March 15th, 2012

then again maybe i won't


so there's this filmstrip that they used to make us watch in gradeschool. because we were kids and it was a kid's movie so it was supposed to make us happy. live action, color, very faded quality about it, maybe from the sixties? there's this boy and he has a pet hawk, i think. some kind of bird of prey. they have love and deep and profound friendship but the town shuns them, also some other stuff happens. the boy is eventually driven away from civilization. he decides to live in a cave. with the bird. he fixes it up real nice, that cave. you're starting to think, geez, maybe i'd kind of like to live in a cave with my forbidden lover who is a hawk. and it's good, it's really good for a while, until some rocks fall on the boy and then tar bleeds out of the walls and the bird gets confused and flies around in circles or maybe that's egyptian mythology. but the boy is definitely trapped under a rock and there is definitely tar puking out of the cave walls and something almost certainly has gone awry with the bird. and he's screaming and screaming his pathetic little boy throat raw for someone to save him. but because he's been shunned for bird love, no one can hear him. and oh, god, it is horrible. my memory is that this scene goes on for hours. it might be the bird saves him eventually or maybe he just drowns in tar and the bird is sad. i was sad. for many reasons. i despised this film. i loathed this film. i cried every time they made us watch it. there wasn't enough fucking hawaiian punch at horizon elementary to wash the filthy sensation of it away. and they always made us watch it in grade school, every year i think, because it was supposed to be a happy treat. or maybe they only made us watch it twice? it was definitely more than once, though, because i remember having to put my head down and cry when they told us we were watching it that day because oh god make it stop not again it's happening again the cave and the tar and it never ends.

so my question to you, livejournal, is: what was the name of this goddamn movie?