View Full Version : ID the 16mm high school film

california jobcase
04-24-2011, 09:27 PM
I attended 7th-12th grade in the same building, central Indiana, '72-'78. Classes were 55 minutes long. Occasionally, the teacher would show a movie which usually had something to do with the current topic. Sometimes the teacher would show a movie just to take a break from teaching.
There was one movie I saw what seemed like dozens of times in those six years on the days the teachers would take a break. The one part of it I remember best showed a bunch of obedient ping pong balls being produced in a factory- all normal except one, which kept bouncing higher and higher. It was rejected and made it outside, where it eventually bounced too high and apparently never came back down.
Anybody out there remember this film and what it was called?

04-24-2011, 10:34 PM

Scroll down to "A Parable".

Youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ7ei9SY714

04-24-2011, 10:35 PM
I've never seen it, but googling animated ping pong ball movie comes up with Why Man Creates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Man_Creates). This short won an Academy Award. This is the description given for "A Parable", part of the film:A Parable begins at a ping-pong ball factory. Each ball is made in exactly the same way, and machines test them to get rid of anomalies. As the balls are being tested for their bounce levels, one bounces much higher than the rest. It is placed in a chute which leads to a garbage can outside the factory. It proceeds to bounce across town to a park, where it begins to bounce. Quickly, a cluster of ping-pong balls gather around it. It keeps bouncing higher and higher, until it doesn't come back. It concludes with the comment:
"There are some who say he’s coming back and we have to wait ...
There are some who say he burst up there because ball was not meant to fly ...
And there are some who maintain he landed safely in a place where balls bounce high ..."

Here's a Youtube clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ7ei9SY714)


04-24-2011, 10:38 PM
Darn you, Wheeljack!


california jobcase
04-24-2011, 10:39 PM
That's it! Thanks.

04-24-2011, 10:39 PM
Yours was textier. We'll share the point.

Sam A. Robrin
04-25-2011, 12:29 AM
They left out the part where all the other Ping-Pong balls get hammered into square holes....

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