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Schoolhouse Rock! Earth
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that heavy issues, such as our oceans being poisoned, our planet in peril, and our weather patterns spiraling out of control, might weigh on sensitive minds. But such is the state of our planet that our children are inheriting, sadly. On the other hand, great practical ideas and catchy tunes make this DVD an important educational tool, encouraging families to make changes in their homes to reduce the impact on the environment.
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What's the story?
The Schoolhouse Rock! troupe is back to save the planet from peril. In fact, these songs are intended to educate the viewer as to what he or she can and must do to save the planet. A very tall order for our small audience to follow. But catchy songs that say "If you're not saving water, you ought to," and, "We've got to work together in this fight to save the weather," make this task more tolerable. Might as well make these heavy issues catchy and do-able for the generation that is going to be burdened with increasing environmental concerns.
Is it any good?
Though the segues between the songs are rather lame, the songs themselves serve as a great introduction into responsible stewardship of our planet. Songs for the ages, like "Solar Power to the People," informs the viewer that "All those rays coming down for free/ Can be stored in a solar battery." And "FatCat Blue: the Clean Rivers Song" explains what happens to our rivers when they are polluted by toxic stew. "Don't Be a Carbon Sasquatch" outlines steps that kids can take to reduce their carbon footprint, while explaining what a watt and a megawatt is and pointing out how much energy we use every day. Parents who remember the sad planet singing the "Energy Blues" from the original series will be grateful that more environmental issues are being addressed in this well-done series of cartoon shorts. It's about time!
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