Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Season 31, Episode 2

Hero in the Family (28 Sep. 1986)
"Disneyland" Hero in the Family (original title)

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A teenage son of an astronaut tries to help his father after he and a chimpanzee switch brains as the result of a space flight mis-hap in which the boy must protect the "chimp" in which his... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Collet ...
Benjamin Reed
Digger Reed
Darleen Carr ...
Lisa Reed
Keith Dorman ...
General Presser
Zoo Guard
Bernard Cuffling ...
Galleria Manager
Bill Dow ...
NASA Technician
Deryl Hayes ...
Security Man
Student Council Pres (as Max Margolin)
Alicia Michelle ...
Security Man


A teenage son of an astronaut tries to help his father after he and a chimpanzee switch brains as the result of a space flight mis-hap in which the boy must protect the "chimp" in which his father and is unable to communicate with anyone vocally, plus his father with the chimp's mind from the military personnel and anyone else. Written by Anonymous

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28 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Digger Reed: [knocks on Ben's door, then walks in] Hey, Junior? Oh good, you're not asleep. Can I come in?
Benjamin Reed: [laying in his bed reading, Ben looks at his Dad] Hi.
Digger Reed: Hi. How ya doing?
Benjamin Reed: Fine. I'm doing fine.
Digger Reed: Good. I'm doing fine too.
Benjamin Reed: You allright?
Digger Reed: I wanted to apologize to you, I know I've been a little hard on you lately.
Benjamin Reed: It's no big, deal.
Digger Reed: [goes over and sits on the edge of Ben's desk] Well, I got something for ya. Do you know where I was, on the day you were born?
Benjamin Reed: On the moon, where else?
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Family boredom...
18 August 2004 | by (Gibraltar) – See all my reviews

Hero in the Family is one of those movies that in wanting to be family entertainment ends up in a grey zone that is more likely to mean nothing to any one of any age.

Like a long list of movies, especially in the 80s, the story revolves around a mind/body exchange. This time it is an human astronaut and a chimp astronaut who suffer an accident while on a space mission.

They touch a crystal at the same time and the rest is predictable. As usual only the protagonist (the astronaut's teenage kid) and his girlfriend realize (and want to believe) what has happened and they make it their mission to revert the situation, which involves a few 'action' and 'comedy' scenes whereby they hijack the ape and the dad, steal the crystal and build a home-made machine in a kind of 'A-team' montage meets Star-Trek 'scientific' blabber.

The the outcome is the obvious happy ending.

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