The Electric Grandmother (1982 TV Movie)
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This is a cute family movie, that demonstrates aptly the range of emotions some children go through after the loss of a loved one.
Maureen Stapleton does a great job portraying the 'Electric Grandmother.'
However with the passing of time and me being an adult now, I'd like to give this movie a second look and see how I'd like it now. I hated some movies as a little kid that I think I might like now and loved some as a kid that I don't like anymore. Strange how time does that. I'm pretty sure I'd like this movie a lot now because I dig sci-fi. The movie did have some very touching moments in it.
I managed to find a copy of The Electric Grandmother on VHS and I still have it in my collection. The Electric Grandmother is one of the saddest sweetest films I have ever seen, I still cannot watch it with being brought to tears. The acting is superb and Maureen Stapleton is perfectly cast as the android grandmother.
The music is lovely and again perfect for the mood and theme of the film. It is a timeless classic and sadly I have never seen it on DVD.
The Electric Grandmother is up there with The Peanut Butter Solution and Paper House, a must for anyone who loves quality family movies.
I have always been fascinated with this film, mainly because of the visuals and the tender performances by Maureen Stapleton and Edward Herrmann.
Sure it's flawed, and some folks may be creeped out by the subject matter, but I guess I just didn't see it that way. Sometimes children get tired of the same, fluffy, perfect kiddie fare, and this one fits the bill, for a story with a few dark tinges around the edge.
After only learning a few little songs (like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"), I went on to figure out one of the songs in this movie, because I liked it so much. I even played the song for my grandmothers, who I believe enjoyed it.
To this very day, more than 20 years later, I can still remember and play that song, "Grandmother", even though I have never set my eyes on the score.
As I looked at the newspaper this morning, I saw this face I loved as a child smiling back at me. I concentrated hard to sift through the shadows and clouds of my childhood memories mixed with dreams to figure out who this face belonged to.
It was Maureen Stapleton, our Electric Grandmother. The Electric Grandmother had such a wonderful, intense effect on me as a child, she must have stayed with me all this time.
Now, I am excited to share her with my own children. Maureen Stapleton will be missed but she will also live on. We don't see many actresses like this anymore.
The movie deals with family loss in an interesting way. Wouldn't it be nice to create an instant family that was responsible and safe. In any case I never got tired of watching this bittersweet TV movie as a kid.
Maybe they should re-air it. Time to bring back the "after-school" specials don't you think? Lord knows we need more family friendly movies like this for kids.
The humor and futuristic touches make this movie a must have for families. This is a quality movie for any child, young or old, that presents a heartwarming tale of love, friendship, and hope.