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- Penn State Educational Television
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- 2005-03-21 12:50:08
- John Eggert
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Subject: Dumbest plot ever....
Subject: Sports Ruin Everything
When the students who normally ride #23 find out their bus has been replaced by #41, they ask questions. Mr. Doogen tells them that because the bus doesn't meet the safety standards visually, mechanically the bus is fine, he offers them a plan to get ol' 23 back en route. The bus driver just needs to meet with the Superintendent of the schools to get the approval for the overhaul.
After pitching the "We can save money!" routine to the administration, they accept his offer. Everyone meets the following Saturday with materials and paints provided by their parents to reupholster and customize the interior of their beloved #23. One of the "outcast" students brings a radio-tape player and turns on some Mozart so he can paint a classical piece on the ceiling of the bus. The other students quickly respond by changing the radio to a (classic) rock station playing an instrumental number so they can work on their rainbows, flowers, and psychedelic concepts and innuendoes. The "outcast" plays his Mozart tape again, but the students turn it back to the (classic) rock station.
Once the bus is complete, the students brag to their friends at school about having the best bus in the corporation. One of the students tells his friend who is on the baseball team, to "check out" their bus sometime. Later that day, the team has an away game and takes ol' 23. They enjoy the ride out to their game, and enjoy the bus even more after their victory-spraying soda all over the interior, ripping holes in the bus seats with their cleats, and laughing at their destruction the entire time because of the high they feel after winning the game.
The coach is confronted the next day by Mr. Doogen of #23, and laughs off property damage by saying "I'm real sorry. The kids won a tough game. And they got carried away. After the win, they got a little wild. I calmed things down, but by then it was too late." The sports team is then told they have to help the other students fix up their bus again.
All in all, this film isn't the greatest but it can become quite comical at times. Take 17 minutes of your life and learn about ol' 23!
Subject: Pimp My Ride
Subject: Out to my Ol' 55...
A school bus, Ol' #23, is about to be pulled from service because of torn seats and peeling paint. The bus is otherwise sound, so the bus driver cooks up a plan to have the kids decorate the inside. Interestingly, information such as costs to reupholster or regulations on the specfications of paint and fabric are handled naturally as part of the conversations; you never get the feeling that "THIS IS THE MESSAGE."
While this is pretty average is interesting, the real topper is when the kids decorate. One very geeky looking kid sets up in the back of the bus like he's Michaelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, blaring Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro Overture. While the rest of kids are painting lips, rainbows and other pieces of 70's iconography and changing the music on the boombox to generic rock, the geek manages to paint a reproduction of the Mona Lisa on the ceiling! While this is interesting, the attachment the kids have for a particular bus seems a bit unnatural.
More typical behavior is exhibited by the baseball team a few days later. After winning a game against a rival to the background of constant organ music, the kids throw stuff, put their cleats through the seats and spray Coke on the Mona Lisa. The film ends with the bus driver upset and the coach and the team offering to repair the damage.
Is this a film about responsiblity? Is it antivandalism? Perhaps. But in an effort to seem nonchalant and lowkey, the actual message is pretty subtle-- perhaps too subtle. The solution of having the kids redecorate the interior, while interesting, also seems impractical; most kids would not get that passionate about a particular bus. But it does make for interesting film.
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