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Name That Movie?

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | April 17, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | April 17, 2010 |

Close friend of the site and former critic for Pajiba, Ranylt Richildis, ran one of our most popular comment diversions of all time three years ago, called “Name That Movie.” The idea is this — if there’s a movie you have vague memory of from years past, but can’t quite figure out what it is, then post details about that mystery movie below, and see if another reader can help you out by naming that movie.

I think it’s time to resurrect that diversion (in fact, we should probably trot it out at least once a year, or set up a permanent place for it). I want to offer a first example from a reader of ours, but first, before we get started, on a related note, does anyone remember the Afterschool Special The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon? I will provide a link to someone’s blog, site, or favorite charity on Pajiba Love (with Stacey’s blessing) as well as a permanent one on our blogroll to anyone that can provide me a copy of that movie in either digital format, DVD, or VHS.

Now, to get the ball rolling on this diversion, Viking has a movie he can’t place. Can you name this movie?

… a favorite filmstrip I saw as a child in the ’70s in the public school system in Virginia. I have tried every search string I can to find out the title, view it on Hulu, find an entry on Wikipedia or find any scrap of information about it. I’m really very surprised that I can’t find anything online. I was between the ages of five and eight when I saw it, so it was circulating in the school system around 1975 - 1978. It was something we were shown often in school. I remember being very fond of it, but I realize that doesn’t necessarily mean it was as good as I remember. I was hoping you could help me find it.

From what I do remember it was a Japan-imation, with a little asian boy protagonist, who finds a caterpillar. The caterpillar dances or does tricks or something and becomes famous, and some company makes it sell toothpaste, and the toothpaste resembles the caterpillar when it comes out of the tube. The caterpillar spins its cocoon and I think loses its toothpaste deal, but emerges as a butterfly so that is the happy ending. Change is good / not to be feared is the moral, if I remember any of this correctly. I don’t remember any dialog, I don’t think there was any. Sound, but not dialog.

In the comments below, help Viking out or offer up your own mystery movie for others to figure out.

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