Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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Gather Ye Acorns 

Jonathan Quick, the bane of his practical parents' existence, takes an ancient tree troll's advice to pack up his treasured comic-book collection and follow his heart. And so, fifty years later..


Norman Reynolds


Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Mark Hamill ... Jonathan
David Rappaport ... Troll
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Alma Quick (as Lois de Banzie)
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Francine Gazetta
Royal Dano ... Elmer Quick
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jonathan Quick, Age 12
Joanna Merlin ... Marie / Wealthy Lady
Frank Schuller Frank Schuller ... Paul Treadwell
William Dear ... David
Forest Whitaker ... Jerry
John Carlyle John Carlyle ... Auctioneer
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Gas Station Attendant
Kelly Henson Kelly Henson ... Elizabeth Treadwell
Brian Smith Brian Smith ... Treadwell Boy (as Brian Parker Smith)


In 1930s, a young boy named Jonathan Quick decides not to fulfill his practical parents' dream of becoming a doctor. Instead, he takes the advice of a strange mystical little troll, "Mother Nature's Only Son," who claims that if he buys a nice new car and keeps his treasured childhood possessions with him, he will be free of work, rat race and family. Decades pass and by 1955 Jonathan's life has only gotten worse. He chooses to stay a dreamer no matter what and by the 1980s, he's become a broken shell of an old man contemplating suicide. However, that's when he finally gets a break. Is it too little, too late, or a dream come true? Written by Poisoned_Dragon1964

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2 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The troll frequently refers to Jono as "gason." This is an Irish term of affection for a young boy. See more »


The gas station attendant doesn't put out his cigarette when he goes near the gas pump. See more »


References Steamboat Willie (1928) See more »

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Bad Advice From A Troll
3 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A hairy little troll (looks and sounds like a leprechaun with the Irish accent) gives a young boy ("Jono") some bad advice....and advice you often hear in the movies: listen to your heart. No, that is bad advice because the heart is deceitful. Anyway, he tells the kid to forget about studying to be a doctor and that hard work is not a virtue. "There's doctors aplenty is this world," he says, What we could truly do with is a few more dreamers."

Wow, there's sound advice. He claims several times "I am Mother Nature's only son." Actually, writer-director-producer Steven Spielberg, who was responsible for this TV series, actually believes that nonsense (except I would guess he worked pretty hard to get to where he is).

We switch from 1932 to 1938 and now it's Mark Hamill of "Star Wars" fame playing Jono. He winds up spending all his hard-earned money on car. His dad is a little peeved, to say the least, and boots him out of the house.

Years go by and our boys is now a white-bearded almost-homeless bum, a man who has barely survived to ready to kill himself by driving his car - if he can get gas money - over the Hoover Dam.

The story has a happy ending, of course, but a message that doesn't lead to a happy life. (They don't detail the man's 50 years of poverty with no family and friends). An interesting story, nonetheless with a guest appearance by an "unknown" at the time: Forest Whitaker!

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