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Reading Rainbow Documentary Starring LeVar Burton Is Finally Coming to Theaters / Credit: Tribeca.com
BOTWC Staff
Published: 12 March 2024

In a heartwarming tribute to the beloved PBS show that was a cornerstone of millennial children’s television, a new documentary, Butterfly in the Sky, is set to hit select theaters on March 17, celebrating the iconic Reading Rainbow. First announced in 2021, this feature explores the creation and production of the show that fueled a love for reading among young minds. LeVar Burton, the charismatic host who guided viewers on literary adventures from 1983 to 2006, takes center stage in this nostalgic journey.

According to People Magazine’s exclusive report, Butterfly in the Sky promises to unravel the magic behind Reading Rainbow, showcasing its evolution from an idea to a cultural phenomenon. The documentary’s trailer offers a glimpse into the show’s soulful essence. LeVar Burton, now 67, is seen immersed in the world of children’s literature, surrounded by the enchanting appeal of library shelves.

The iconic theme song, sung by Tina Fabrique, resonates in the background as Burton extends an invitation, asking, “Do you want the Reading Rainbow treatment? Here we go.” The narration emphasizes that Reading Rainbow was not just about “learning to read” but, more importantly, about “loving to read.” The trailer weaves together interviews, nostalgic clips, and heartfelt testimonials from those involved in the show’s making.

The documentary unveils behind-the-scenes anecdotes featuring celebrity guest stars such as Maya Angelou, Angela Bassett, James Earl Jones, and Martin Short. During its run, Reading Rainbow received 26 Daytime Emmy Awards, acknowledging its outstanding contribution to children’s programming and Burton’s motivational role.

As the trailer unfolds, it becomes evident that Reading Rainbow was a groundbreaking show that aimed to diversify storytelling and empower young minds. Through Burton’s genuine and relatable approach, the show communicated the message that every child’s story matters. Whoopi Goldberg reflects on the show’s impact, stating, “Reading Rainbow wanted children to know there’s all kinds of stories out there.”

Butterfly in the Sky captures the essence of Reading Rainbow‘s mission to instill confidence in young viewers. The documentary showcases Burton’s dedication, authenticity, and the creative freedom he brought to the series. Interviews with former crew members and contributors shed light on the collaborative spirit that made Reading Rainbow a cherished memory for many.

The documentary premieres in select AMC theaters on March 17, with a subsequent full run in New York and additional cities. For those unable to catch it in theaters, Butterfly in the Sky will be available on video on demand services, including Prime Video and iTunes, starting April 30.

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