When 6Teen Kids Got Woke!
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!” ◆