Sunday, June 23, 2013

174 Quiz Answer


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.”

(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings.) 

44 comments:

Altonian said...

Jumping in with the first film that came instantly to mind - BIG!

Roger Owen Green said...

OK, this is just a guess, based on making toys: Big.

Berowne said...

Good start: both Roger Owen Green and Altonian have provided us with the right answer.

Roger Owen Green said...

Oh, GOOD. I had second and third picks, which I'll bet will show up in your comments.

Doctor FTSE said...

Ding Ding ring any bells, Mr.B?

jabblog said...

I enjoyed reading this but, as usual, the answer eludes me. I can't see the Empire State Building being much of a stimulating toy, either;-)

Lyn said...

If you put "King Kong" on top, maybe it will sell! Otherwise...can't wait.

Nana Jo said...

This was difficult, but is it the movie Big, with Tom Hanks? I loved that film, by the way.

ds said...

Haven't a clue--but can't wait for the reveal...

naturgesetz said...

I haven't the foggiest idea.

Berowne said...

Nana Jo is the latest with the right answer. Who's next?

Roger Owen Green said...

Jabblog - I went to the Empire State Building when I was a kid, and I got a pencil sharpener in the shape of the building. I had it for decades!

kaykuala said...

An Affair to Remember by any chance?

Hank

Frankie Jay said...

Going for the Tom Hanks movie Big.

Berowne said...

Another "winner" - Frankie Jay has the correct answer.

Kutamun said...

The Gospel of St Thomas ?

kaykuala said...

Sleepless in Seattle, Elf or Independence Day?

Hank

Kathe W. said...

I am stumped again! 2 weeks in a row! Rats! Have a great week- I am going to have to ponder awhile!

Berowne said...

"Sleepless in Seattle, Elf or Independence Day?"
You've given us three fine answers, K, but unfortunately none of them is THE answer.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love the mystery. Can't figure it out. Love reading mind teasers although my mind often is stumped. lol

Helena said...

I can only think of Big with Tom Hanks in but to be honest it's a total stab in the dark....(of which there's never light....*sigh*..)

Berowne said...

Helena has just joined the ranks of those with the right answer. Who's next?

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

All I can think of is "Big" where Tom Hanks just 'doesn't get it' as they're presenting the Empire State Building that transforms...

Berowne said...

Meryl Jaffe has also graced us with the correct answer.

Kate said...

I suppose that one of the Toy Stories might be too simple or obvious? You may have stumped me this week, right while I was on a roll! Kate, ABC Team

Leslie: said...

"You've Got Mail" ???

Berowne said...

Doctor FTSE wrote: "Ding Ding ring any bells, Mr.B?"
I honestly didn't understand this comment, Doc. Please explain.

Kate said...

Another try; how many do I get? How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying?

Kate said...

One last attempt: Superman!

uberrhund said...

Miracle on 34th street ?

uberrhund said...

Maybe not the other guess, now that I read again I think it is "BIG" with Tom Hanks

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Once again, not even a guess in mind!!

Berowne said...

Another "winner." Uberrhund, originally suggesting 34th Street, changed his mind and coughed up the right answer.

Berowne said...

Kate wrote: "Another try; how many do I get?"
According to our home office in Reykjavik, you can try as many times as you like. :-)

Lily Strange said...

I was kind of a weird kid, but I probably would have liked a toy empire state building. However, I've never been good with quizzes.

Sheilagh Lee said...

you know there are two movies that I know of that actually have scenes like this one is the Santa Claus the Big.I'm going with Big.

Sue said...

Read this twice and still can't come up with it. I think you've got me.

=)

Berowne said...

As we make the far turn and enter the home stretch, Sheilagh Lee has come up with the right answer.

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Didn't see the movie.Like your dialogue. Good read.

Kate said...

Did someone already say King Kong? I'll keep trying 'til you post the answer. I should get points for that, shouldn't I?!

Kathe W. said...

Oh my gosh- I NEVER would have guessed! Good one Berowne! I'm ready for the next one!

Berowne said...

Good, Kathe W, see you Sunday!

Helena said...

YAY! I was convinced I had it wrong, too! I guess the film must have stayed with me deeper than I credited for! Thanks for the fun, Berowne!

Roger Owen Green said...

Miracle on 34th Street would have been MY second guess!

 
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