AFTERSCHOOL KIDS VOL.2 (TV) (1977 USA)
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Modcinema presents its second Afterschool Special double feature, two rarely seen television broadcasts on one DVD!
"Mighty Moose and the Quarterback Kid" (1976) Alex Karras stars as junior football league coach "Moose" Novak in this cautionary tale about living life vicariously through the accomplishments of others. The father (Joseph Mascolo) of 12-year-old football player Benny Singleton (Brandon Cruz) has dreams of his son becoming a star quarterback in the pros. But Benny is merely going through the motions on the field; he would much rather pursue a career as a photographer. It is up to Moose to resolve the conflict between Benny and his dad in a way that will ultimately satisfy them both.
"My Mom's Having a Baby" (1977) One of the most famous and celebrated entries in the 24-year saga of the ABC Afterschool Special series, My Mom's Having a Baby handles a delicate subject with intelligence and impeccable taste. Ten-year-old Petey (Shane Sinutko) is both concerned and confused about his mother's pregnancy. Inevitably, the question arises: "Where do babies come from?" Real-life pediatrician Dr. Lendon Smith answers Petey's query in a manner both honest and straightforward, neither talking down to the boy nor talking over his head. After a cluster of discreetly handled and immensely entertaining animated sequences (produced by DePatie-Freleng) showing the conception and reproduction process, the episode ends with videotaped footage of a live birth -- actually drawn from the 1974 TV special Birth and Babies, with actress Candace Farrell (who went on to be cast as Petey's mom) delivering a healthy infant. Includes the original broadcast commercials from 1977!