History WesternAnimation / LibertysKids

21st Jun '16 11:51:06 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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''Liberty's Kids'' is a Creator/{{PBS}} series created by Creator/DICEntertainment, the producers of WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake, that follows the adventures of three teenagers, two of whom were in the employ of Creator/BenjaminFranklin's newpaper/publishing business, as they find themselves witnesses to the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the signing of the US Constitution in 1787.

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''Liberty's Kids'' is a Creator/{{PBS}} series created by Creator/DICEntertainment, the producers futureproducers of WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake, that follows the adventures of three teenagers, two of whom were in the employ of Creator/BenjaminFranklin's newpaper/publishing business, as they find themselves witnesses to the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the signing of the US Constitution in 1787.



* AborterArc: Sarah doesn't see her father again after the episode where they reunite.



* BigEater: Henri and his [[FoodPorn pastries (and pancakes, and bread, and apples, and syrup...)]]

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* BigEater: Henri and his [[FoodPorn pastries (and and pancakes, and bread, and apples, and syrup...)]]syrup. It's hard to blame him!)]]



** The first episode starts with the British flag coming down in a storm. The last episode ends with the American flag coming up on a sunny day.

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** The first episode starts with the a British flag coming down in a storm. The last episode ends with the an American flag coming up on a sunny day.



* CharacterDevelopment: Averted with Henri, but played straight with James (who starts out as a full-on {{Jerkass}} who accepts all the Revolutionary rhetoric without any opinions of his own, Sarah (who is certainly well-meaning but also an IceQueen who is solidly British and can't understand why the colonists would want to rebel).

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* CharacterDevelopment: Averted with Henri, but played straight with James (who starts out as a full-on {{Jerkass}} who accepts all the Revolutionary rhetoric everything political without any opinions of his own, Sarah (who is certainly well-meaning but also an IceQueen who is solidly British and can't understand why the colonists would want to rebel).


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* NoSympathy: James to Sarah when she decides to return to England
** Not to mention towards the poor guy who gets tarred and feathered...at first.
9th May '16 12:38:17 AM OffTheDeepEnd
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* BritishStuffiness: Sarah starts out like this.

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* BritishStuffiness: Sarah starts out like this.this, but is still likeable.
21st Apr '16 4:50:43 PM Jayalaw
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* AdultFear:
** Sarah's parents are separated due to her father being in the American wilderness, and her mother sends her abroad on the eve of revolution. Her mother doesn't even know that Sarah's ship was targeted during the Boston Tea Party.
** Moses's reaction when he sees his brother Cato at a slave auction, and [[ShaggyDogStory fails to buy him or rescue him from the slave plantation where he goes]]. Then years later, they reunite briefly when Cato is on the run, and Moses has to send him with a Loyalist woman to Canada.
** A father and his son are unlawfully executed by sheer bad luck of being Native American, and the last scene is the father taking his son's hands and comforting him.
** The sheer amount of brutality and KarmaHoudini actions that both the revolutionaries and the British commit; Sarah tends to notice this more than James does.



* BookEnds:
** The first episode starts with the British flag coming down in a storm. The last episode ends with the American flag coming up on a sunny day.
** In Lafayette's first episode, Henri told Lafayette that he could be the latter's son and hold his "shiny buttons". In Lafayette's last episode, he reveals to Henri that he wants to adopt him and take him back to France.



* BrokenPedestal: As it did in RealLife, this trope concerns itself with Benedict Arnold. He is a revered war hero at first (he's the soldier whom Sarah looks admiredly at in the show's intro), and as such many are struck by his FaceHeelTurn.

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* BrokenPedestal: BrokenPedestal:
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As it did in RealLife, this trope concerns itself with Benedict Arnold. He is a revered war hero at first (he's the soldier whom Sarah looks admiredly at in the show's intro), and as such many are struck by his FaceHeelTurn.FaceHeelTurn.
** Also Thomas Jefferson for Sarah on learning that despite his writing the Declaration of Independence, he owns slaves. Although she doesn't write an expose on him and listens to his point of view, it's a notable moment.
* TheBusCameBack:
** Cato returns as one of the Yorktown soldiers who realizes Armistead is a spy but doesn't rat on him. After a British soldier frees him and the others from being left behind and returned to their owners, he vanishes for a few episodes (and years according to Moses), and comes to Moses for help.
** Benjamin Franklin comes and goes depending on if he's in England or France.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Poor Moses. He generally abides by the law, knowing what happens to a black man who even appears to stand outside of it, and he only breaks one to try and rescue his brother, by stealing him from a plantation. He gets caught immediately, is only let go because Sarah and James vouch for him.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Although Jefferson is revealed as a slaveowner and Sarah calls him out for it, the show had to leave out his relationship with fifteen-year old slave Sally Hemmings and the children he fathered with her, for [[QuestionableConsent obvious]] [[MayDecemberRomance reasons]].



* KarmaHoudini: Mr. Petty-John, Sarah's guide to Ohio, would count considering what he does.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Mr. Petty-John, Sarah's guide to Ohio, would count considering what he does.



** All of the slave owners in the show, including Jefferson and Washington.



* ParentalSubstitute: Moses for Henri and James. He's more grounded in the realities of the world they're in.
* PetTheDog: The British soldier that goes back for Cato and the slaves abandoned at Yorktown, hiding them until the battle is over and doing ShooTheDog. Cato mentions that other people have done the same over the past six years since Yorktown.



* RunningGag: In the final episode, Sarah and James are trying to listen to the American politicians drafting the Constitution and multiple laws. The guards keep escorting them out, closing doors and windows, and cornering them when they get caught.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Early in the show, when Sarah's still [[{{catchphrase}} a loyal British subject]], she often uses this as a reason to still tag along to help foil the British if letting them be would lead to bloodshed.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Early in the show, when Sarah's still [[{{catchphrase}} a loyal British subject]], she often uses this as a reason to still tag along to help foil the British if letting them be would lead to bloodshed.bloodshed or her friends getting heart.



* SickEpisode: Sarah contracts Smallpox in "An American In Paris."
** More accurately, she gets innoculated for smallpox and has a reaction, most likely a mild form of the disease. But yes, she gets better.

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* SickEpisode: Sarah contracts Smallpox in "An American In Paris."
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" More accurately, she gets innoculated for smallpox and has a reaction, most likely a mild form of the disease. But yes, she gets better.



* SweetPollyOliver: Sarah is present when "Robert Shurtlieff," actually Deborah Sampson, is outed after she gets shot in combat and contracts illness.



* TeamMom: Sarah

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* TeamMom: SarahSarah, as shown when she hugs Henri after a horse nearly tramples him.



* ThrowTheDogABone: In Lafayette's first episode, Henri told Lafayette that he could be the latter's son and hold his "shiny buttons". In Lafayette's last episode, he reveals to Henri that he wants to adopt him and take him back to France. Small wonder that Henri [[{{Glomp}} jumps into his arms]] with joy.



* WeBarelyKnewYe: Cousin Tom.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Benedict Arnold vanishes from the scene just before things gear up for the climactic Battle of Yorktown; Justified, as Arnold was not present in the battle and ultimately returned to England before he could ever face justice for his treachery.
* WhatTheHellHero: The basic plot for Sarah visiting UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson's home and discovering that the writer of "All men are created equal" is a slaveholder. Sarah also calls out Washington after the Siege of Yorktown when he says that the slaves who fought for the British would be returned to their masters.

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* WeBarelyKnewYe: WeHardlyKnewYe: Cousin Tom.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhamLine:
** Delivered by Sarah: "I want to go home . . . to England!"
** A doctor delivers one to Sarah after examining a wounded soldier with chest bindings: "Robert isn't a he. He's a she."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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Benedict Arnold vanishes from the scene just before things gear up for the climactic Battle of Yorktown; Justified, as Arnold was not present in the battle and ultimately returned to England before he could ever face justice for his treachery.
* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
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The basic plot for Sarah visiting UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson's home and discovering that the writer of "All men are created equal" is a slaveholder. Sarah also calls out Washington after the Siege of Yorktown when he says that the slaves who fought for the British would be returned to their masters.



* WideEyedIdealist: Befitting their age, James and Sarah are initially blind to their patriotism toward their respective home countries, though it doesn't take long for them to see the truth of things.
** This is referenced in the lyrics of the theme song: "Feeling my pain as innocence dies."

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** Also Sarah calling out Washington for returning slaves that aided the British to their owners after the battle of Yorktown. He only tells her it's the law, and "one war at a time" when she insists that the law is terrible.
** Sarah and James to James Madison when they're not allowed to cover the Constitutional Congress as part of the press. He jokes that he wants the historians to read ''his'' notes and Franklin insists that the politicians need to focus, but they have a point in that great changes will be coming to the country.
* WideEyedIdealist: WideEyedIdealist:
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Befitting their age, James and Sarah are initially blind to their patriotism toward their respective home countries, though it doesn't take long for them to see the truth of things.
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things. This is referenced in the lyrics of the theme song: "Feeling my pain as innocence dies.""
** Lafayette is also one, even as he's exposes to the horrors of war. He comes to aid the States at a great personal cost because he believes in the ideals of freedom and hopes to bring the same to France.
* YankTheDogsChain: Just as Sarah finds her father ''at last,'' she witnesses atrocities that happen to a Naive chief and his son, and realizes that she can't handle the horrors. He reluctantly lets her go back to England, and they never reunite onscreen for the rest of the series.
* YouGotSpunk: James is impressed that Sarah chews out General Washington for returning slaves to their owners.
23rd Feb '16 2:32:27 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* EditedForSyndication: The funding credits, Liberty News Network segments and website advertisements were removed in lieu of commercials when the show was syndicated. Some even edited out the "exciting scenes" intros.
23rd Feb '16 2:28:09 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* AnimatedActors: During the "Liberty News Network" segments.
23rd Feb '16 2:23:50 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* CharacterDevelopment: James and Sarah. James starts out as a jerkass who accepts all the Revolutionary rhetoric without any opinions of his own, while Sarah is an IceQueen who is solidly British and can't understand why the colonists would want to rebel. They both get better.
* CheerfulChild: Henri.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Averted with Henri, but played straight with James and Sarah. James (who starts out as a jerkass full-on {{Jerkass}} who accepts all the Revolutionary rhetoric without any opinions of his own, while Sarah (who is certainly well-meaning but also an IceQueen who is solidly British and can't understand why the colonists would want to rebel. They both get better.
rebel).
* CheerfulChild: Henri. Despite the show's title, he's the only one of the main cast who's actually a child.



* KarmaHoudini: Sarah's guide to Ohio would count considering what he does.

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* {{Jerkass}}: James starts out as something of this, but has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone three episodes in.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: James. Sarah could count at the beginning of the series.
* KarmaHoudini: Mr. Petty-John, Sarah's guide to Ohio Ohio, would count considering what he does.



* LimitedWardrobe: In the 14 years that took place, the main characters went absolutely everywhere wearing the same outfits. Even when crawling through the mud and forests Sarah would still wear her dainty little gown.

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* LimitedWardrobe: In the 14 years that took place, the main characters went absolutely everywhere wearing the same outfits. Even when crawling through the mud and forests Sarah would still wear her dainty little gown.gown (she DOES end up in men's clothes on two occasions.)



* NeverSayDie: Strongly averted. The show not only had characters die, but also wounded, sometimes in gruesome ways (though [[BloodlessCarnage without a whole lot of blood]]).

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* NeverSayDie: Strongly averted. The show not only had has characters die, but also wounded, sometimes in gruesome ways (though [[BloodlessCarnage without a whole lot of blood]]).blood]]). Why PBS was allowed to air is really a mystery for the ages.



* TarAndFeathers: James watches as an innocent man is tarred and feathered by a mob and joins in their mocking. This lasts until he is later informed how horrific the act can be and meets the man being treated for it, near-death.
** Later in the series, he stands up to a mob of angry laborers who want to tar-and-feather a wealthy Tory, delaying them long enough for soldiers to arrive and restore order.

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* TarAndFeathers: In episode 3, James watches as an innocent man is tarred and feathered by a mob and joins in their mocking. This lasts until he is later informed how horrific the act can be and meets the man being treated for it, near-death.
** Later in the series, in episode 27, he stands up to a mob of angry laborers who want to tar-and-feather a wealthy Tory, delaying them long enough for soldiers to arrive and restore order.


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* WeBarelyKnewYe: Cousin Tom.
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* BigEater: Henri and his pastries (and pancakes, and bread, and apples, and syrup...)

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* BigEater: Henri and his [[FoodPorn pastries (and pancakes, and bread, and apples, and syrup...))]]


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* FoodPorn: Just about any scene with Henri that isn't a CrowningMomentOfFunny is loaded with this.
16th Jan '16 1:16:46 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: Both played straight and averted. Anyone old enough and smart enough to even follow the surprisingly advanced analysis and description of the complex issues surrounding the American War of Independence is highly unlikely to enjoy or be even remotely challenged by the ridiculously juvenile games and puzzles they use in place of commercial breaks when shown on PBS. "Continental Cartoons", for example, is a stupendously easy set of rebus-style puzzles. These are omitted when the show is aired on other networks.
** The DVD release thankfully takes the same route but includes them in the extras.
** The actual cartoon itself surprisingly averts this trope. Considering it's a kids' show, it's very detailed and takes time to show the motives and reasoning for many events and characters.
28th Oct '15 4:17:19 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: General Howe sets up winter quarters in Philadelphia and occupies the American capital, forcing the Congress to flee and many residents to write off the war effort as hopeless as Howe and his troops make themselves comfortable. As history states, Howe was to support General Burgoyne in his offensive in New York to cut off New England and "cleave the colonies in two"; come Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga and the announcement of France's entry in the war, Howe and his concierge certainly aren't celebrating.
** Lampshaded by Ben Franklin when he meets the British in their bid to win him over to their side.
-->'''British Spy''': Perhaps you haven't heard, but General Howe has taken Philadelphia.
-->'''Ben Franklin''': I like to think Philadelphia has taken Howe.
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** General Charles Lee voicing his disregard for General Washington and insisting that attacking the British forces retreating from Philadelphia is a pointless endeavor. So much so that even ''Henri'' is questioning his loyalty. Justified given Lee's actions at Monmouth shortly after.
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