From the vault: With the continuous growth of the streaming media space, there are more and more massive studio catalogs. These include lost and forgotten gems, terrible bad movies, and some strange fragments in film history. And you may not find them by waiting for the ribbons to put them in front of you. In the from the vault, Android Authority Designed to save these games from the algorithmic graveyard and help you get more revenue from streaming subscriptions.
When Disney Plus was launched in 2019, the big items were new Star Wars content, such as Mandalorian And Disney classics The little mermaid and beauty and the BeastBut digging into the “return” and “nostalgic movies” parts of Disney streamers is a good way to find buried gold. Jin like tennis shoes worn by computers.
This 1969 movie shows the life of teenagers at the beginning of the computer age in a rough and retro way. Watching is definitely a treat.
It’s hard not to be immediately attracted by the opening animation, which is a stop-motion animation kaleidoscope of artificial computer graphics set as a very popular pop song written for the movie.
This movie gave birth to two sequels-now you see him, now you are gone and The strongest man in the world -Happened in the fictional Medfield College.Medfield has appeared as the background of Disney movies Absent-minded professor And its sequel “Son of Flubber” in the early 1960s.
Director Robert Butler has heroes including Batman, Twilight, Fugitive, Hogan, My Spy, and Mission: Impossible Credit. He brought the typical whims, adventures and vitality of these shows to “Tennis Shoes for Computers”, which is a family movie worth revisiting.
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What are tennis shoes worn by a computer?
In The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Dexter Reilly (Kurt Russell) is a below-average student at Medfield College. Despite the fear of failing, Dexter and his friends have a real affinity for this school. Especially their favorite teacher, Professor Quigley.
Knowing that Quigley wanted the school to buy a computer, Dexter and his friends wanted to help. They began to persuade a wealthy local businessman (played by the always fabulous Cesar Romero) to pay the money. But when selecting parts for the new technology, Dexter accidentally plugged in the computer. He absorbed its wealth of data and programming and turned it into a walking and talking computer.
Dexter, now a genius boy, is involved in a gambling plan with criminals. (The wealth of this generous businessman may not have been obtained legally.) Dexter and his friends must get out of trouble and restore order in Medfield before the crooks stop them.
The risks and rewards of technology
We can’t really talk about The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes without addressing the very outdated elephant in the room. The whole plot revolves around the purchase of a computer by a school for $10,000.
A computer the size of a room.
Even without considering that today’s inflation-adjusted price tag will be close to $75,000, it is difficult not to enjoy such a peculiar premise.
From a thematic point of view, the film handles the technology well. Professor Quigley wants to prepare school children for the future. He firmly believes that the school has the responsibility to spend the money.
When Dexter first started using his new talents, he had to understand that primitive knowledge was not everything. The people in his life are important, and he cannot abandon them for the apparent success of “online”.
Tennis shoes worn by computers actually have a lot to say about our 21st century problems.
When school funding and the role of technology in our lives become hot issues, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes actually feels like it is speaking to the 21st century audience in our own way. At least one point.
Kurt Russell has star power from day one
One of the great pleasures of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is to watch its stars. The new face of Kurt Russell had already shined before he became a household name.
Russell has been acting for decades and was a frequent face in Disney’s magical world in the 60s and 70s. But for fans of his tougher action hero image in his later years, the tennis shoes worn by the computer may bring interesting rhythm changes.
Russell performed the movie as well as the young Dexter. He used skill to balance the boys’ rule-breakers, innocent benevolents, and overconfident child prodigies.
He was about 17 years old at the time of filming, and he has shown a wide range of art, which made him later play a role in movies such as Little China’s Big Trouble, Escape from New York, This Incident, Crash, Grindhouse: Death Proof. The “Fast and Furious” series is very worth seeing.
The new Disney classic?
Are computer tennis shoes a forgotten and underrated Disney classic?
It must have had fans in 1969 and received positive reviews in the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
1969 Various comments Praised Butler for graduating from a small screen and directing a drama, and called the movie “above-average home entertainment.”
New York Times The evaluation of it is not very good, saying that “Tennis Shoes for Computers” “is as exciting as porridge, sterile and predictable like any family-style half-hour home TV show.” Ouch!
Aside from mixed reviews, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is very old and offers a lot of things for family movie nights. Its compact rhythm, simple but clever premise, and clear overall appearance all make it a reliable find in the vault.
It may not overthrow “The Lion King” or “Frozen” in the hearts of children across the country, but it is indeed worth watching. Especially as part of your Disney Plus subscription.