Schoolhouse Rock! - America Rock [VHS]

 
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Once upon a time kids learned many of their school lessons in the three-minute episodes of Schoolhouse Rock. These educational cartoons came on during the commercial breaks of the less-than-edifying Saturday morning fare in the 1970s, and despite their healthy content, kids stayed glued to the screen to sing along to the somewhat psychedelic cartoons. Countless children hummed their way through social studies. The Preamble to the Constitution is much easier to remember when it's set to music. And everyone who saw the cartoon remembers how a bill becomes a law ("Oh, I'm just a bill, a lonely old bill, sitting here on Capitol Hill"). These and eight other shorts make up America Rock, a 30-minute program that will stir patriotism and teach kids a bit of history. Whether you're an adult who remembers fondly his Schoolhouse Rock days or a parent trying to help a child with school, this selection will have you singing that "knowledge is power." A bonus cartoon of "My Hero Zero," performed by the Lemonheads, is included at the end. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews:

  • No More Kings Review
    I read the lyrics to the cartoon, "No More Kings." Most of the information was correct, but some wasn't. It's wonderful that your turning history into fun lyrics for children, it's just that it would be better if all the information was right. For example, there is a big time gap that confused me at first. The lyrics also say that, "They were missin' mother England" which they weren't. Another verse that was incorrect was when they said, "They planted corn you know." It wasn't entirely wrong though. They did plant corn, just not by themselves, the Indians helped them. The line, "They hoped to find a better home" could've been more specific. It would've been better if it said that they hoped to live in the Americas because that's what they wanted. Overall, I think it could've been more accurate....more info
  • Still As Good As I Remember
    Back in 1988 when I was in college we all sat in dining hall one night and sang the School House Rock songs to each other. There, in our twenties, all of us could well remember the music and lyrics. Taking these songs off the air was the worst decision for Saturday morning cartoons ever made. They are fun, educational, memorable, instructive and their goal is not to get a parent to buy something (well, that explains why they are no longer on the air regularly). I loved them as a 5, 6, 7 year old and have never stopped (along with the majority of my generation). In fact, when I sat through my law school class about how a bill becomes a law I could not get the "I am a Bill" song out of my head and every time I hear someone describe a verb without using an adverb I have to wonder, did they ever see Lolly?...more info
  • Schoolhouse Rock Project-Review
    To Whom it Concerns:

    "No more Kings" was an educational and fun-filled video which, on the whole, was an accurate source, yet there could be improvements made. I perused the lyrics and found though the basis of the song was factual, some parts were grossly fabricated, such as the Pilgrim's missing "Mother England" and that tea and property were the only items/possessions that were taxed. Also, you skipped some very crucial items such as Jamestown, and help from Squanto, who basically showed them how to keep themselves alive by living on and cultivating the land. The song quickly progresses, sometimes skipping more than 100 years between events. However, considering the rhythm of the song, the song didn't stray far from the truth or topic, and I feel it was a valuable way to spend my time, and learn....more info
  • History rock Review
    "No More Kings," the Schoolhouse rock cartoon is very insubstantial and partially incorrect. One reason for this is because there is some false information, particularly about why the pilgrims came to America, and what happened when they got there. Second, there is too big a jump in time. The cartoon goes from the pilgrims to the actual colonies, and some students may think that the colonies came right after the pilgrims. In addition to there being too big a gap of time, the cartoon needs more detail. After I read it and heard, I was asking myself why these events happened, and were there any other events. Lastly, besides having more detail about events, this cartoon needs more detail about certain people. I didn't see the names Squanto, George Washington, John Adams, mentioned anywhere. Please, do not buy this cartoon, the editors need to add information to it to make it complete and educational....more info
  • America Rock Rocks!
    Okay, so it's not Andrew Lloyd Webber. And some of the material presented is not what you'd call politically correct nowadays, if you worry about such things. But the tunes are catchy, the animation is amusing if not inspiring, and there are some valuable historical and political facts scattered throughout the video that more than make up for any shortcomings. I'm another one of those folks who couldn't remember the Preamble without SHR's help (along with the order of the planets, the year the Nineteenth Amendment was adopted, and some other useful factoids) and I am pleased to say that my 3-year-old daughter loves the series as much as I do. Highly recommended as a fun and easy way to get kids interested in history....more info
  • No More Kings
    No more Kings was a mediocre cartoon. The song was fairly accurate, and also was missing some major things. The cartoon was missing the years in between 1620, and 1750. That definitely confused me, and could confuse other people. The cartoon was also misleading when it said that the pilgrims were in America first, which when the Indians were there first. The song also said that the pilgrims grew their own food and built their houses, when the Indians taught them to do that. Although the cartoon was a little bit false, it still was fairly accurate when it explained how America was independent. The lyrics of the song were also right when it mentioned the Boston Tea Party. To improve this cartoon, the writers would have to adjust the mistakes, and make them true. No more Kings was a mediocre cartoon about the times before the revolution....more info
  • Homeschooling mother of five
    Well, i am here to say this is a fabulous tool! I watched all of these as a child and have shared them with my children. For those of you with the less than 5 star reviews let me say...This is not meant to be an exhaustive history lesson! It is a great way to introduce children to the history of our country. Something that, in my experience, schools made very boring. My children love history. If you find it not as accurate then be the one to take the next step and research it with your kids. I would agree it is geared toward younger kids but not that older kids would find it "stupid" at all! These reviews were pretty harsh. Also, the pilgrims DID plant food. Yes, the indians taught them everything and saved them but i wouldn't call that an inaccuracy. The movie just didn't get that deep into it. Come on now it is only a half hour! I highly recommend this to children of all ages. It opens the door to questions and conversations about our country that may not be raised otherwise. The music is very catchy and stays with you. It is plain and simple fun while being educational at the same time. Don't let the negative reviews sway you. This is a great video series and I highly recommend it!!...more info
  • FUN and meaningful- Also get SCRIPTURE ROCK
    Loads of fun and very important when the democratic ideal is getting lost in America.
    I bought this and SCRIPTURE ROCK for my kids to give them the full concept of the American ideal....more info
  • This is awesome dude
    School House Rock is mad awesome cool! I love all the song, like i'm just a bill. i memorized the preamble cause of the preamble song thing. peace...more info
  • No more kings is good for kids to hear
    "No More Kings"

    "No More Kings" would be a good song for 5th graders to listen to even though of numerous amount of mistakes in it. This would be a good song for kids nine and ten years old to hear because it gives a basic layout of the Revolutionary War and how it started. The information that I had added was from an 8th grade history book that may be advanced for 5th grade knowledge. If I were a parent I would definitely buy this for my child, nothing is inaccurate buy some things are missing that are crucial to the start of the war. Even though they left out the Intolerable Acts, and Tea and Stamp Acts, it doesn't matter because these children will learn about that when they are in our grade. It is definitely a great introduction to the Revolutionary War, no doubt about that!...more info

  • Fabulous show!
    This was a great show. I can't say anything better than the other reviewers, so I'll just say that this tape is a low-cost alternative to the DVDs that were released if you just want a little of the show for nostalgic purposes....more info
  • No More Kings-An fun and educational video
    Jason Goode
    Period 4
    11/4/02

    It was one of the most significant events in American History when the Americans revolutionized against the British. The Schoolhouse Rock version of this event, entitled "No More Kings", is very entertaining and educational for children between the ages of seven and ten. It was appropriate and fun for the following reasons. Firstly, the creators simplified the events, therefore making it easier for children to comprehend. Secondly, it is illustrated with humorous cartoons, so that it is fun to watch and listen to. In addition, it is simply is educational, and will give kids a jump start on American History. Lastly, since the song is shown on television, the events in history, such as the Boston Tea Party were drawn out. Visuals always help young children remember things. As parents or teachers can tell, "No More Kings" is a great way to get kids or students to learn our country's history while having fun....more info

  • Ambrose Bierce is a Better Authority
    I have rented this video for the sake of a trip down Memory Lane. Of course, fourteen years produce a great shift in gullibility. I hated this video for its teaching of American ideology in perhaps the least open manner imaginable. For example, in ...more info
  • AWESOME!!
    Yes, well it is a video, not the popular DVD, but I loved it!! Anyone who remembers the Original School House Rock, will love this compilation and any others. Given the poor shows for children now-a-days, this is one you can share with your kiddo - both fun and educational with none of the irritating flashing lights in cartoons today. ENJOY and God Bless America!!...more info
  • I love it
    In my history class we listened to this everyday so we could learn the preamble. It was the best part of my day. The songs can be kinda stupid but its still awesome...more info
  • No More Kings
    The American Revolution is an important event that students learn in Social Studies class. "NO More Kings" is a cartoon discussing events from the American Revolutionary War. This cartoon was wicked awesome. Most of the information was correct. Only a little part of the lyrics were inaccurate. There were a lot of key events that were left out such as, the Stamp and Townsend acts. Also, the harsh winter the colonists had with the Indians and Squanto were left out. The illustrations of the cartoon were a great way to show what life was like back in the1770's. To improve this cartoon, fix the inaccurate information and missing events. This cartoon is for a 5th grade age level. Overall "No more kings" had its highs and lows....more info
  • I am SOOOO SICK
    No, the School House Rock segments are not all correct, nor are they right on the money, when it comes to History. But, you have to realize, they were never meant to be. Our text books in school are not 100% accurate either. SHR was never meant to be 100% accurate. It was created to make kids think, and present the material in a way where it would be fun. Yes, alot is left out, but alot more is in there also. Im am so sick of people trying to be so POLITICALLY CORRECT these days. GET OVER IT, and just accept School House Rock for what it is. A teaching tool, aimed at kids, watching Saturday morning cartoons. GEEESH. Get over it everybody. ...more info
  • America Rock, "The Shot Heard Round the World."
    "The Shot Heard Round the World" was an inaccurate and incorrect song and video about the American Revolution. It is geared toward young children and teaches them about the battles of the War. It is somewhat historically accurate, though there are some major faults. A few major battles are left out, including Princeton, Vincennes, and Saratoga, even though it does contain the outcome of the Battle of Saratoga. Another example of a minor error in this song is in the beginning, when Paul Revere says, "The British are comin'!" "The British are comin'!" This is incorrect because he and most other people at that time still considered themselves British. It also states that the British fired the first shot of the War, but no one really knows what side fired first. Another mistake is that the song says that the Patriots won the admiration of French and Spain. This is wrong because the French joined them to get back at their rivals, and only realized the Patriots would win after the Battle of Saratoga. It has many other major errors, and is giving young children the wrong information about the American Revolution. Some suggestions would be to revise the song and make it historically accurate. They should also work on the coloring and animation of the video. Many older kids wouldn't enjoy this video because of its incorrect information and terrible animation....more info
  • Schoolhouse Rock - The Shot Heard Round the World
    It was one of the most significant events in American History when the Americans revolutionized against the British. The schoolhouse Rock version of this event, entitled "No More Kings", is very entertaining and educational for children between the ages of seven through ten, It was appropriate and fun for the following reasons. Firstly, creators simplified the events, therefore making it easier for children to comprehend. Secondly, it is illustrated with humorous cartoons, so that it is fun to watch and listen to. In addition, it is simply educational and will give kids a jump start on American History. Lastly, since the song is shown on television, the events in history, such as the Boston Tea Party, are drawn out. Visuals always help young children remember things. As parents and teachers can tell, "No More Kings" is a great way to get children and students to learn our country's history while having fun....more info
  • No More Kings
    The American Revolution was a significant event in American history that children learn about in Schoolhouse Rock's fantastic educational cartoon, "No More Kings". First of all, by watching "No More Kings" young children can experience a new approach of learning American history while having an enjoyable time. However, the cartoon wouldn't be very appropriate for older children. Additionally, the cartoon gives the children a basic outline allowing them to have al least an idea of what happened during the American Revolution. Another reason the video is great for kids is that the illustrations help youngsters understand the lyrics as they are listening to the song. Lastly, the information provided to the children in the lyrics of the song is generally historically accurate with what really happened in history. There are only some minor incorrect details stated in the song. However, a suggestion for improving the cartoon would be adding a bit more detail to the lines of the song. In conclusion, "No More Kings" is a great cartoon for educating young children regarding the American Revolution....more info
  • America Rock, "The Shot Heard Round the World."
    "The Shot Heard Round the World" was an inaccurate and incorrect song and video about the American Revolution. It is geared toward young children and teaches them about the battles of the War. It is somewhat historically accurate, though there are some major faults. A few major battles are left out, including Princeton, Vincennes, and Saratoga, but it does contain the outcome of Saratoga. These were very important battles and should not have been left out. Another example of a minor error in this song is in the beginning, when Paul Revere says, "The British are coming!" "The British are coming!" This is incorrect because he and most other people at that time still considered themselves British. It also states that the British fired the first shot of the War, but no one really knows what side fired first. Another mistake is that the song says that the Patriots won the admiration of France and Spain. This is wrong because the French joined them to get back at the British for the French and Indian War, and only realized that the Patriots would be the winning side after the Battle of Saratoga. It has many other major errors, and is giving young children a basic, but partially inaccurate, view of the war. Some suggestions would be to revise the song and make it historically accurate. They should also work on the coloring and animation of the video. Many old kids wouldn't enjoy this video because of its incorrect information and terrible animation....more info
  • Schoolhouse Rock Shot Heard Round the World
    Michael Sackman
    10/29/02
    Period 4

    It was one night in Concord when an unknown soldier fired the "shot heard round the world" starting the Revolutionary War. This incident is one of the most important in American History. Schoolhouse Rock's comic version of this historic event is very awesome, and I highly recommend it for the following reasons. Firstly, the song has a very catchy tune and lyrics, which will keep a lot of kids humming historical events all day long. Also, the comic mentions all of the most important battles, such as Bunker Hill and the Hessian surprise attack. In addition, it mentions turning points like Bunker Hill, first shot at North Bridge (however doesn't include Saratoga, Trenton, and Princeton). The historical accuracy of the comic is very important in making sure viewers retain the correct information. As well, if someone has never learned anything about the topic of the Revolution they can still get a basic understanding of what is going on. Finally, the pictures, like that of George Washington, make the comic irresistible to all younger viewers. Schoolhouse Rock's The Shot Heard Round the World was an outstanding comic, for all viewers....more info

 

 
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