Have you seen the previews out for the new movie Gulliver's Travels? I know I can't miss them because every. single. time. one comes on my two little boys start asking me when the movie is coming out and when I'm taking them to see it! The movie will definitely be part of our winter break, but the co-stars of the movie, Jack Black and Jason Segel, also have a wonderful new recording of The Little Drummer Boy out for the holidays. The best part is that the two talented performers are donating all of their proceeds to Blue Star Families. I can't think of a better demonstration of the holiday spirit then to help out military families.
Last night, Jack Black appeared on The Jay Leno show to promote his new movie, Gulliver's Travels. While on the show, Jay Leno showed a clip from the animated video of The Little Drummer Boy and Jack Black talked about donating the proceeds to Blue Star Families.
(Start watching the video at about 2:45.)
Jay Leno: I thought this was pretty cool. You and your co-star in Gulliver's Travels, Jason Segel, you did something very nice. Tell people what you did.
Jack Black: We rocked an old chestnut, holiday song you may know. The Little Drummer Boy. Beautiful jam. We rockified it, because it was dying to be rockified. You remember back in the 70's when David Bowie and Bing Crosby did their version of it? We did that version, but with an extra zing. And we're giving all the money to charity. Blue Star Families.
Jay Leno: That's the troops?
Jack Black: Yes, yes, well military families started this organization for other military families, supporting.
Jack Black: You can get that on iTunes by the way, if you don't mind my plug.
On a personal note, I have to share what happened when I was watching this clip in my home office this evening. My 6 year old, Hollis, knows so much about Blue Star Families. He's so proud of his Navy dad and his Army uncle and his Air Force Grandpa. Don't worry. Hollis has his priorities straight. He'll yell out "Go Navy, beat Army!" whenever it's needed. Same for the Air Force. Heck, he loves this Navy versus Air Force video set to Dynamite and tries to do all the dance moves. But I digress.
The point is, Hollis is all about the military and he understands just how important it is to support military families, even at the age of 6. He loves to help out at Blue Star Families events and likes to talk about Mommy's job "helping military families" to anyone who will listen.
So tonight, Hollis walked into my office and stopped to watch the clip saying, "Mommy, that's Jack Black! He's Kung Fu Panda!" He listened to Jack Black talk about The Little Drummer Boy (a recent iTunes download Hollis has already heard many times in this house) and when he heard him talk about Blue Star Families his eyes got huge! "Mommy! He knows all about you!" Hollis exclaimed. Then he wanted to know if Blue Star Families, a nonprofit, would now be rich! I laughed, but I think Jack Black and Jason Segel would be happy to hear just how much faith my little guy has in them and their ability to raise money for a good cause. I think they'd also be thrilled to know that even my 6 year old son understand just how wonderful their donation to BSF really is.
I have to thank Jack Black and Jason Segel. Not just for their donation to help military families, but because my 6 year old now thinks I'm the coolest mom with the best job ever. At least on the job front, I think I have to agree.
Cross posted on Blue Star Families.