Written By: François-Noël Vanasse
This is a difficult time. The world is riddled with anxiety, fear, and a deadly disease that has radically interrupted the daily life of nearly everything and everyone. So, for the whole month of April, The Porkchop Express presents: THE QUARANTINE STREAM, a 30 day series designed to help shine a light on a film that is worthy of your time and might very well be the distraction you need. In an effort to keep it fresh, we will be alternating between the big three services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) and trying to keep the choices as varied as possible.
For Day Twenty, take a deep dive into the nostalgia machine! Now available on YouTube. Click the hyper-link to be directed right to it.
Starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel here and pulling out impossible to find childhood favourites. I own this film on VHS and I must have watched it a hundred times. Moonbeam entertainment was a direct-to-video puppet movie company that made a couple of things that 90s kids’ brains might remember like the Prehysteria! series where a couple of kids end up having to take care of several newly hatched rambunctious dinosaurs. Dragonworld, however, is easily the production company’s masterpiece. The film stars a great big dragon puppet that ends up being turned into an amusement park attraction by rich investors. Before all of that it’s a pretty touching story about a young boy Johnny MacGowan (Courtland Mead, who would go on to play Danny in *The Shining*!) who is sent to Scotland after the tragic death of his parents to live with his grandfather Angus (Andrew Keir) where he soon discovers and befriends a young baby dragon while learning to play the bagpipes. It’s not high art, the puppet doesn’t really stand up to much scrutiny, but the kid is cute and the young man he grows up into (Alistair Mackenzie) is a looker. This film looms pretty monumentally in my mind, it’s why I love a lot of things the way I do, and I’m happy to share its charms, whatever they might be without the benefit of nostalgia.