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Children's Film Foundation The Adventures of HAL 5

Little Gems - The Adventures of HAL 5

Who doesn't remember the Children's Film Foundation (CFF) image above. Just the sight of the fountain, the sound of the church bells and the pigeons taking flight brings back vivid memories of a flotilla of films made by the CFF from the late 1950s-1980s. Some were absolutely brilliant including, "The Battle for Billy's Pond," (soon to arrive at Little Gems), "Cup Fever," "Egghead's Robot," "Glitterball," "Hoverbug" and "Sky Pirates." Sadly the Children's Film Foundation closed in 1981 and since that time very few British films aimed at under twelves have appeared on our screens. It is hard to believe that in 1999, the so called Culture Secretary was reportedly pushing money into young children's film production. I wonder how much of that money ended up on the screen and how much ended up in the usual administration box. I for one cannot think of any real films since 1999 which have had under twelves in mind (feel free to correct me but mark, I am referring to British made and targeting under twelves only). The only player which took up the work in the early 1990s was The Children's Unit and two good films arrived in the shape of Emily's Ghost (1992) and The Gingerbread House.

The Adventures of HAL 5 concerns the story of an old 1920s Austin 7 car which, having been sold by its owner, is purchased by two children and their uncle who happens to be a Vicar. The film was made in 1957 in black and white and lasted approximately fifty seven minutes. There are many similarities here to other children's films / programs such as "The Love Bug", "Herbie Rides Again", "Herbie goes Bananas", "Herbie goes to Monte Carlo", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Brum" and all other children's programs which bring vehicles to life. This was possible the first one that had an animated face on a car with live acting (again please correct if you know otherwise)

Characters

Charles
Charles
HAL 5
HAL 5
Moira
Moira
Vicar Hayward
The Vicar
Mr. Cooper
Mr. Cooper
Ex Squadron Leader Dicey
Mr. Dicey (formerly Squadron Leader)
Ben
Ben
Charles and Moira's grannie
Grannie
The Doctor
The Doctor
Mr Goorlie
Mr. Goorlie the nasty mechanic (right)
Ralph
Ralph (nice honest mechanic)
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
Ginger
Ginger
Titch
Titch
Village Booby
Village Bobby on the beat
Village boys
Ginger, Titch and other boys
Village boys
Village boys
Village boys
Even more Village boys

Children's Film Foundation The Adventures of HAL 5
HAL 5 main page HAL 5 film guide

Credits

From the book HAL 5 and the Haywards by Henry Donald
The Players:
The Vicar William Russell
Mr. Goorlie John Glyn Jones
Ralph John Charlesworth
Dicey David Morrell
Cooper Edwin Richfield
Grannie Kathleen Williams
Charles Petyer Godsell
Moira Janina Faye
Ginger Michael Maguire
Tich Ian Higginson
Doctor Martin Boddey
Ben Bartlett Mullins
Thunderbolt Boffin
The Film Makers:
Jo Jago Took the Pictures
Eily Boland Arranged them
Anthony Hinton Managed the Business
Jim Goding Operated the Camera
Doreen Russell Designed the sets
Laurie Peake & George Adams Recorded the Sound
W.L.Trytel Wrote the Music
Don Sharp Directed the Picture and Adapted the Story
Gilbert Church Produced the Film
Bushey Film Studios Ltd. At Halliford Studios Shepperton
Copyright MCMLVII Children's Film Foundation Ltd.

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