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The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle (book cover)

"A meticulously created film that ranks among the best ever produced for children."
The Horn Book Review

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The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle (original movie poster)
The Original Movie Poster

A Pocket for Corduroy
The Remarkable Riderless Runaway
are on the same video
2 for 1
Order the
Tricycle Video
comes with
A Pocket for Corduroy
Corduroy / Tricycle
$12.95 plus S&H
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"Another winning addition to public library and school programs."


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Personal Note

I was thrilled that they used the same tricycle in the film as the book. So I usually take the tricycle with me on school visits.

Prior to my March 20, 2000 visit to Bath Elementary School in Lima, OH, the school posted on their web site a daily photo of their runaway tricycle wandering the school after hours. It said "Visit a new link each day to discover what a tricycle finds... and sees our preparations for Bruce McMillan's visit."
I was told that the kindergarten students especially checked the school site from home every evening. Finally, on the day I visited they posted a photo of their tricycle meeting mine. We ended the day's visit, as I often end my day visits, by showing the film to the entire school - a happy ending.

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Note: I have no connection with this company. It's the only place I know of where you can get the video for personal use.

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Video title: Pocket for Corduroy, A (and it has the tricycle too)
Stock Number: K7572 30 minutes $12.95
An unbeatable double feature of magical, live-action family films in this volume of the Storybook Adventures Series. When a little teddy bear is accidentally left behind in a laundromat, he sets out for an adventurous search for his owner in "A Pocket for Corduroy." Based on the book by Don Freeman. In "The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle" track a magical tricycle's merry madcap escape from the trash collector in this charming tale. Based on the book by Bruce McMillan.

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One Question Trivia Quiz

What do the movies

Swamp Thing (1982)
Spring Break (1983)
Friday the 13th
Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
and 10 (1980 - 2002)
The Remarkable Riderless Runway Tricycle (1982)
all have in common?

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Credits and Description

The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle
Produced by John Sturner and Gary Templeton
Adapted and directed by Gary Templeton
Original bluegrass musical score and flute music by Harry Manfredini
An Evergreen / Firehouse Production, 1982
Length 11:17, Colo, Grade Level K-Primary

In 1982 a live-action, nonverbal film with captivating flute and bluegrass music was made, based on the book. The same tricycle returned to star in the film. However, unlike the book, the movie takes place in a suburban town with new memorable characters and situations.

In the film a young boy leaves his tricycle to play with a kite he retrieves from a trash can. It's trash day and the tricycle is mistakenly picked up by the trash men and taken to the junkyard. Just as it is about to be crushed into scrap metal, the tricycle magically speeds away. Police chase after it. A jogger races it. A gardener sprays it with his hose. The tricycle travels past the astonished trash men, through a pizza shop and car wash, away from an ominous street sweeping machine, and finally back to where it was picked up. Reuniting with the boy once again, just like the book, it too has a happy ending.

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Trivia Answer

All twelve films were scored by composer Harry Manfredini.

Coincidentally, more than one of those movie's lead character's names are Jason. They are
The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle (1982) and the Friday the 13th series (1980-2002). But the similarity ended with their names.

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