Two parents become increasingly concerned that their children are spending far too much time in the virtual reality playroom, which seems permanently set to the African veldt.

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... Lydia Hadley
... George Hadley
Damien Atkins ... Peter Hadley
Shana Alexander ... Wendy Hadley
Thomas Peacocke ... David McLean
Del Mehes ... Mechanical Voice
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Two parents become increasingly concerned that their children are spending far too much time in the virtual reality playroom, which seems permanently set to the African veldt.

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10 November 1989 (France)  »

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David McLean: So the problem's sick kids?
Lydia Hadley: Sick nursery, David.
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Remake of The Illustrated Man (1969) See more »

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Stay Out of Africa
26 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most famous of the Bradbury stories. It involves something that he was interested in: the house that runs itself, which causes a human disconnect. In such a house is a holographic "nursery." Two children, Peter and Wendy (do those names sound familiar, think Neverland) live with their parents in such a house and have everything handed to them but have almost no human connection. They even call their parents by their first names. It become apparent that an African setting in the nursery is more than that. It is real with real lions and elephants and a fixation on the life and death struggles between the hunters and the hunted. The adults try to fix things, but they are much too late to forge a relationship with their children. The children have developed a nearly sociopathic being with no regard for life. This is very disturbing over sixty years after the story was initially written. Much of the technology portrayed is here and the connection with our children is waning. Try this one on for size.


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