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      Free to Be You and Me

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      Audience Member Love it. First movie Deron ever laughed at. Great songs! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review s r After seeing the cast I had to give this a chance. It seemed very pc in breaking down racial barriers, promoting women's rights and teaching children that crying is ok. So it goes well with school house rock, but not nearly as memorable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Marlo Thomas is a genius. Mel Brooks voicing a baby, Michael Jackson dreaming about when he grows up and Harry Belefonte as a hot dog vendor. I remember watching this every other day when I was little. I always watched "Sister and Brothers" twice. "Doo doo do-do dooooooo." Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A very important keystone of the establishment of my personal values as a youngster, Free To Be... You and Me still resonates for me today. Sesame Street introduced me to multiculturalism, Muppet Babies demonstrated the power of imagination, Schoolhouse Rock still blows me away in terms of music's strength as a learning tool, and Free To Be... You and Me set me very early on my path to my current world view, especially with regards to gender roles and traditional societal expectations largely consisting of bullshit. Highlights include the kind-of-dark Shel Silverstein-penned "Ladies First", "William's Doll" performed by Alan Alda, "It's All Right To Cry" performed by football star Rosy Grier (with a truly badass wah-wah guitar solo), and the hilarious and memorable newborn puppet sketches featuring Mel Brooks and "Free To Be..." mastermind Marlo Thomas. I dig the theme song by The New Seekers and enjoy the (somewhat cheesily) animated telling of the story of Atalanta. Awkward Jackson lifestyle foreshadowing aside, Michael Jackson's and Roberta Flack's "When I Grow Up" is a charming, catchy tune. It stands today as an ode to taking pride in one's individuality and identity, not bowing to society's expectations about gender and class, tolerating those who are different, and enlightening those who perpetuate bigotry, sexism, and other forms of insularity. I will always hold it in high esteem. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Every child should be raised on these values, and morals. Forget "Dora", and "Franklin". This is GOOD FOOD. Although watching a young Michael Jackson singing about "not having to change at all" is real funny. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member maybe one of the best things ever; i first saw this in preschool. when i met marlo thomas i told her about the first time i saw it; she was impressed with my school for showing it. yeah madison, wi! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Common Sense Media Editors Common Sense Media 1970s CD about gender is still relevant and fun. Rated: 4/5 Jan 25, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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