Jimmy Fallon & Yara Shahid Encourage Young Voters in 'Schoolhouse Rock'-Inspired Cartoon: Watch

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A scene from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's Schoolhouse Rock-inspired animation "Voting Avenue"

Jimmy Fallon is throwing it all the way back to the '70s to take you to Voting Avenue. In honor of the generation of American kids who grew up singing to the catchy tunes of ABC's Schoolhouse Rock, Fallon and actress-model-activist Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) teamed up on Monday night (Sept. 17) to encourage voting in a new animation inspired by the old-school educational show.

The video begins as an animated Fallon and Shahidi meet each other, with Shahidi on her way to Voting Avenue. "It's a place you get to go when you turn 18. It means you get to vote" the 18-year-old activist says. In an effort to illustrate the importance of voting in the upcoming midterm election on Nov. 6, a singing ballot then joins the duo, explaining the process from registration to voting booth -- all in that signature "easy as 2+2" Schoolhouse Rock style.

"So you say that you're 18. Well I'll tell you what that means. It's an opportunity for something new" the ballot sings excitedly, "It don't matter who you are, if you walk or drive a car. It don't make a difference if you're red or blue."

The animated Shahidi then encourages voters to register and explains to Fallon why midterm elections are important. "There's an election every year, Jimmy, and state and local elections can be just as important as presidential elections, if not more" notes Shahidi, listing all the other open elections for legislators, senators, mayors and more. 

The video concludes with Fallon, Shahidi, the singing ballot (voiced by announcer Steve Higgins) and a group of voters and politicians holding hands and dancing. "Don't miss the possibility to take part in your democracy. Come join us here on Voting Avenue" they sing as the video zooms out to show a map of the United States.

Watch the Tonight Show's Schoolhouse Rock-inspired animation "Voting Avenue" below.


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