Monday, December 22, 2014

Tooniversary: The Archies learn of the origins of the Star Spangled Banner (US of Archie, 1974)

US of Archie was the last series featuring Archie Andrews and friends on CBS, and they went out with a bang.

Launched 40 years ago, US of Archie sought to teach as well as entertain, and the episode, "The Star Spangled Banner", is certainly an example. The ancestors of the Riverdale kids, and the audience watching at home, learned about the origins behind Francis Scott Key's classic poem, which was subsequently set to music, and is our National Anthem.

Since Retro left local cable systems last year, I'm not sure if they're still carrying the series. It'd be nice, though, if another network, say, for example, Boomerang, picked it up.

Edit, 10/18/17: The video has been deleted, and the only other YouTube copy doesn't have an embedding code.

Rating: A.


phairhead said...

I miss the halycon days of Boomerang :-(

hobbyfan said...

Who doesn't? The only Filmation product Da Boom has are the DC Comics & Tom & Jerry material that WB owns.

magicdog said...

Been forever since I've seen this and it definitely deserves to air again.

The arrangement of the anthem is actually pretty good here - often times it gets botched when some showoffs decide to add some notes to it or screech when they hit that one note (you know which one I speak of!!).

I remember talking with a fellow who told me God Bless America should be our national anthem, since the Star Spangled Banner tends to be clunky at times (being a poem put to music rather haphazardly). He told me there were two things preventing it: the fact it has God in the title, and the fact that it was written by a Jew (Irving Berlin). While I don't doubt the first reason, the second seems rather shortsighted since Berlin wrote so many American standards. He was a national treasure!

hobbyfan said...

Ah, yes, Roseanne Barr's infamous rendition, back when she was all about calling attention to herself and her TV show.

Agreed on Berlin. "God Bless America" is being used during the 7th inning stretch at some major league & minor league ballparks (Yankee Stadium still uses Kate Smith's rendition). The words to Star Spangled Banner are hard to memorize to begin with, and hard to keep in key.