication Rock. It was never my favorite, however \"Three is a Magic Number\" is quite catchy, as are \"My Hero, Zero\" and \"Naughty Number Nine\". I\'ve always found \"Figure Eight\" greatly depressing. But, you know, in a good way.



    There are a great many songs I haven\'t mentioned. Namely, those focusing on the topic of science. All the science songs are rubbish. Including the computer-y ones. The show clearly fell off toward the end. Stick to Grammar, Multiplication, and America, and you\'ll be the better for it. That\'s just my opinion. But it\'s true.moreless
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    • It's on DVD Now
      I have all of them on DVD now. I used the History Rock with my 5th Grade American History class. They loved it.
      03/21/10
      2
    • Presidenital Minute
      I have a new Schoolhouse Rock song from Election Collection DVD. It's called Presidential Minute sung by Jack Sheldon and music by...
      12/10/08
      3
    • rock on
      Ha this show is alright.  The songs get stuck in your head really easily.
      11/20/08
      6
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