RVOD106 Summer Is an Adventure

(1957, Educational/Short, color)


Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett

What is this, bad Hemingway?

Rating: **1/2

In a Nutshell:

The idyll to end all idylls.


Speedboating is really neat. / Speedboating is filled with meat.A pair of children passes an unspeakably pleasant day with their parents, aunt and uncle at a cabin by a lake. First they drive out to the lake, passing orchards filled with fruit trees laden with all kinds of fruit ripe at once. (“What the hell time of year is this?” asks Bill.) They arrive and swim, go on a picnic, and suffer a light rain shower for the sake of enjoying the rainbow that comes after. And speaking of suffering, the middle portion consists of a lengthy speedboat ride, accompanied by an even lengthier semi-free verse poem about speedboating.


The rose-colored glasses worn by these filmmakers have tinting so heavy, they’re almost opaque. Has Rifftrax, or even Mystery Science Theater, ever done a short so saccharine? I can’t think any off the top of my head. Maybe Mr. B Natural, but even that film had a minor conflict to drive the plot.

A few favorite quotes: When the narrator shows us a new wonderful thing around every corner on the drive to the lake, Bill tries to spice it up with, “Further along there are packs of roving cannibals.” When everyone spruces up for the speedboat ride, Kevin notes, “Mother wears a light speedboating dress.” When they end the poem/ride to go on a picnic, Mike pleads, “Please tell me there’s no poem for that.” It’s cheery, it’s rosy, it’s pleasant, it’s boring, and it’s occasionally amusing with the commentary.