The educational series put the multiplication tables to music, along with quirky, number-filled scenes, infused short and catchy math lessons into the era’s kid-focused Saturday morning television programming.
“Figure eight as double four.
Figure four as half of eight.
If you skate, you would be great,
If you could make a figure 8.
That’s a circle that turns ’round upon itself.”
As the song builds, the animation visualizes multiplication by eights in fun ways, including an octopus, periscopes with peeking eyes, jumping fish, balloons, a polar bear, and a blimp. Then “place it on its side and it’s a symbol meaning infinity.”
Watch these Schoolhouse Rock videos next:
• The Four-Legged Zoo: Multiplication by 4
• Counting by Fives
• Verb: That’s What’s Happening (1974)
• Telegraph Line (Nervous System), a 1979 Schoolhouse Rock animation