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This was a great special.It aired on February 4th 1978. It was based on Rober Newton Peck's fantastic "Soup" Books. There was also a televised sequel "Soup For President" also from 1978.Both movies are part of the ABC WEEKEND SPECIALS series. After I managed to acquire both films I was quite excited to see such good adaption of the books.Soup and Rob are 2 kids in the early 20's living in Vermont. They constantly get themselves into hot water for the pranks they pull.This particular film follows the boys misadventures at a Halloween party, and later follows their adventures with a school bully.Very funny and heartwarming. Fans of the books will be pleased.
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The first of two half-hour television programs adapting Robert Newton
Peck's popular 'Soup' books, based loosely on his childhood in
Depression-era rural Vermont. SOUP AND ME and its sequel, SOUP FOR
PRESIDENT, were shown in the 1970's (and rerun for years afterward) on
the Saturday morning children's program THE ABC WEEKEND SPECIAL. Though
the WEEKEND SPECIAL series tends to be remembered as dreary and vapid,
the kind of thing parents and teachers preferred kids watch, the SOUP
adaptions are fondly remembered by many Gen-Xers, probably for the same
reason the books were so successful: They were genuinely funny, a
rarity in 70's children's television.
SOUP AND ME combines two chapters from the book of the same name and updates the kids to more or less present day, presumably for budget reasons. Soup (Christian Berrigan), a young boy who's just clever enough to get himself into all sorts of trouble, and Rob (Shane Sinutko), his more sensible but easily beguiled friend, go skinny-dipping during an unseasonably hot Autumn day and their clothes are stolen by bully Janice Ryker. Forced for modesty's sake to swipe dresses to wear from a church charity bazaar ("Aren't there any poor MEN in the world?" Soup exclaims in frustration when they can't find any other clothes), they set out in their 'costumes' to the school Halloween party, 'borrowing' a huge pumpkin from irascible farmer Mister Sutter's garden to enter in a contest. Naturally, things go wrong from there.
SOUP FOR PRESIDENT is, in my opinion, even funnier. Soup is running for class president and Rob is his campaign manager. Unfortunately, Norma Jean Bissel, a pretty girl Rob has a mad crush on, is running against him and Rob finds himself torn between friendship and puppy love. Worse, Janice Ryker is Norma Jean's campaign manager, and she plays dirty.
Both shows are rarely screened nowadays, but the books can often be found in the children's section of public libraries.
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