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The Tale of the Pinball Wizard 

Ross, a mischievous kid, goes to the mall where his old habits sometimes get the best of him.

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Joe Posca ...
Ross Campbell (as Joseph Posca)
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Sophie
A.J. Henderson ...
Mr. Olson
Tom Rack ...
Sheriff / Security Guard
Nathalie Gauthier ...
Witch / Bag Lady
Normand James ...
Executioner / Wrestler / Nutcracker
Jason Alisharan ...
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Nathaniel Moreau ...
Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...
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Ross, a mischievous kid, goes to the mall where his old habits sometimes get the best of him.

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14 November 1992 (Canada)  »

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Before the storytelling, the kids are playing a Game Boy. See more »

Goofs

Though the game that the Midnight Society members play in the opening is a Game Boy, David explains that the button Eric presses reset it. The Game Boy does not have a reset button. See more »

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[the Dark Knight had knocked Ross' water gun out of his hand with his mace]
Dark Knight: The game isn't over unless all the characters die... and I'm still here. You shouldn't play the game, boy, unless you know the rules!
Ross: But this isn't a game. It's real. And when it's real...
[pulls a miniature water pistol out of his back pocket]
Ross: You can make up your own rules!
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
By Jeffrey Zahn
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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It's all fun and games until someone loses . . . . . a life.
19 August 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

In 1983 there was an anthology movie released named Nightmares, and in that movie was a segment entitled "The Bishop Of Battle" that starred Emilio Estevez as a talented gamer determined to beat the latest and hottest arcade machine to come along. It's a story that's bewilderingly remembered with fondness by many horror movie fans, and I mention it here because "The Tale Of The Pinball Wizard" is very similar.

Young Ross Campbell (Joseph Posca) is the lad determined to play at his best and defeat the machine in front of him, but things take a turn for the strange when he finds that he's now in the game, which has dropped him into the middle of the shopping mall, and the environment all around him is full of potential danger. Can he use his skills to win the game, and his freedom?

Directed by D. J. MacHale, and written by Louise Lamarre and Tom Rack, this is an enjoyable, ridiculous tale from The Midnight Society. It may be all about a pinball game, but it feels more like Donkey Kong at times. I think the most important thing was getting something in there that would feel identifiable to the kids watching.

Posca is a cocky young lad, A. J. Henderson is the man who owns the game that ends up causing all of the problems and Polly Shannon plays Sophie, a stand-in for Princess Daisy in this particular game.

Overall, an entertaining episode that should have been just that little bit better.


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