This VIDEOLOG on the Web "Ultimate Collection" features 40 episodes from the popular and prestigious Peabody-winning series that captivated and captured the after school audience for 10 years.
A LITTLE PRINCESS PTS 1-3 (AMELIA SHANKLEY) (DAVID YELLAND)
Sara Crewe (Amelia Shankley) is the pampered darling of her father (David Yelland), an army captain, and the Victorian London girls' school where he places her. Maureen Lipman, Natalie Abbott, Alison Reynolds, Jessica Simpson, Miriam Margolyes.
A WALTZ THROUGH THE HILLS PTS 1 & 2 (DAN O'HERLIHY)
A brother and sister who find themselves suddenly orphaned make a desperate attempt to prevent their separation by trekking across the harsh Australian outback to Perth, where they hope to board a ship to England to be with their grandparents. Ernie Dingo, Dan O'Herlihy.
ALL SUMMER IN A DAY (REESA MALLEN) (KEITH COOGAN); DANNY'S EGG (KEN TALBOT) (PAUL DANIEL)
This Wonderworks episode features two (2) short films:
All Summer in a Day: A group of children eagerly await for the return of sunshine. They haven't seen the sun for 9 years. This 1982 film short is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury. Reesa Mallen, Keih Coogan, Jerry Marshak, Tammy Simpson, Bridget Meade, Edith Fields.
Danny's Egg: The award winning "Danny's Egg" is an Australian short about a boy helping to hatch an abandoned Emu egg and is based on a story by Jim Badger. Ken Talbot, Paul Daniel, Kerry Wyld.
ALMOST PARTNERS (PAUL SORVINO) (ROYANA BLACK)
14 year old Molly McCue (Royana Black) delights in reading detective stories and imagines herself as sidekick of a fictional private eye. When Molly's grandmother is victimized by burglars who steal an urn containing ashes of her recently deceased husband, young Molly begins to probe about the crime scene. This irritates New York City detective Jack Welder (Paul Sorvino), who does not appreciate interference from an amateur sleuth. Molly (in disguise) visits the funeral home where her grandfather was cremated, and soon discovers a connection between the burglary and a highly-publicized theft of an ancient Chinese urn. When Molly's grandmother reports receiving a ransom request for $10,000 to regain her spouse's ashes, Welder and Molly become an unofficial detective team as the veteran policeman becomes energized over an assignment where recovery of the Chinese relic would be the highlight of his career. Mary Wickes, Joseph Amodel, Jayce Bartok.
AND THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD (LEVAR BURTON) (DANNY GLOVER)
When a group of civil rights activists arrive in a sleepy Mississippi town and bring the citizens' simmering racial tensions to the surface, a 12-year-old girl named Rachel joins the fight against segregation and leads the adults to better racial understanding. LeVar Burton, Danny Glover.
BOOKER (C. C. H. POUNDER) (LEVAR BURTON)
The story of Booker T. Washington, a slave in the Civil War South who dreams of receiving an education, even though his stepfather (Thalmus Rasulala) has other plans for the youngster. Jane: C.C.H. Pounder. Davis: LeVar Burton. Based on a true life story.
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (ANNETTE O'TOOLE) (JULIAN COUTTS)
Based on the Newberry Award-winning book by Katherine Paterson, this tender story follows the friendship between a boy and girl who create and then retreat into a magical kingdom called Terabithia. Annette O'Toole, Julian Coutts, Julie Beaulieu, Gloria Carlin, Tom Heaton, Jennifer Matichuk, Peter Dvorsky.
BUSTER'S WORLD (MADS BUGGE)
A Danish film where aspiring magician and perpetual dreamer Buster Oregon Mortenson (Mads Bugge Andersen) amazes his friends and annoys his teachers. Katarina Stenbeck, Peter Schroder, Katja Miehe-Renard.
CLOWN WHITE (SAUL RUBINEK) (MARK CHRISTOPHER DILLON)
Mime Lorene Yarnell plays a storefront mannequin who captures the fancy of a hearing-impaired boy (Mark Christopher Dillon) in "Clown White." Mr. Freed: Saul Rubinek. Max: Michael Ironside. Henry Ramer.
COLOUR IN THE CREEK PTS 1-2 (DENNIS MILLER) (JUDY ALTER)
DEPRESSION ERA ADVENTURES OF AUSTRALIAN BOY AND FAMILY IN GOLD SEARCH. DENNIS MILLER, JUDY ALTER, KEN TALBOT.
DANIEL AND THE TOWERS (MIGUEL ALAMO) (ALLAN ARBUS)
A boy (Miguel Alamo) befriends an Italian immigrant (Allan Arbus) building the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Based on a true life story.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER (CAROL BURNETT) (DANNY DEVITO)
A bittersweet animated story where friends and a dog help Molly cope with her parents' divorce. Animated. Voices: Carol Burnett, Danny DeVito,Carrie Fisher, Rhea Perlman, Henry Winkler.
HECTOR'S BUNYIP (ROBERT COLEBY) (BARBARA STEPHENS)
An Australian made-for-television (MTV) movie shortened into an episode for the Wonderworks series. It is about a young boy left in the woods, who starts talking to a 'bunyip." It becomes his best friend, which everyone thinks is imaginary. Robert Coleby, Barbara Stephens, Tushka Bergen, Todd Boyce.
HOBOKEN CHICKEN EMERGENCY (DICK VAN PATTEN) (GABE KAPLAN)
The mayor of Hoboken (Dick Van Patten) courageously deals with a runaway, 266-pound chicken and features a natural Thanksgiving treat. Gabe Kaplan, Alice Ghostley, Benny Baker, Vivian Vonnell, Hamilton Camp, Richard Deacon, Stephanie Edwards, John Finnegan, Arlene Golonka.
HOW TO BE A PERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS
For klutzy Milo Crimpley, everything that can go wrong does. In desperation, Milo enrolls in eccentric Dr. Silverfish's course "How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days." Silverfish: Wallace Shawn. Jenny: Sarah Boyd. Mrs. Crimpley: Kate McGregor-Stewart.
KONRAD PTS 1-2 (POLLY HOLLIDAY) (HUCKLEBERRY FOX)
A scatterbrain rug maker (Polly Holliday) has her life turned "upside down" when she receives a package containing an "instant kid." Huckleberry Fox, Ned Beatty, Max Wright, Dan Rogers, Jeff Olson, Michael Rudd, Scott Nemes.
MARICELA (LINDA LAVIN)
The trials and tribulations of a mother and daughter who move to the US to escape the violence in El Salvador. Unable to find work in her profession as a schoolteacher, the mother becomes a live-in housekeeper for a wealthy family whose teenage daughter resents the immigrants' presence. Linda Lavin.
MIRACLE AT MOREAUX (LORETTA SWIT) (MILAN CHEYTOV)
Three Jewish children fleeing Nazi-occupied France in World War II find refuge in a Catholic school where they must deal with overcoming stereotypes and trusting Christians in a world where such trust could prove deadly. Loretta Swit, Milan Cheylov.
QUEST BEYOND TIME (DANIEL CORDEAUX) (REBECCA RIGG)
HANG-GLIDING ADVENTURE WHEN KID IS TRANSPORTED TO YEAR 2457. DANIEL CORDEAUX, REBECCA RIGG, TIM ELLIOT.
RIDE A NORTHBOUND HORSE (CARROLL O'CONNOR) (MICHAEL SHEA)
A western adventure about an orphan and a rancher on a cattle drive. Originally aired in two-parts on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Disneyland) in March of 1969. Carroll O'Connor, Michael Shea, Ben Johnson, Andy Devine, Edith Atwater, Jack Elam, Harry Carey, Jr., Dub Taylor.
SEAL MORNING PTS 1 & 2 (ROWENA FARRE) (JANE LAPOTAIRE) (DAVID BIRNEY)
In 1930s England, sensitive orphan Holly Aird (Rowena Farre) and her repressive Aunt Miriam (Jane Lapotaire) aren't getting along -- until a baby seal enters the picture. When the ladies decide to raise the seal themselves, their home becomes a friendly animal refuge, and their efforts attract the attention of handsome naturalist Bernard Lacey (David Birney).
SPIRIT RIDER (ADAM BEACH) (GRAHAM GREENE)
Jesse Threebears is a troubled Native-American teen who has been tossed from one foster home to the next since his mother died when he was an infant. Finally, he is taken in by his grandfather who, after a ten year stint in prison, is living on the reservation. With the help of his grandfather and several others who live on the reservation, Jesse begins to learn about his heritage and how to come to terms with his troubled life. Adam Beach, Graham Greene.
TAIL OF A TIGER (GRANT NAVIN) (GORDON POOLE)
A 1984 Australian movie shortened into an episode for the Wonderworks series. A model-plane enthusiast (Grant Navin) whose dream of flying appears permanently grounded until he meets an old man (Gordon Poole) who owns a broken-down fighter plane. Peter Feeley, Gayle Kennedy, Caz Lederman.
THE BOY WHO LOVED TROLLS (MATT DILL) (SAM WATERSTON) (SUSAN ANTON) (WILLIAM H. MACY)
When 12-year-old Paul's wish that the wonderful stories he reads would come true actually happens, he discovers a troll and a mermaid under a bridge. It turns out that his newfound friend, the troll, has less than a day to live, and Paul must decide whether to risk everything to attempt to save him. Matt Dill, Sam Waterston, Susan Anton, William H. Macy.
THE CANTERVILLE GHOST (RICHARD KILEY) (JENNY BECK) (BARRY VAN DYKE) (SHELLEY FABARES) (MARY WICKES)
An update of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost" (Richard Kiley), who scares the wits out of the residents of his old English mansion. An American family moves in and finds the ghost amusing, but a young girl (Jenny Beck) in the family can release him -- if she dares! Shelley Fabares, Barry Van Dyke, Mary Wickes, Brian Austin Green.
THE FIRE IN THE STONE (PAUL SMITH) (ALAN CASSELL)
A 1984 Australian movie shortened into an episode for the Wonderworks series. An adventurous miner's son makes an opal stone strike and wants to reunite his parents. Paul Smith, Alan Cassell, Ray Meagher, Linda Hartley. RD: 9-18-1984 (Australia).
THE HAUNTING OF BARNEY PALMER (ALEXIS BANAS) (NED BEATTY)
A 1987 New Zealand made-for-television (MTV) shortened into an episode for the Wonderworks series. An eight year-old (Alexis Banas) believes a dead uncle is "coming to get" him. Ned Beatty, Eleanor Gibson, Meredith Braun.
THE HORSE WITHOUT A HEAD (JEANNE-PIERRE AUMONT) (HERBERT LOM)
IAN NSPECTOR'S PLACID LIFE IS DISRUPTED BY KIDS RACING TOY HORSES. JEANNE-PIERRE AUMONT), HERBERT LOM, LEO MCKERN.
THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR PTS 1 & 2 (HOWARD E. ROLLINS, JR.) (MOSES GUNN) (CLARENCE WILLIAMS III)
A series of mysterious happenings make a modern-day black family wonder if the ghosts of runaway slaves are haunting their historic home, which was once owned by a murdered abolitionist named Dies Drear. Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Moses Gunn, Clarence Williams III, Joe Seneca, Frances Foster.
THE LONE STAR KID (CHAD SHEETS) (JAMES EARL JONES) (CHARLIE DANIELS)
A Texas boy's efforts to prevent his town from being annexed by Houston get him elected mayor. Based on a true story. Brian: Chad Sheets. Moses: James Earl Jones. Vernon: Charlie Daniels. Based on a true life story.
THE MIGHTY PAWNS (PAUL WINFIELD)
INNER CITY KIDS BECOME ADDICTED TO CHESS. PAUL WINFIELD.
THE REVOLT OF JOB (HEDI TEMESSY) (FERENC ZENTHE)
An elderly Jewish couple, Job and Roza, adopt an unruly non-Jewish child to whom they intend to pass on their wealth and knowledge before Nazi oppression engulfs Hungary. This Hungarian 1983 film was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1984 Academy Awards Ceremony. Hedi Temessy, Ferenc Zenthe, Gabor Feher, Heinrich Starhemberg.
TOP KID (EMIL MINTY) (HAROLD HOPKINS)
This Wonderworks episode is actually a 1985 episode of the "Winners" series on Australian television that features different stories studying how humans react and live with each other. In this episode. a kid asked to cheat on a radio quiz show. Emil Minty, Harold Hopkins, Michelle Fawdon, Josh McWilliam, Garry McDonald.
WALKING ON AIR (LYNN REDGRAVE)
RAY BRADBURY STORY ABOUT BOY WHO REFUSES TO USE DISABILITY AS A CRUTCH. LYNN REDGRAVE.
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND PTS 1-2 (BRIAN PAINCHAUD) (DOUGLAS JUNOR)
In a small prairie town in Saskatchewan a young boy must confront death when he sees each of his beloved pets and finally his father pass away. Brian Painchaud and Douglas Junor are two youngsters caught in circumstances beyond their control. Patricia Hamilton, Gordon Pinset, Helen Shaver, Jose Ferrer.
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