WeAreFamily
We Are Family

We Are Family

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DVD menu, showing Kermit with Robin at upper right

The We Are Family Foundation produced a cover version of the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family", featuring more than 100 well-known children's characters, to promote diversity and tolerance. The video debuted as a public service announcement on Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and PBS on March 11, 2002, and was issued as an educational DVD free to US public and private elementary schools in March 2005.

The song and video featured the Muppets, Sesame Street, and Bear in the Big Blue House characters together with stars from other children's shows.

The project was co-ordinated by former Chic lead guitarist Nile Rodgers (co-producer and co-writer of the song "We Are Family" and founder of the We Are Family Foundation), Christopher Cerf, and Bear in the Big Blue House creator Mitchell Kriegman.

Publicity for the video was largely hijacked by U.S. conservative groups, saying it was a vehicle for "pro-gay propoganda". Focus on the Family commented that they "see the video as an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids".[1]

Characters

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Casts of Sesame Street, Bear, and Between the Lions on the street

The Muppets (credited in DVD booklet to The Muppet Show)

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Dr. Teeth, Penguins, Floyd Pepper

Sesame Street

Big Bird, Elmo, Hoots the Owl, Oscar the Grouch, Telly Monster, Zoe, Baby Bear, Grover, Snuffy, Alice, Rosita, Count von Count, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Lulu, Chickens, Bob, Linda, Gordon, Alan, Maria, Luis

Bear in the Big Blue House

Bear, Ojo, Tutter, Pip and Pop, Treelo, Jeremiah Tortoise, Keisha, Luke

Non-Muppet productions

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Arthur, The Backyardigans, Barney, Between the Lions, Blue's Clues (and Blue's Room), Bob the Builder, The Book of Pooh, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dora the Explorer, Dragon Tales, The Fairly OddParents, Higglytown Heroes, JoJo's Circus, Kim Possible, The Koala Brothers, LazyTown, Lilo & Stitch, Little Bill, Madeline, The Magic School Bus, Oswald, Out of the Box, The Proud Family, Rolie Polie Olie, Rugrats, Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat, SpongeBob SquarePants, Stanley, Zoom; unlisted: PB&J Otter

Human Stars

Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Nile Rodgers and Diana Ross

Credits

Notes

  • On the menu for the DVD release, Kermit and Robin the Frog appear, but no such shot is included in the final video.

Sources

  1. BBC News - US right attacks SpongeBob video

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