I took the girls to see Annie on Monday, our last day of vacation. (We all liked it very much, please make more live-action family movies that I can enjoy with my girls, Hollywood.) This isn't about Annie, though—this is about The Buckwheat Boyz, whose song Peanut Butter Jelly Time made a quick appearance in one of the more ridiculous scenes in the movie (while I liked the movie very much, I've never been much of a Cameron Diaz fan even when I used to draw Seventeen magazine cover models in my sketchbook for fun)(oh yes I did).
I associate The Buckwheat Boyz with everything that is right about education.
As far as I can tell, this short-lived group (that apparently disbanded tragically when one of the members was killed in a police stand-off in 2002) only had two songs that reached any kind of fame: Peanut Butter Jelly Time and Ice Cream and Cake, which this story is about. Before the fame of being featured in Annie or Regular Show or Family Guy (two shows I have never seen) or a Baskin-Robbins commercial in 2009, they captured my heart in Arlington, VA at a back-to-school picnic in 2008.
Imagine the scene: 200 or so kids, teachers, and parents dancing to Ice Cream and Cake cranked up to public noise disturbance levels, as the principal (superstar administrator, veteran, grandma, and Marine Corps marathon runner) Dr. Piehota, pictured behind Gracie, teaches them all the moves. Everyone laughed, danced together, smiled at their principal while their principal beamed back. Those kids started the school year knowing that the school and the school family was both a welcome and fun place to belong, and that learning is optimized when the tone is set—and maintained—by extras that make everyone feel special. There were so many extras. Potlucks, auctions, enrichment activities, 5K races, more. No one ever seemed put out or put upon to provide or attend any of it.
Who knows where someone even acquired the song to play as I've only ever been able to find it in YouTube video format—I have tried. Here you go—the dumbest video ever for the song I love.