40 Years Later, 'Free to Be...You and Me' Gets a Parody Album

The Hollywood Reporter
40 Years Later, 'Free to Be...You and Me' Gets a Parody Album

Released in November 1972, Free to Be... You and Me was a kids' album and TV special that encouraged individuality and looser definitions of gender norms.

The project was spearheaded by Marlo Thomas and featured stars like Alan Alda, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, football great Rosey Grier and Diana Ross performing songs and sketches with touchy-feely titles like "It's All Right to Cry," "When We Grow Up," and the memorable "William's Doll," a tale sung by Alda and Thomas about a boy who likes playing with a doll.

To call Free to Be ahead of its time would be an understatement. If they tried to release it today, One Million Moms would likely be readying their next big-box store boycott around it.

To commemorate its 40th anniversry, Rob Kutner (a writer on TBS' Conan), Stephen Levinson (Channel 101, Funny or Die's Noah's Ark) and Joel Moss Levinson (a musician/comedian who's appeared The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), have released It's OK to... Do Stuff. It's a sequel album, of sorts, of songs that "didn't make it into the original."

The writers have gathered some of their funniest friends -- Lizzy Caplan, Collin Hanks and former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page -- to serenade our now disillusioned, 40-plus selves with tracks like, "Be Yourself... Unless," "Divorce Makes a Family Twice as Big" and "William Wants a Real Doll."

Farewell, innocence.

Here's their take on "Boy Meets Girl," the Carl Reiner-penned sketched voiced by Mel Brooks and Thomas in the original. This time around, it's Caplan and indie cinema aficionado Fred Willard playing babies meeting for the first time in "Girl Meets Boy."

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Digital downloads of It's OK to... Do Stuff sell for $5 starting Nov. 20. Buy them here.