Here’s this week’s quiz answer.
“Big” is a fantasy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight.(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "X" is for "exact")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question.
It's not Kubrick, but it is a film that I have in mind. The following scenelet should remind you of a well-known motion picture. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: name the movie.
The largest toy manufacturer in the country is having a meeting to plan the introduction of their latest product to the general public.
Hal: “What we’ve wound up with is our next big seller, and one of the reasons is that it’s the safest toy on the market.”
Fred: “I wonder if kids are going to ask their parents to get them the safest toy on the market?”
Hal: “Well, their parents are going to want it, and they’re the ones with the dough.”
Fred: “Don’t forget a lot of kids manage to stow away cash and buy their own stuff.”
Keith: “Fred, you may not be aware of how our Research and Development section came up with this item. They worked on it for months; concept, design, marketing. This is vintage toy-making by experts; it's an idea that has traction. Because what we have as a result is a wonder: a copy of a world-famous building, a toy Empire State Building! An exact replica, down to the tiny details. And for a great low price.”
Hal: “Yes, and it’s a fact that kids love things having to do with the building trade – Bob the Builder, construction work, concrete mixers, anything having to do with building. So we know there’s an established market for our sensational new toy version of the Empire State Building. Fisher-Price has nothing like this.”
Keith: “You don’t looked convinced, Fred.”
Fred: “Well, you know, it’s just – what do you do with it? A toy is something a kid plays with. How do you play with a building?”
Hal: “Look at it this way. The idea is that the father has a hobby; he probably collects things. There are millions of collectors – they go after old baseball cards, butterflies, seashells, stamps, you name it. This impresses a guy’s son; he wants to be a collector too. It's imperative that folks understand that this item is a great way for a kid to start a collection.”
Keith: “And you’ve got to admit if it starts off with a toy Empire State Building it could be a terrific collection.”
Fred: “I don’t think it’s a good idea at all.”
Hal: “Look. I don’t mean to be offensive, Fred. But you’re new to this company and you come in here talking garbage and acting as if you know it all and we’re just beginners. We were prepared to listen to what you have to say. Well, we’ve listened, so do us the favor of shutting up and letting us get on with our work. Okay?”
Fred: “Okay. But when I think of a toy I don’t think of a building.”
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