Reading Rainbow Remixed
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! Now, they’re back with “In Your Imagination,” a remixed Reading Rainbow video.
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.
This video doesn’t only highlight great little phrases that are both funny and profound (we will never get tired of Levar Burton saying “I love maps,” we don’t think) but also reminds you just how long Burton has been working on this project — which went off the air in 2009 after 23 years and 155 episodes, but which has been relaunched, thus far as an app, by Burton himself. Watch it below.