RVOD124 Library World

(1970s-ish, Educational/Short, color)


Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy

I made this waterfall with a garden hose and some ham.

Rating: **1/2

In a Nutshell:

The library is the hippest place in town.


Thankfully not starring Gabriel Byrne.A boy invites a tiny androgynous child to go play baseball with him in the park. It (he? she?) agrees, but first It has to return a book to the library. Boy doesn’t think libraries are cool enough to enter, so he waits for his hirsute, genderless friend outside. That is, until the Coolest Car in the World drives up to disgorge the Coolest Teenaged Library Volunteer in Recorded History.

Boy follows Coolest into the library and watches him load a display case with Civil War artifacts. Coolest notices his audience and snares Boy with his amazing ability to make dry reference books come to life in a barrage of boring stock footage. Soon It has joined them, and the threesome loudly tours the card catalog, the media collections, the librarian’s desk, etc. Boy comes away with a newfound appreciation for knowledge, and vows to visit again soon.


The most amazing thing about It is that mane of thick black hair surrounding her/his head in a perfect thirty-inch sphere. At least half that kid’s body weight has got to reside above the neck. Must make for a weird center of gravity. Also, it’s worth noting that The Coolest Teenaged Library Volunteer in Recorded History is a skinny, squeaky-voiced Civil War reenacter in a funny hat and a butterfly collar.

A few favorite comments: When Boy refuses to enter at first, Mike notes he “hasn’t been in a library since a card file attacked and killed his parents.” As footage of everyday activities increases the library’s allure, Bill asks, “Why skateboard when you can read about skateboarding?” When Coolest tells It and Boy to “keep the noise down” in the same piercing tone he’s employed the whole film, Kevin asks, “KEEP THE WHAT DOWN?” It’s funny enough, especially during the occasional lapses into stock footage, but mostly the short’s about knowledge and the acquisition of same. These are deep and fascinating pastimes, they’re not especially interesting as visual subjects, and all the snide comments and seaweed footage in Christendom are not enough to change that.