Class of 3000
|Class of 3000|
|Created by||André Benjamin
Thomas W. Lynch
|Developed by||Patric M. Verrone|
|Directed by||Joe Horne
Allan Jacobsen (supervising director, Season 1)
Gordon Kent (supervising director, Season 2)
Jeff Glenn Bennett
|Theme music composer||André "3000" Benjamin|
|Opening theme||"Class of 3000", written by André "3000" Benjamin and Kevin Kendrick|
|Composer(s)||André "3000" Benjamin (original songs)
Pat Irwin (music scores)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||28 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||André Benjamin
Thomas W. Lynch
Patric M. Verrone (co-executive producer)
Joe Horne (supervising producer)
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Moxie Turtle
Tom Lynch Company
Cartoon Network Studios
|Original channel|| Cartoon Network
|Original run||November 3, 2006– May 25, 2008|
Class of 3000 is an American animated television series on Cartoon Network that was created and executively produced by André 3000 of the hip hop duo OutKast, who stars as superstar and music teacher Sunny Bridges, set at Atlanta, Georgia's Westley School of Performing Arts. Mr. Bridges is a jazz and blues artist who occasionally lectures in Atlanta's Little Five Points residential area. It was produced by Tom Lynch Company, Moxie Turtle and Cartoon Network Studios. In Canada, the series has aired on MuchMusic.
As of September 25, 2011, it's currently the last Cartoon Network series to be given a TV-Y7 rating without the Fantasy Violence side rating to accompany it as an ironic result (this show ended up rated TV-Y7 due to mild innuendo, the surreal animation being slightly intense for younger viewers, and some comic relief slapstick humour). It is also the final Cartoon Network show which aired at the time Jim Samples had been in charge of Cartoon Network (he decided to resign the week after the 2007 Boston bomb scare had occurred).
The series made its world premiere (previously advertised as a live premiere with performances by Chris Brown) on November 3, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with a one-hour special, came to Cartoon Network UK on May 28, 2007 and premiered on Cartoon Network Australia/New Zealand on February 4, 2008. Timothy McGee actually sued Andre 3000, claiming he proposed the idea for a similar TV show back in the year 1997 with Andre replaced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, which may be one of the costs of the show's cancelation. The show was co-created and developed by Thomas W. Lynch & Patric M. Verrone. In January 2010 all mentionings in the website about the show were removed, meaning that Cartoon Network has abandoned it. Although there has not been a DVD released in Region 1, seasons 1 and 2 of the show are currently available on iTunes, with the exception of "The Cure" from season 2.
The show received mostly positive reviews. On TV.com, the series has a "good" rating of 7.2. On IMDb, the show has a mixed to positive rating of 6.0. The soundtrack rating is a positive 4 and a half stars rating on Amazon.
Throughout the show, the students play songs, sometimes based on how they feel. There are also instruments viewed and played by the students and others in every episode.
First season CD track list
The first season CD featuring songs from the show was released July 3, 2007.
|1||"Class of 3000 Theme Song" ("Touchdown")|
|2||"Life Without the Music" ("Home")|
|4||"Oh, Peanut" ("Peanuts! Get Yer Peanuts")|
|5||"We Want Your Soul" ("The Devil and Li'l D")|
|6||"Banana Zoo" ("Funky Monkey")|
|7||"A Rich Shade of Blue" ("Eddie's Money")|
|8||"Fight the Blob" ("The Hunt for Red Blobtober")|
|9||"U.F.O. Ninja" ("Brotha from the Third Rock")|
|10||"Kim 'n' Kam Jam" ("Westley Side Story")|
|11||"Luna Love" ("Love Is in the Hair...Net")|
|12||"Crayon Song" ("Am I Blue?")|
|13||"My Mentor" ("Mini Mentors")|
|14||"Cool Kitty" ("Prank Yanker")|
A DVD of the first season was released on December 3, 2008, in Region 4. Plus, in the UK, 3 episodes from the series were placed on a DVD.
- Official website at the Wayback Machine (archived June 5, 2008)
- Class of 3000 at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Class of 3000 at the Internet Movie Database
- Class of 3000 at TV.com