When 6Teen Kids Got Woke!

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W hen Tom Mcgillis and Jen­nifer Pertsch aren’t com­ing up with zany sit­u­a­tion come­dies for the preschool cast of Dra­ma­rama, they strive to make a dif­fer­ence in the world around them. In Septem­ber, they launched a clever pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment fea­tur­ing the cast of their pop­u­lar an­i­mated se­ries 6Teen, which orig­i­nally de­buted on Tele­toon and Car­toon Net­work in 2004. “Jen­nifer and I were in­spired by Will and Grace’s pre-elec­tion video, which en­cour­aged peo­ple to vote, so we de­cided to re­unite ev­ery­one from the 6Teen se­ries to do the same,” says Mcgillis. “We put in about $100,000 of our own money and came up with a seven-minute scene that in­vites young peo­ple to get in­volved po­lit­i­cally.”

The PSA finds the 6Teen gang sit­ting around and de­bat­ing about whether they should reg­is­ter to vote, since they have all turned 18. “The eight- to 12-year olds who watched the show when it orig­i­nally aired on Car­toon Net­work are all vot­ing age to­day. So we wanted to come up with some­thing that was wall-to-wall jokes and orig­i­nal, and in­vited them to par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal process. The sta­tis­tics show that there will be a huge in­crease in first-time vot­ers this year, es­pe­cially af­ter the Park­land shoot­ings. There is a lot of youth aware­ness, and we want to inch it up even more. We are hop­ing to get the power of 6Teen nos­tal­gia to mo­ti­vate young peo­ple to vote!” ◆

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