LeVar Burton

When we last left the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign two days ago, it was well on its way to reaching its $1 million goal. As we all know, it hit that goal in about 11 hours, and it's now closing in on $3 million, with still more than a month to go.

A couple of updates to point out, however: In a Reddit AMA, LeVar Burton reiterated that Reading Rainbow is coming to Android. And he said as much again in a new video update for Kickstarter. "We need to be on Android," he said. And, yes. We're going to take his word for it.

According to this afternoon's update, more platforms — they're talking Android, game consoles and other set-top boxes — will be in the works once the campaign hits $5 million.

There are 34 comments

bjn714 says:

Now we need to find a celebrity to bring back Schoolhouse Rock.

I have the DVD of all of the old ones. When I showed it to my wife, who was about finished with med school at the time, she was amazed at how advanced some of the concepts they were teaching kids in one of the science episodes. She said she didn't learn some of what they were talking about until her first med school anatomy class. Not sure if that should be taken as a compliment to Schoolhouse Rock or as an indictment of our current educational system.

bumpandrun says:

Probably the latter!

tdizzel says:

Kunta Kinte would never lie so of course its coming to Android.

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strra says:

TIL LeVar Burton played Kunta Kinte...

He also played Geordi La Forge from Star Trek...

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mwara244 says:

La Forge FTW

Looks like it will break $3 million today.

That's pretty funny, coming from a man whose best friend on TV was an.....wait for it.....Android!

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Clak says:

I just hope no one tries to upload an evil clone version of the app... ;)


DirkBelig says:

LeVar Burton needs to explain this to Jeff Bezos.

DirkBelig says:

So not the point I was making.

It's been on iOS, so it's about time Android users get it. It is also available on Amazon's Kindle Fire

mlee19841 says:

Memories of that show.....

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churro#WN says:

Readin rainbow/gordi leforge has spoken lol

bergeronjc says:

He looks so weird not wearing his visor. How does he see?
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Clak says:

You never saw many of the TNG movies, did you? He got implants or something...

bergeronjc says:

Saw all of them. I actually like First Contact the most. I've seen it at least a hundred times.

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Why not be OS agnostic? Take it to YouTube.

eahinrichsen says:

Because that'd make it just a TV show. This aims to be interactive.

twolastnames says:

I hated reading rainbow, and this is just people cashing in on late 30's, early 40's age nostalgia.

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ScottJ says:

I don't think they had TV in the 30's and 40's, much less Reading Rainbow.

twolastnames says:

You missed a word Mr Burton

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c0ldburn3r says:

This is fantastic! I hope this momentum keeps going so more children can be reached.

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Techngro says:

Does it really take 5 million dollars to make an app for Android and the consoles?

NoNexus says:

The kickstarter was only for a million, to expand the program all over the place. I am pretty sure that this is going to hit 5M and might go as high as 8M when it is all said and done.

Reading Rainbow is a nice supplemental program....

TonyHoyle says:

Still.. They already made the iOS app even a million is extravagant for a conversion. 1/10th of that maybe.

I appreciate this is a popular app (must be if it can raise that kind of money, although I'm not an iOS user so hadn't heard of it before AC started posting about it) but what the heck are they going to do with all that money?

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Its not just to develop the web portal and apps, it's to create the actual content and to subsidise the cost for schools that can't afford it.

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Techngro says:

Ok. I guess that makes more sense.

rexknapps says:

Don't need Android support. Reading Rainbow already supports LCARS.