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JackBurton
07-15-09, 07:42 AM
I've seen some of the short films contained in the Educational Archives sets and those seem to be a little before my time. However, I do recall seeing some educational and moral/life lesson films throughout my school years which seemed to be made in the 70s/80s. Some were on reel to reel projector while others were on VHS. Topics ranged from science & history to health & safety. While some were admittedly bad (and heavy handed), some had great animation and were quite informative.

Still others focused on life issues such as teamwork, honesty, drunk driving, teen suicide, drugs, alcoholic parents, etc. These were almost more like after school specials or TV movies. Although, they'd probably be too sappy/corny for words nowadays, at the time they were sometimes interesting and, on rare occasion, engaging. One that I vaguely recall dealing with teen suicide was called Silence of the Heart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence_of_the_Heart).

Anyone have any memories (fond or not) of educational and/or life lesson films that you were shown in school?

Again, these are not to be confused with mainstream movies that you were shown in school, perhaps as reward or if it was raining during recess, which are covered quite well in this thread: What movies did you watch at school? (Elementary/High school) (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk/481126-what-movies-did-you-watch-school-elementary-high-school.html)

Lastdaysofrain
07-15-09, 07:50 AM
I have a ton of these from the 40s-70s, but I haven't managed to track down any of the ones I was shown in the 80s and early 90s.

stingermck
07-15-09, 08:11 AM
All I can remember is some movie where this girl was bulimic, and would throw up in jars, store them in her closet, and then dispose of them in a river. Mom found found her vomit stash, and then it was lesson time.

Giles
07-15-09, 08:16 AM
all I remember was some film about not throwing rocks over highway bypasses. :lol:

Drexl
07-15-09, 08:34 AM
Uncle Smiley: http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1320026

(That's about the most information I could find about them)

Artman
07-15-09, 08:38 AM
That one about the robot Grandma...

Groucho
07-15-09, 08:45 AM
I went to public school in Utah, so I got films about what to do if I encounter a non-Mormon or a minority. I learned that they are people too, and should be treated with respect and dignity!

arminius
07-15-09, 09:04 AM
I remember one in 10th grade biology called hemoglobin that was animated.

ChefWinduAZ
07-15-09, 10:53 AM
That one about the robot Grandma...

Wasn't that a Twilight Zone episode?

JasonF
07-15-09, 10:54 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_QdHn8FT7SdY/R-hoN6xdoOI/AAAAAAAABuY/-ELWG0buXQE/s400/DDmathTitle.jpg

Does the Lorax count? I think we watched that once a year for a stretch of 3 or 4 years.

CharlieK
07-15-09, 10:58 AM
Do movies shown in Driver's Ed class count? Man, those were some rough life lessons. I still can't hear Diana Ross's 'Theme from Mahogany' without thinking of severed heads and limbs on a rain-slicked highway.

Wazootyman
07-15-09, 11:33 AM
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sauce07
07-15-09, 11:37 AM
I used to love the ones from health class where kids started using and taking drugs. Sometimes you have to wonder if the people who made it had any idea what happens in the real world. I remember one had a kid dealing coke from the front door of his nice suburban house, while his parents were home.

One that actually worked on me was about chewing tobacco. It featured a baseball player that had half of his face removed, just a horrible sight. Because of that video I have never touched the stuff (one of the only things I never tried).

rw2516
07-15-09, 11:55 AM
All I remember are the science ones with Richard Carlson and the professor guy who introduces The Mole People movie. Had a lot of Disney type animation.

superdeluxe
07-15-09, 11:58 AM
I've seen some of the short films contained in the Educational Archives sets and those seem to be a little before my time. However, I do recall seeing some educational and moral/life lesson films throughout my school years which seemed to be made in the 70s/80s. Some were on reel to reel projector while others were on VHS. Topics ranged from science & history to health & safety. While some were admittedly bad (and heavy handed), some had great animation and were quite informative.

Still others focused on life issues such as teamwork, honesty, drunk driving, teen suicide, drugs, alcoholic parents, etc. These were almost more like after school specials or TV movies. Although, they'd probably be too sappy/corny for words nowadays, at the time they were sometimes interesting and, on rare occasion, engaging. One that I vaguely recall dealing with teen suicide was called Silence of the Heart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence_of_the_Heart).

Anyone have any memories (fond or not) of educational and/or life lesson films that you were shown in school?

Again, these are not to be confused with mainstream movies that you were shown in school, perhaps as reward or if it was raining during recess, which are covered quite well in this thread: What movies did you watch at school? (Elementary/High school) (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk/481126-what-movies-did-you-watch-school-elementary-high-school.html)


We were shown a movie called 'Threads' when I was in high school. Very thought provoking.

Giles
07-15-09, 12:08 PM
^ what was the US tv show that was similiar in nature. I remember 'Threads' being alot more graphic in terms of the mass depiction of radiation death.

superdeluxe
07-15-09, 12:17 PM
^ what was the US tv show that was similiar in nature. I remember 'Threads' being alot more graphic in terms of the mass depiction of radiation death.

The Day After I think. It was showed in school too, but it was a little too early for me.

Threads messed my head heh.

Ash Ketchum
07-15-09, 12:40 PM
We used to see some of this type of stuff in school growing up, but I don't recall too many specifics. I remember seeing a film in 10th grade biology class about boy-girl relations, but it wasn't quite a sex education film. (It was around ten years old at that point.) The "raciest" thing it showed was a boy sweating under his armpits when he called up a girl in his class. It got a little racier after the film when we talked about it in class and I asked the male teacher to explain something to me. What made a penis hard during an erection? Blood rushing to it, was the answer. Oh. :blush: Hey, I didn't know that. Who was I gonna ask? My parents?

Giles
07-15-09, 12:43 PM
We used to see some of this type of stuff in school growing up, but I don't recall too many specifics. I remember seeing a film in 10th grade biology class about boy-girl relations, but it wasn't quite a sex education film. (It was around ten years old at that point.) The "raciest" thing it showed was a boy sweating under his armpits when he called up a girl in his class. It got a little racier after the film when we talked about it in class and I asked the male teacher to explain something to me. What made a penis hard during an erection? Blood rushing to it, was the answer. Oh. :blush: Hey, I didn't know that. Who was I gonna ask? My parents?

http://itodyaso.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/dr_20ruth.jpg

JackBurton
07-15-09, 12:49 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_QdHn8FT7SdY/R-hoN6xdoOI/AAAAAAAABuY/-ELWG0buXQE/s400/DDmathTitle.jpg

Do movies shown in Driver's Ed class count? To blend the Disney and driver's ed themes, I even recall a Disney animated film that was shown called, Dad, Can I Borrow the Car? (www.imdb.com/title/tt0150255) narrarated by Kurt Russell!

Ash Ketchum
07-15-09, 12:50 PM
http://itodyaso.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/dr_20ruth.jpg

LOL. If only Dr. Ruth had been my elementary or junior high teacher, what a different (and more productive) adolescence I might have had. :rock:

Jon2
07-15-09, 09:48 PM
All I remember are the science ones with Richard Carlson and the professor guy who introduces The Mole People movie. Had a lot of Disney type animation.

That's the Bell Science series, which I think were made in the mid to late '50s. I think Arminius might have been referring to one of them (Hemo the Magnificent) in his post.

I saw many of these in grade school in the mid '60s. I loved watching them and not just because we got out of class to see them. I've now got a three of them on DVD and, while dated, they are still entertainingly educational.

gmanca
07-15-09, 10:07 PM
I remember watching some Disney adolescent "instructional" video in 5th grade, which was hilarious to me at the time. And one where it was a conversational Q and A with a panel of boys and one with girls asking questions. Then there were the generic Bill Nye the Science guy tapes with episodes from the show, but nothing unique to the classroom.

I think around the 90's, things changed from videos to demonstrations/motivational speakers; instead of films on drugs, we had a cop show us PCP vials in elementary school with a McDonalds' sponsored Robot, Officer Mac. In high school, there were tons of motivational speakers, guys talking about knowing drug addicts or having cancer.

Cardsfan111
07-15-09, 10:32 PM
That's the Bell Science series, which I think were made in the mid to late '50s. I think Arminius might have been referring to one of them (Hemo the Magnificent) in his post.

I saw many of these in grade school in the mid '60s. I loved watching them and not just because we got out of class to see them. I've now got a three of them on DVD and, while dated, they are still entertainingly educational.

Thanks for this info. When I saw this thread, this is the one that came to mind for me. Glad to know it's available on DVD.

Charlie Goose
07-15-09, 10:40 PM
There was one with Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (Mr. & Mrs. Cunningham) about the dangers of smoking. Oddly, it took place in the Brady Bunch house. And it had a laugh track.

Drexl
07-15-09, 11:11 PM
I don't know if this was shown in schools, but it probably was somewhere. Does anyone remember "Strong Kids, Safe Kids?" It was this video about sexual abuse and how kids should tell if they were touched.

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At about 1:45 there's an unintentionally hilarious song about the proper words for private parts.

AnonomusBob15
07-15-09, 11:25 PM
Voyage of the Mimi. On Lasersdisc

leacha
07-15-09, 11:45 PM
I remember a couple of em.

One was some never quit type movie that kept saying the phrase "You can do it Duffy Moon". Another was in Music class about some loser band called Charlie Midnight. They kept showing a clip of them playing the song "Another Saturday Night".

Years later a friend and I were hanging out and we heard that song and we both laughed about that stupid film.

Lastdaysofrain
07-16-09, 07:33 AM
I own Strong Kinds, Safe Kids on laserdisc.

superdeluxe
07-16-09, 08:21 AM
Voyage of the Mimi. On Lasersdisc

which starred ben affleck lol.

Giles
07-16-09, 09:17 AM
There was one with Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (Mr. & Mrs. Cunningham) about the dangers of smoking. Oddly, it took place in the Brady Bunch house. And it had a laugh track.

that's surreal.

TheySentYou
07-16-09, 06:52 PM
Stand and Deliver
The Red Balloon
Pay It Forward
The Buttercreamer Gang

...and some Disney films that may have some life lessons here and there

gglass4269
07-16-09, 07:33 PM
I'll never forget the week that we were studying ww2 in high school. My class had some really big dickheads that showed no respect towards the topic at all. At the end of the week, my teacher showed the opening clip of Saving Private Ryan. I'll never forget that at the end, those same dickheads were absolutely stunned by what they had seen, and from that day on, were always bugging my teacher for more lessons about ww2. Just one of life's cool moments man...