The gang packs up for a camping trip to Cherry Creek two miles from their home, but to them it is the wilderness. After night falls, the hooting owls and croaking frogs conjure up visions ... See full summary »
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard,
A decent story, but the acting is much worse than usual.
Grandma owns a general store and business isn't good. Considering her helpers are all the kids, I think I can understand why! Regardless, a great opportunity for her to sell out to a chain store is coming--but a nasty schmuck is trying to cheat her. This jerk has convinced her that no one wants the store and he's about to buy it out from under her for a pittance. Can the kids somehow help Grandma? Wheezer and Stymie were adorable little kids when "Helping Grandma" was made. However, they were also VERY young and could not read lines or act. In some cases, the directors were still able to get some decent performances from them. However, in this short, Wheezer in particular, is awful. He delivers his lines poorly and makes bizarre faces and is more of a distraction than anything else. As for the older kids, they really are minor characters here--so there's only so much they can do to make up for Wheezer's lack of skills. It's a shame as the story itself isn't bad.
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