com/2002_09_15_jessewalker_archive.html#81790879">No Wonder Jesse Walker's So ... Different:
My favorite classroom movie was probably either Telezonia, a quasi-psychedelic paean to the telephone system, or an animated fable, title unfortunately forgotten, about a rude little boy who quite literally turns into a pig. I can still remember vividly the weird scene in Telezonia in which the protagonists discover that there's no Q or Z on their phone dial. Instantly, two excessively jolly people -- one dressed as the letter Q, the other as the letter Z -- enter the scene. "That's right!" they exclaim. "But you'll still see us later! In the telephone directory!"

As for the pig movie: It really freaked me out. Especially the part where the boy reveals to his mom that he's turned into a pig, and instead of reacting the way a normal mother would, she turns on a TV show about astronauts and explains that they aren't rude little pigs, no sir, not if they want to go into space.

Posted by at September 21, 2002 10:31 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers that damn telephone movie. We even had to act out parts of it for a school play when I was in the first grade. I was a telephone repairman.

I've never forgiven the Chicago Public School System for its crimes and I never will. And Forrestal Elementary School earns a special place in my heart for driving me to utterly hate the song "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang.

I don't remember the pig movie, but I do remember being told we were going to see "The Jungle Book" in assembly one day and I thought it was going to be the cartoon with Baloo. We go in and it's some old friggin live action movie with non-talking animals and some stoned kid playing Mowgli. I couldn't understand a damned word he said, nor could I figure out what the hell was going on besides the fact that he was always trying to hump a tree for some reason. Thank you Norfolk Public Schools. I always wanted to see some hot inter-phyla action in the lunchroom that didn't involve ingestion and regurgitation.

Jesus, how can you have "The Jungle Book" without a singing orangatun?

Posted by: Paul at September 21, 2002 11:42 PM
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