History can be fun to learn about. Most of history is filled with carnage, murder, sacrifice, and other cool things. Put this into cartoon form and you can get away with being even more violent than ever before. The Revolutionary War itself was a pretty violent war. I guess all wars are violent. Would it be a war if it was all handshakes and kisses? No. Liberty’s Kids unfortunately was much closer to handshakes and kisses than it was to graphic war violence. PBS, you missed out on an epic show.
From September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003 forty episodes of Liberty’s Kids aired. This can’t possibly be right. That must be two episodes a week. How do you shove that much history into cartoon form? No show should be this stuck together. Spread it out. We already know how it’s going to end, with the Redcoats retreating in their powdered wigs between their legs.
The show was focused mainly on three children, a redhead named Sara, a blonde boy named James, and a French dweeb named Henri. The French pronounce this name “On-ree” which is wrong. H’s don’t make the “on” sound. There’s also another kid named Moses who was apparently a slave. I don’t remember him at all and I think this is one of those cases where someone put wrong information on Wikipedia. I need to report them.
Sara is English and has a sexy English accent. Don’t worry, the actress who does the 16 year old’s voice is probably an adult so it’s not illegal. Plus, the show takes place in the late 1700s during the American Revolution. Sara would be far and away dead by now! James is an orphan because his house was struck by lightning and his parents were inside. This somehow makes him interested in hanging out with Benjamin Franklin who wants to harness electricity so he can torture mice with it. He ends up working at Benjamin Franklin’s print shop and that’s how he gets to meet a lot of famous people.
(Benjamin Franklin nude. I’m pretty sure he was right-handed so we don’t have to worry about too much funny business going on beneath those bubbles)
From what I remember this show was terrible. It was all reenactments of old events and there were never any good action scenes. I hated every second of this show. Whenever I watched it I kind of rooted for the Americans to lose.
Perhaps the only redeeming quality this show had were the guest stars. Walter Cronkite voiced Benjamin Franklin (“a penny saved is a penny earned and that’s the way it is”), Sylvester Stallone voiced Paul Revere (“eh yo Adrian one if by land two if by sea”), Ben Stiller voiced Thomas Jefferson (“I have to meet the parents of the slave I’ve been sleeping with!”, Billy Crystal voiced John Adams (“you don’t think I can tell the difference between a real and a fake orgasm Jane Adams?”), Dustin Hoffman voiced Benedict Arnold (“are you trying to seduce me General Cornwallis?”), and Arnold Schwarzenegger voiced Baron von Steuben (“bleh bleh it’s not a tumor it’s a revolution”). There were a few more like how Liam Neeson voiced John Paul Jones. I know Led Zeppelin is old but are they this old?
I should also mention Aaron Carter did the opening theme. All this star power packed together and the show was still a dud. It was all talk and history lessons. Shouldn’t TV be the escape from learning?