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Schoolhouse Rock!
School House Rock!
Genre Educational

Comedy

Animation

Musical

Created by David McCall
Starring Jack Sheldon

Darrell Stern

Sue Manchester

Bob Dorough

Lynn Ahrens

Tom Yohe Jr.

Lauren Yohe

Tom Yohe

Sam Soto

Opening theme Schoolhouse Rock Theme
Ending theme Schoolhouse Rock Theme (Instrumental version)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 64 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes (video release)

60 minutes (25th anniversary special)

Production company(s) Nickelodeon Productions
Distributor

Sony Wonder (1995–1996)

Paramount Domestic Television (1996–present)

Release
Original network Nickelodeon (1995–2002)

Nicktoons (2002–2009)

Rated TV–Y7
Picture format

480i: (SDTV) (1995–2008)

1080i: (HDTV) (2009)

Original release January 1, 1995 – March 31, 2009
Website

Schoolhouse Rock! is an American interstitial programming series of animated musical educational short films (and later, videos) that aired on the U.S. television network Nickelodeon. The topics covered included grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics. The series' was later revived with both old and new episodes airing from 1995 to 2009. Additional episodes were produced in 2009 for direct-to-video release.


HistoryEdit

1990'sEdit

After leaving the airwaves in 1985, the original team reunited to produce two more Grammar Rock segments ("Busy Prepositions" and "The Tale of Mr. Morton") for television in 1993 with J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. of White Plains, NY.[citation needed] This was followed in 1995 by a new series, "Money Rock", which discussed topics related to money management on both the personal and governmental scale. The first cartoon (also a J. J. Sedelmaier Production, Inc. production) was "Dollars & Sense". Episodes from the new series aired in rotation with the original segments from 1995 to 2009.

Viacom acquired Schoolhouse Rock in 1995 along with its acquisition of Nickelodeon owner MTV Networks; Schoolhouse Rock was one of only two children's shows. The series as a whole ceased airing on television in 2000 with newer episodes released directly to home video. As a result, after 14 years, the series came to an end on television for good. The show was rated TV-Y7.

21st centuryEdit

Starting in 2002, the team once again reunited to produce a new song "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College", written by George Newall and performed by Bob Dorough for the release of the 30th Anniversary DVD. For the new song, Tom Yohe Jr. took over as lead designer for his father, Tom Yohe Sr., who had died in 2000.Another contemporary song, called "Presidential Minute", which explained the process of electing the President of the United States in greater detail, was included on the 2008 DVD "Schoolhouse Rock! Election Collection", which centered on songs relating to American history and government.

As the theory of climate change was put forth, a new series entitled "Earth Rock"[4] was created by the original production team, premiered in 2009, and featured eleven environmentally-themed songs.

On Sunday, January 6, 2013, George Newall and Bob Dorough appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of their ongoing series of free concerts on the Millennium Stage. It was deemed the largest attendance to date of the venue. Dorough played five songs, accompanying himself on the piano: "Three Is a Magic Number", "Figure Eight", "Conjunction Junction", "Preamble" and "I'm Just a Bill". (Dorough had only performed lead vocals on the original version of "Three is a Magic Number".) He also performed "Interjections!" accompanied by DC-area kids' band Rocknoceros. Rocknoceros also performed "Electricity, Electricity", "Unpack Your Adjectives", "Energy Blues" and "Fireworks".

EpisodesEdit

No shows were produced featuring the numbers 1 or 10 explicitly, though "My Hero Zero" and "The Good Eleven" do include those numbers. "Little Twelvetoes" introduced the subject of how math arranged on base 12 rather than on base 10 would work, as well as covering multiplication by 12.

In 1973, Capitol Records released a soundtrack album of Multiplication Rock, featuring all 11 songs. Two tracks, "My Hero, Zero" and "Three Is A Magic Number" had been edited for TV to keep each video within three minutes. This LP features both songs in their full, uncut forms. Also, the album version of "The Four-Legged Zoo" has an ending slightly different from the television version.

Although "My Hero, Zero" was the first song to be broadcast on Nickelodeon.

Multiplication RockEdit

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by Animation & design First aired
My Hero, Zero Powers of 10 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Focus Design / Tom Yohe January 1, 1995
Elementary, My Dear Multiplication by 2 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Jack Sidebotham January 1, 1995
Three Is a Magic Number Multiplication by 3 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Focus Design / Tom Yohe January 1, 1995
The Four-Legged Zoo Multiplication by 4 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough (and chorus of children) Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Bob Eggers January 1, 1995
Ready or Not, Here I Come Multiplication by 5 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe January 1, 1995
I Got Six Multiplication by 6 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Grady Tate Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe January 1, 1995
Lucky Seven Sampson Multiplication by 7 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Rowland B. Wilson January 1, 1995
Figure Eight Multiplication by 8 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Blossom Dearie Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe January 1, 1995
Naughty Number Nine Multiplication by 9 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Grady Tate Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Tom Yohe January 1, 1995
The Good Eleven Multiplication by 11 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Focus Design / Jack Sidebotham January 1, 1995
Little Twelvetoes Multiplication by 12 Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Phil Kimmelman & Associates / Rowland B. Wilson January 1, 1995

No shows were produced featuring the numbers 1 or 10 explicitly, though "My Hero Zero" and "The Good Eleven" do include those numbers. "Little Twelvetoes" introduced the subject of how math arranged on base 12 rather than on base 10 would work, as well as covering multiplication by 12.

Grammar RockEdit

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by First aired
A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing noun Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens January 1, 1995
Verb: That's What's Happening verb Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Zachary Sanders January 1, 1995
Conjunction Junction conjunction Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Jack Sheldon and Terry Morel January 1, 1995
Interjections interjection Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Essra Mohawk January 1, 1995
Unpack Your Adjectives adjective George R. Newall George R. Newall Blossom Dearie January 1, 1995
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here adverb Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough January 1, 1995
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla pronoun Bob Dorough Kathy Mandary Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995
Busy Prepositions preposition Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Jack Sheldon and Bob Dorough January 1, 1995
The Tale of Mr. Morton subject and predicate Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995

This segment introduces Jack Sheldon and Lynn Ahrens as series regulars. "Conjunction Junction" and "A Noun Is A Person, Place, Or Thing" were Sheldon and Ahrens' debuts on Schoolhouse Rock! respectively.

"Busy Prepositions" (aka "Busy P's"), "The Tale of Mr. Morton", and "Dollars and Sense" were produced for Schoolhouse Rock!'s return to Nickelodeon in 2001 with Nickelodeon Productions producing the animation.

America RockEdit

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by First aired
No More Kings American independence Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens & Bob Dorough January 1, 1995
The Shot Heard Round the World American Revolutionary War Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough January 1, 1995
The Preamble United States Constitution Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens January 1, 1995
Sufferin' 'til Suffrage Women's suffrage Bob Dorough Tom Yohe Essra Mohawk January 1, 1995
I'm Just a Bill Legislation Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995
The Great American Melting Pot Immigration in America Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lori Lieberman January 1, 1995
Elbow Room Westward Expansion Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Sue Manchester January 1, 1995
Fireworks Declaration of Independence Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Grady Tate January 1, 1995
Mother Necessity Invention Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough, Blossom Dearie, Essra Mohawk, Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995
Three Ring Government Separation of powers Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens January 1, 1995
I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College Electoral College George R. Newall and Bob Dorough George R. Newall and Bob Dorough Jack Sheldon and Bob Dorough October 15, 2001
Presidential Minute (The Campaign Trail) Voting For President George R. Newall George R. Newall and Tom Yohe, Jr. Jack Sheldon April 7, 2003

"I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College" and "Presidential Minute" were produced for VHS and DVD.

Science RockEdit

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by First aired
Victim of Gravity Gravity Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens The Tokens January 1, 1995
Interplanet Janet The solar system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens January 1, 1995
The Body Machine Body system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Bob Dorough and Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995
Do the Circulation circulatory system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Joshie Armstead, Mary Sue Berry, and Maeretha Stewart January 1, 1995
The Energy Blues energy conservation George Newall George Newall Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995
Them Not-So-Dry Bones skeletal system George Newall George Newall Jack Sheldon January 1, 1995
Electricity, Electricity electricity Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Zachary Sanders January 1, 1995
Telegraph Line nervous system Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Jamie Aff and Christine Lagner January 1, 1995
The Greatest Show on Earth (The Weather Show) weather Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Bob Kaliban January 1, 1995
  • Sometime after its initial airing, The Greatest Show on Earth, also known as The Weather Show, was pulled from broadcast rotation because the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus objected to its use of their trademark slogan (which was in the questioned title) and filed a lawsuit against the network for copyright infringement.[5] As a result, the 1995 VHS of the program (and subsequent VHS reissues) deleted the song. However, it was included in the 1987 Schoolhouse Rock VHS release, and in 2002 it was included on the bonus disk of the 30th Anniversary DVD (see below).

Money RockEdit

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by First aired
Dollars and Sense Interest and loans Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Val Hawk and Bob Dorough January 1, 1995
Tax Man Max Taxes Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens Patrick Quinn June 26, 1995
Where The Money Goes Paying bills Rich Mendoza Rich Mendoza Jack Sheldon July 13, 1995
$7.50 Once a Week Budget Mark Chapalonis Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg October 23, 1995
Tyrannosaurus Debt Budget deficit and United States national debt Tom Yohe Tom Yohe Bob Dorough and Bob Kaliban January 21, 1996
This For That Barter and the history of currency George R. Newall George R. Newall Bob Dorough May 11, 1996
Walkin' On Wall Street Stock exchange Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg Dave Frishberg September 8, 1996
The Check's In The Mail Using checks Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Luther Rix and Bob Dorough November 10, 1996

Earth RockEdit

Episode title Subject Music by Lyrics by Performed by First aired
Report from the North Pole Global Warming Bob Dorough George R. Newall Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Bob Kaliban and Barry Carl 2009
The Little Things We Do Energy conservation Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens, Jack Sheldon, Bob Dorough, Bob Kaliban, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
The Trash Can Band Recycling Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens, Luther Rix, Bob Dorough and Eric Weissberg 2009
You Oughta Be Savin' Water Water conservation Sean Altman and Barry Carl George R. Newall Barry Carl, Sean Altman, Elliott Kerman 2009
The Rainforest Rainforests Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Tituss Burgess 2009
Save the Ocean Oceans Sean Altman Sean Altman Sean Altman, Inna Dukach, Jon Spurney, Patti Rothberg, Barry Carl and Eric Booker 2009
Fat Cat Blue: The Clean Rivers Song Marine Debris Andy Brick Andy Brick Jack Sheldon, Bob Kaliban, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
A Tiny Urban Zoo Gardens George Stiles Anthony Drewe Barrett Foa, Shoshana Bean, and George Stiles 2009
Solar Power to the People Solar energy Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
Windy and the Windmills Wind power Bob Dorough George R. Newall Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Val Hawk, Vicki Doney and Nancy Reed 2009
Don't Be a Carbon Sasquatch Carbon footprints Bob Dorough Bob Dorough Bob Dorough 2009
The 3 R's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Bob Dorough Jack Johnson Mitchel Musso 2009

30th AnniversaryEdit

To coincide with the 30th anniversary, Walt Disney released a VHS in 2002 featuring the Top 47 songs of the series. The countdown, which was succeeded by I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College, ran as follows, in reverse order:

  1. Conjunction Junction
  2. I'm Just A Bill
  3. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here
  4. Electricity, Electricity
  5. Interjections!
  6. The Preamble
  7. Three Is A Magic Number
  8. Interplanet Janet
  9. A Noun Is A Person, Place, Or Thing
  10. The Shot Heard 'Round The World
  11. My Hero, Zero
  12. Figure Eight
  13. No More Kings
  14. Unpack Your Adjectives
  15. Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla
  16. Ready Or Not, Here I Come
  17. Elementary, My Dear
  18. Dollars and Sense
  19. The Great American Melting Pot
  20. Mother Necessity
  21. Naughty Number Nine
  22. Telegraph Line
  23. Them Not-So-Dry Bones
  24. Verb: That's What Happening
  25. Elbow Room
  26. Sufferin' till Suffrage
  27. A Victim of Gravity
  28. Fireworks
  29. Do the Circulation
  30. Three-Ring Government
  31. The Body Machine
  32. The Four-Legged Zoo
  33. The Energy Blues
  34. I Got Six
  35. The Tale of Mr. Morton
  36. Lucky Seven Sampson
  37. The Good Eleven
  38. Busy Prepositions
  39. Little Twelvetoes
  40. Tax Man Max
  41. Tyrannosaurus Debt
  42. This For That
  43. $7.50 Once a Week
  44. Where the Money Goes
  45. Walkin' on Wall Street
  46. The Check's in the Mail
  47. The Greatest Show on Earth

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