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Electric Company: The Electric Company's Greatest Hits and Bits
     

Electric Company: The Electric Company's Greatest Hits and Bits

 
In the years between 1971 and 1985, few shows promoted reading as creatively and energetically as The Electric Company. A virtual "video" classroom that was as informative as it was entertaining, The Electric Company used sketches, animation, and music to encourage literacy as a series of teachers including Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, and even Spider Man

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In the years between 1971 and 1985, few shows promoted reading as creatively and energetically as The Electric Company. A virtual "video" classroom that was as informative as it was entertaining, The Electric Company used sketches, animation, and music to encourage literacy as a series of teachers including Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, and even Spider Man gave children all the tools needed in order to strengthen their vocabulary and reading skills. With this release, nostalgic television viewers can take a trip back in time as a series of guest stars including Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, and Tom Lehrer join in the fun to prove just how hip and cool reading can really be.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Harry Potter books are credited with making reading fun for a new generation of readers. But decades before, there was a television series that cast its own enchanting spell. This hour-long retrospective of The Electric Company is more than a replay of signature characters, sublimely silly sketches or characteristic clever word play. In interviews with series creator Joan Ganz Cooney, former cast members (Rita Moreno, Judy "Jennifer of the Jungle" Graubart) and contributors (Joan Rivers, who narrated the "Letterman" segments, and songwriter Tom Lehrer), it examines this Emmy Award-winning literacy series' proud legacy. As the Greatest Hits and Bits such as Fargo North, Decoder, the silly "It's the plumber" joke, or Lehrer's "LY" song demonstrate, The Electric Company's power to engage budding, struggling and reluctant readers with a hellzapoppin' paced mélange of comedy, music and animation remains undimmed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
UPC:
0826663103618
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
15,116

Special Features

Deleted scenes:; In the Footsteps of Sesame Street; Target Audience; Kicking It Around; Mommy's Doing a Show; The Uncle Jimmy Show; Joan Rivers On...; In the Classroom; You Taught Me to Read, Man; A conversation with Tom Lehrer recorded August 25, 2006 (audio only)

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