View Poll Results: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

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  • I did, and I miss being able to see them again!

    22 70.97%
  • I remember them, but I don't really miss them.

    5 16.13%
  • I barely remember them, and don't really have an opinion either way.

    2 6.45%
  • That was all before my time....

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    Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    This is mostly for those of us who are around 35 and up.

    How many of you used to just love watching 16mm films in school on an old Bell & Howell projector? I sure did. To me nothing was better in school than when they'd roll in the projector on an AV cart and set it up with a reel or two of movies, usually educational films, sometimes from Disney, sometimes not. Even if it wasn't a particularly good film (some of the science and sociology films were real howlers if they didn't put you to sleep), I always liked it, because it meant the lights were turned off and we'd - get to watch a movie! I also liked it when the soundtrack was a little warped and it made the movie sound like it was being played underwater. I liked the Disney films, WWII films, and some of the 50s-era science films best, especially the ones about atomic energy.

    In comparison, I really didn't care much for filmstrips, with their silly little BEEP and the slide change. No action in those. Just too static.

    Anyway, I haven't seen a movie on a 16mm projector in about 25 years or so now. I miss the sound of it while the movie played, and the whole routine about setting up the screen and positioning the cart with the projector on it just right in the back of the classroom. I remember one time when I was going to be transferring to a different school the next week, and the last day of one class the teacher was showing a film, and the screen was only extended halfway to its normal position. I asked her "are we going to see a short movie?" The teacher, who was an older woman in her 70s, sighed and said, "we're gonna miss ya, Janie...."

    Anyway, when videotape invaded schools, it signaled the death knell for the 16mm projector, at least in the classroom. I doubt there's any schools that even use them anymore.

    Anyone else remember these wonderful machines fondly like I do?

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    oh, they exist still.. my schools had them in storage...

    and those slide projectors are still around.. not every school is in the age of powerpoint yet sadly...

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    I miss the Jiminy Cricket film that told us all about sex.



    Or rather, the one that told us absolutely NOTHING about sex.

    And how many of you got to be the AV helper dude and thread the film into the projector?

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    I most definitely remember them fondly. It was always a great surprise to see that there was going to be a film, even if a good many of them were pretty boring. In particular, I remember one that was shown near Columbus Day every year about the pilgrims arriving in the new world. I'm certain that I would cringe today at how the subject matter was presented but back then it was perfectly acceptable.

    One of my favorites was the Disney film on Mathematics. In fact, my father, who is in the billiards industry has told me that it provides one of the best lessons available on the game of pool. You can usually find the video in most pool table supply stores.

    I also recall fondly seeing many of the classic live-action Disney films of the day in school. Usually, towards the end of the year, we would all be herded into the library or some other gathering place and got to see things like "The Ugly Dachshund" and "Sammy the Way Out Seal." We always considered it a very special treat.

    I suspect that the demise of these films in favor of video is simply because video is much more stable and easier to set up. I recall many a teacher, frustrated to no end, as they tried to get the damn things to focus and play correctly. We never minded because while they were sweating bullets and silently cursing the machine, we got a little r & r.

    The kids today don't know what they are missing.

    (I can't believe I just said that. I feel old now.)
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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Motorboat Cruiser View Post
    I also recall fondly seeing many of the classic live-action Disney films of the day in school. Usually, towards the end of the year, we would all be herded into the library or some other gathering place and got to see things like "The Ugly Dachshund" and "Sammy the Way Out Seal." We always considered it a very special treat.
    Weren't those days great? I especially loved it when we'd get to stay in our regular clothes and watch movies on a rainy day in PE class in junior high, because the rain made the playground and field all wet and muddy and there was nothing else to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Motorboat Cruiser View Post
    I suspect that the demise of these films in favor of video is simply because video is much more stable and easier to set up. I recall many a teacher, frustrated to no end, as they tried to get the damn things to focus and play correctly. We never minded because while they were sweating bullets and silently cursing the machine, we got a little r & r.
    No question, although when VCRs were still sorta new, their operation was just as baffling to teachers. Remember those giant VCRs where you'd hit the button and it would LIFT the cassette up to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Motorboat Cruiser View Post
    The kids today don't know what they are missing.
    You got that right!

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    My Us history teacher still uses one of those. Pretty "Ghetto".

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    It was always such a HUGE treat to walk into class and see the projector It was always so exciting, regardless of how boring or bad the film was, we weren't reading or doing studying, we were watching a film!!

    Having the film projector was always a plus! Having the overhead projector, wasn't. Those always meant schoolwork

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by barfownz View Post
    My Us history teacher still uses one of those.
    Wow, really? I find that amazing. I thought for sure they'd been long abandoned by educators.

    Quote Originally Posted by barfownz View Post
    Pretty "Ghetto".
    [smilie=1,21,4] I don't know about that being "ghetto" necessarily, but it's certainly old-school!

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by localdisnyfan View Post
    I miss the Jiminy Cricket film that told us all about sex.
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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut View Post
    It was always such a HUGE treat to walk into class and see the projector It was always so exciting, regardless of how boring or bad the film was, we weren't reading or doing studying, we were watching a film!!

    Having the film projector was always a plus! Having the overhead projector, wasn't. Those always meant schoolwork
    OH YOU KNOW THAT!!!!!

    I actually found that I enjoyed learning more when the subjects were presented to me in films. I guess I have a visual mind and understand things better that way.

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    We watched these on Friday afternoons when I was in elementary school. Anyone else remember these classics?

    Donald Duck in Mathmagicland
    Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom
    The Red Balloon
    Coronet instructional films

    BTW, you can download an amazing number of these old 16MM films at archive.org. Talk about memories!

    http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...atype%3Amovies
    http://www.archive.org/details/avgeeks

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sosai X View Post
    Anyone else remember these classics?

    Donald Duck in Mathmagicland
    Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom
    The Red Balloon
    Coronet instructional films
    I don't think I've ever seen Donald in Mathmagic Land, but I've heard quite a bit about it. I remember Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom and The Red Balloon very well, though. (I think I cried when the boy's balloon was destroyed by those mean kids.) And although I don't think I recall any specific titles, I do recall the "Coronet Instructional Films" label, so I'm sure I saw at least a few of those.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sosai X View Post
    BTW, you can download an amazing number of these old 16MM films at archive.org. Talk about memories!

    http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...atype%3Amovies
    Isn't that site wonderful?

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sosai X View Post
    We watched these on Friday afternoons when I was in elementary school. Anyone else remember these classics?

    Donald Duck in Mathmagicland
    Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom
    The Red Balloon
    Coronet instructional films

    BTW, you can download an amazing number of these old 16MM films at archive.org. Talk about memories!

    http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...atype%3Amovies
    http://www.archive.org/details/avgeeks

    Don't forget "Our Friend The Atom!" Would love to get my hands on that one. BUT OMG YES!!! I loved those films!!
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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    It's not a Disney film, but how many of you saw "Hemo the Magnificent" in school? It was all about the human body, particularly the heart and circulatory system (Hemo=hemoglobin).

    I remember the little animated guys that would push on the heart to make it beat.

    Lub
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    Dub

    I got a big kick years later when a scene from it was shown in the movie Gremlins. Great stuff.

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    Re: Did you used to love watching 16mm films in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaStitch View Post
    Don't forget "Our Friend The Atom!" Would love to get my hands on that one.
    Our Friend The Atom is available on the Walt Disney Treasures: Tomorrowland 2-disc DVD. It's out of print but you should be able to find a copy on Amazon.

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