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Question: There was this cartoon (I think?) series in the 80's (maybe late) in the US that had one girl and two boys searching for lands of gold. The only other thing I remember is that one of the boys had a vase/pot that had broken lines on it that glowed for some reason. Any ideas?

shortdanzr Premium member

Chosen answer: Sounds like "The Mysterious Cities of Gold". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122356/.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I remember a cartoon show about a cat that every time he said a number from 1 to 9 a phantom ghost appeared to make him suffer. What was the name of that cartoon?

Chosen answer: Fraidy Cat: http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/25964-Choo-Choo_Fraidy.html.

Rlvlk

Question: What was the first TV show to sell a DVD box sets of each series?

Chosen answer: It was "The X-Files" season 1.

Mister Ed

Question: Many years ago I saw a cartoon where an old animal was telling the story of what happened to mankind. He told of a world war and the last scene is one soldier left in each side's trench. The first soldier shoots the second, but the second shoots the first before dying, thereby ending the human race. I think the last shot was one of the soldiers sinking into the mud of the trench. What is the title or production company of the cartoon?

Chosen answer: It was called "Peace on Earth" - here's the IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031790/.

James Rowell

Question: I'm trying to find out the name of a television show that I watched in the early to mid-1980's. The only details I remember are that there was group of teenagers that worked on a newspaper and they would often get transported to a different time or area where a "bad guy" was always trying to get to them. Anybody have an idea?

Chosen answer: I think it was "Read all about it." It may have been a Children's Televison Workshop production. Mind you that's just a guess.

James Rowell

Question: I remember watching a couple of tv shows at school in the early 90's. The first was about a bird, I think it was a Kite, and a bloke was after it because he collected bird eggs etc, and a couple of young kids were trying to stop him. In one episode they found loads of eggs and stuffed birds in the back of his shop I think. The second was about some sort of alien, and I think he came out of the sea or lived by the sea or something. There was a computer involved somehow, again with a couple of young kids.

Kayleigh Green

Chosen answer: It sounds a lot like you're talking about an old staple of school programming called. "Look and Read". The first story is Skyhunter and the bird in question was a peregrine falcon. I can't recall the second one, but the first is definitely Skyhunter.

Blue Phoenix

Question: I remember a cartoon a while ago, I think involving Bugs Bunny, where he had a magic wand and was being chased by someone (I'm almost sure NOT Elmer Fudd), ending up in an opera. The climax was the chaser singing on stage while Bugs (or whoever) kept using the magic wand and changing the singer's costume. Any ideas what this cartoon was called?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: It was not a bugs Bunny cartoon. It was a Tex Avery cartoon. Tex Avery's Musical Maestro (1951) Here is the write up: http://comics.ign.com/articles/649/649921p1.html.

Rlvlk

Question: I remember watching a TV programme when I was at primary school. It will have been around the early 1990's. All I can remember from it was that it featured somebody at a keyboard typing in the word "qwertyuiop" and I remember that something happened after they typed it in. Please, please can somebody help me by telling me the title of the programme or what actually happened when they typed in "qwertyuiop"?

David Hutchinson

Chosen answer: I think you are referring to Storyworld, an ITV schools programme in which Tony Robinson ("Baldric" from the Blackadder series) used the magic word qwertyuiop to bring stories to life.

David H

Question: I saw an indie movie about ten years ago which featured two young boys, one of whom I think was called Francis, and it dealt with their fears about nuclear war. A central theme was that after the bomb went off, people turned into pigs. I thought the movie was called Francis, but I can't seem to find anything that matches this description. Does anyone remember this movie?

Chosen answer: The film is called The Butcher Boy and is based on the novel by Patrick McCabe.

Question: I know there have been lots of theatrical movies with direct to video sequels, but are there any direct to video movies that have theatrically released sequels?

Chosen answer: I don't believe there ever has been a sequel after the first film has been made straight to video. Generally the studio that releases a film will test the film and see if there is any potential. Some have spawned sequels, but none in the theatre. The closest film was possibly Toy Story. Like many of Disney's films the sequel was set to go straight to video but the studio felt it was so strong that it was given a theatrical run, which proved extremely successful.

Lummie Premium member

Question: I am trying to remember a movie I saw at least 10 years ago, probably 15 or more. The only thing I can remember about it was that a kid had to race this car around town. While he was doing it I think he had a device to switch red lights to green and I think he went through a car wash and had the outer layer of paint washed off to get away from the cops. At the end I think he ramped through the goal post at the football field, then they buried the car in the end zone. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: I believe this was a 1989 film called "Catch Me If You Can".

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Can't remember what this movie was called. It's basically a horror. All I remember is it's some sort of funhouse or carnival type setting. A guy wearing a mask is chasing a girl through a wooded area. In his hand is what looks like the head of a ventriloquist dummy. As he's running after her he keeps yelling, "meet my friend", at which point the dummy head opens its mouth and screams. This happens a couple of times. Finally, the girl climbs over a fence and the "bad guy" follows her up, throwing the head at her and again yells, "meet my friend". The dummy head lands, rolls over, looks at her, and screams again. One other scene from the same movie is where this same masked guy goes into some room (where he lives?) and there are all the dummies around, sitting in chairs and such.

Chosen answer: Tourist Trap.

MELANIE SMITH

Question: I am trying to find the name of a movie I saw along time ago. It's an old horror flick where a young kid gets lost in the woods and finds a large hole in the ground with monsters in it, and he ends up leading people into this hole to feed the monsters. The only victim I could remember was a handicapped kid in a wheelchair.

Chosen answer: The Pit.

MELANIE SMITH

Question: There's a horror movie that features a climactic scene where a killer is in a barn with a little girl - the killer has a scythe. This would be late 60's early 70's. The killer may be wearing some kind of creepy bag over his head - maybe a scarecrow mask of some kind. Any idea what it is?

Chosen answer: Could it be 'Dark night of the scarecrow'?

MELANIE SMITH

Question: This applies to many, many action/spy movies. Silenced pistols in movies are pretty much silent, but I have read that this is not the case in real life and although a silencer does quieten a gunshot, it's still not exactly silent. My question is, does a real life silenced pistol still have a similar sound to movie silenced pistols (that sort of high pitched "ping" or "pew" sound), only louder, or is it an entirely different noise?

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: It depends. You CANNOT silence a revolver. A silencer on an average pistol will only make the shot about half as loud as normal. It will not make the pistol go "pfft" like in the movies. However, there are some specifically designed weapons, such as the MP5 SD3 (as seen in Navy Seals), the S&W 9mm "Hush Puppy", the British Welrod and the Chinese Type 64, that are almost completely silent, the only noise being the muted clack of the bolt.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Are there any new Star Trek movies or TV series in the works, or is the franchise officially dead?

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: There are a number of rumors right now. No series mentioned, as of yet, but there us definitely work on a new movie. They don't expect it soon, but they do appear to be in the early, brainstorming stages. See here for more.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: I know that at the Oscars, Best Picture and Best Director usually go hand-in-hand. What was the first film to win one without winning the other?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: At the very first Academy Awards (1927/28) "Wings" won Outstanding Picture and the Directing awards went to "Two Arabian Nights" and "7th Heaven" (one for "best direction" one for "best comedy direction"). In fact it wasn't until the 3rd year that "All Quiet on the Western Front" won both. So far the awards have gone to different pictures 19 times.

Myridon

Question: Please can someone help me find the title of a childrens' movie where it starts in the beginning with a boy who rides on a toy in a big present that lands in his room, and it becomes animated after that. There is a scene where there are two princesses that do alphabet and there is another scene where slime tries to make him go to sleep. I don't remember much more. Please help?

Chosen answer: I think the movie you're looking for is "The Phantom Tollbooth" (1970). At least it fits your description with the change from live action to animation, the two princesses and the boy who rides his toy car through a magic tollbooth.For more information check out: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0064806.

Andreas[DK]

Question: How are movies transferred from 35mm film to VHS/DVD?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: The film is projected from a regular projector into a mirror prism that reflects it into a special camera whose shutters are synched to the speed of the projector's. The signal is then sent to a video tape. Then the signal from the camera is sent to a computer where it is cleaned up and enhanced and then sent to the digital or recorded format.

Boobra

Question: Does anyone ever remember remember seeing or hearing about a TV movie that was shown live? I remember, 5-7 years ago, that my mom told me she was watching a movie shown in this way. I think I remember it being black and white. Sound familiar to anyone?

Chosen answer: "Fail Safe" was broadcast live on CBS April 9, 2000, and it is in black and white. It is a story set during the cold war, where a so-called fail-safe warning system malfunctions, and a bomber squadron goes off to bomb Moscow while everyone else is trying desperately to stop them before the time runs out. It stars such people as George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Don Cheadle, Richard Dreyfuss, Sam Elliott, just to mention a few.

Twotall

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