An inventive English boy named Egghead realizes his limitations on the cricket field. So he and his sister Elspeth program their dad's invention, a robot that looks like Egghead, to take his place on the team. The robot also takes over the boy's chores and attends school for him, with regrettable results.
|Keith Chegwin||........||Egghead Wentworth|
|Jeffrey Chegwin||........||Eric the Robot|
|Richard Wattis||........||Paul Wentworth|
|Patricia Routledge||........||Mrs. Wentworth|
A film about a German Shepherd named Sirius (after the Great Dog star of Canis Major) and his star-gazing young master, a boy named Frank Kalas. Frank lives by the railroad tracks in a German occupied Czech village where his father is the railroad gatekeeper. The boy and his devoted pet bring joy to each other as they run around in the countryside surrounding their farm. After the boy's father is taken by the Nazis and accused of sabotaging a nearby train, the boy is ordered by the Gestapo to surrender Sirius to them to be trained as a war dog. The boy resorts to tragic measures to prevent this.
Shortly after young Bob Grant, who lives with his sister and brother next to a fire station, is finally given an official junior fire brigade badge, he is lauded for his alertness in saving from destruction a factory set on fire by two thieves. From then on,
the thieves make life miserable for the youngster by planting evidence that makes him look like an arsonist. Bob and his siblings set out to prove the boy innocent and expose the criminals.
This story, set in the 1930s, centers around Nina, a preteen girl paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. When Nina's mother dies, Mr. Filean, an undiscovered artist who lives in the attic of the same ghetto building, is appointed her temporary guardian. His main objective is to sell some of his work and raise enough money to see that Nina gets the medical attention that may allow her to walk again. While trying to provide for the two of them, Mr. Filean also has to deal with a custody battle with Ms. Carlson, who thinks it is an outrage that a painter who can hardly take care of himself is left to take care of a young girl. There are other challenges, courtesy of the unpleasant building superintendent, which include the looming threat of eviction and accusations of theft. The artist is assisted in his struggles by several people, including a social worker and a little gang of "Street kids", who who help Nina to obtain the medical attention she requires.
|Cornelis Vreeswijk||........||John Filean/Johan Fahlen|
|Anita Lindblom||........||Ingrid Sanner|
|Monica Zetterlund||........||Mrs. Carlson/Malinda Karlsson|
Notes: The film is a musical, but it is likely the songs did not survive the editing required for the Festival's one hour timeslot.
A remake/update of the 1944 film "Rännstensungar", in turn this version was remade/updated with the 2006 film "Förortsungar".
Winter of the Witch
United States 1969 24min
Broadcast 10/30/76, 03/12/77
Directed by: Gerald Herman
A ciy boy and his mother travel to a country house described to them as warm and lovely and a great bargain. It not only turns out to be rundown, creaky and dilapidated, but it also houses a surprise, a scraggly witch who is thoroughly indignant at the invasion of what she considers to be her home. The intruders' presence forces the witch to adjust to the modern world, and to stop being a bad witch. She reforms in her own rather unique way and conjures up a special treat to help solve the world's unhappiness.
The story begins in the laboratory of Uncle Charlie, whose secret and not quite perfected invention, a time machine, is accidentally activated and transports the inventor and his nephew David back to the middle ages. Outside a medieval castle, David meets a young girl named Lady Eleanor, whose father is off on Crusades, and her slightly bumbling sorcerer. Vanquishing a dragon, the boy brings the now-docile beast, along with Lady Eleanor and the sorcerer, back to his friends and family in the present.
|Kim Burfield||........||David Hawkins|
|Debbie Russ||........||Lady Eleanor|
|John Bluthal||........||Uncle Charlie|
|Erik Chitty||........||Sir Roger|
This film follows the comic escapades of two Greek boys trying to raise enough cash to leave wintry Montreal and join their Dad at their sunny homeland. They develope a unique method of keeping delivery pizza warm in the frigid climate.
Cast: Tom Contos, Robert Daviau
Notes: A National Film Board of Canada Production
Also known as: Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World
United Kingdom 1973 88min
Broadcast 01/08/77, 06/25/77
Directed by: Joseph McGrath
Complications arise when a lovable sheepdog accidentally ingests a mysterious miracle powder called "Project X" and grows to be the size of a horse. The canine experiences a series of unique adventures as a sort of guinea pig and ends up larger than a mountain.
|Jim Dale||........||Jeff Eldon|
|Spike Milligan||........||Dr. Harz|
A bird found nesting on a local riverbank intrigues a group of children in this film about amateur ornithologists. The children abandon their favorite play area to study for their junior high school entrance examination and discover the nest of a rare African bird. Pals Tsuyoshi and Toru have different approaches to their work. The former is remiss in his studies, while the latter, under his mother's supervision, spends long hours of intensive study. Tsuyoshi's preference for studying the African bird leads him on the path to ornithology and journalism. He issues his own newspaper, but Toru's mother will not allow her son to have a copy of the paper for fear it will interfere with his studies.
|Yoshi Kato||........||Torus' Father|
|Kaoru Yachigusa||........||Tsuyoshi's Mother|
A drama about the adventures of an abandoned canine who turns into a salty sailor. The story follows an abandoned puppy from his birthplace in a Russian coastal town through a seafaring career that results from his adoption by a naval officer who names him Salty
and makes him the ship's mascot. Salty's sailing days are interrupted when, during a visit to shore where Salty runs off to play with another dog, the ship sails without him. Salty is left stranded, homeless and without food.
|Vladimir Menshov||........||Sailor Martiamov|
A film about a lonely, bored little six-year-old who uses a variety of schemes to achieve companionship while her mother is at work. Her mother Nina works at a college of veterinary medicine in Stockholm. The girl devises plans to visit her mother at work by picking up stray pets and pretending they are ill. Although her plans do not work out exactly as she had hoped, her need for companionship is resolved by an even better idea worked out by her mother.
|Verna Lindberg||........||Aunt Saga|
A riding stable’s acquisition of a temperamental circus pony called Mischief leads to unforeseen problems. After David Brewer persuades a stable owner to give him a job handling the cantankerous pony, Mischief, the youngster discovers, upon noticing the animal prance around to flute music, that his charge must have been a circus pony trained to dance. David's ability to handle the gifted little animal causes resentment among the other young stable boys, who launch a campaign to cause trouble for David and make him look incapable in his employer's eyes. When Mischief inadvertently throws young Jenny, the horse is slated to be destroyed. A happy ending ensues after Mischief helps Davy rescue Jenny from a grisly fate.
|Tiko and the Shark||10/16/76|
|Captain Mikula, the Kid||11/13/76, 08/13/77|
|The Boy Who Wore Spectacles||11/27/76|
|Me and You, Kangaroo||02/26/77, 08/27/77|
|Shopping Bag Lady||03/19/77|
|Three Nuts for Cinderella||04/23/77|
|Bag on Bag||05/08/77|
|Pero and His Companions||06/04/77|
|On Snow White||07/16/77|
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