'Reading Rainbow': The auto-tuned remix
There’s something special about PBS’s latest adventure in auto-tuning. The network’s remixed Mr. Rogers montage was trippy. Its Bob Ross montage was gloriously kitschy. Its Julia Child montage was downright hilarious — hot chocolate truffles! But this soothing homage to Reading Rainbow isn’t just a novelty — it’s a weirdly moving look back at LeVar Burton’s book-positive program, which aired from 1983 to 2006 (!) and introduced millions of kids to the wonders of reading.
In fact, the trippiest thing about this video — crafted, as usual, by mixmaster melodysheep — is the fact that somebody’s made a song out of clips from a TV show that was in turn comprised of clips about how fun it is to read stories on paper. Adapt the remix into a film, and Reading Rainbow will have officially conquered all media. Take a look, it’s
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Which PBS series should get the auto-tune treatment next? (The answer, obviously, is Wishbone.)