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Name That Trauma:: Bill S. on an Animated Nuclear Terrorist

March 26th, 2016 by unkle lancifer · 7 Comments

Okay, I’ve got a hell of a poser for you: way way back in ’74 or ’75, there was an animated TV movie that seemed to center around nuclear terrorism; specifically a group of terrorists using a computer (named – I swear I didn’t imagine this – “Tarzan”), and threatening to detonate a nuclear weapon. I remember being right freaked out by the leader of the group as he sat in their bunker, reading a list of demands, his face – heck, his whole self – covered in what I now know was a nuclear/biological/chemical warfare suit (you know, full face gas mask, hood, gloves etc.) The group and their aims were unclear to my 5-year-old self, but it seemed less political and more cult-like. The culmination was that the bomb did go off, and one of the bad guys (possibly the leader) was thrown or fell out of a helicopter as it flew over the ruined city. I’ve tracked down every weird sci-fi or horror movie I was exposed to back when I was a tyke except for three, and this is one of ’em. The others are a beautiful, almost sketch-art like cartoon about fairies, the other about two kids who travel time after drinking from a fountain in the courtyard of an old mansion.

Anyway, thanks for listening, I hope maybe someone there can be of help.

-Bill S.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 chainmanNo Gravatar // Mar 26, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    A shot in the dark about the time traveling kids.
    Maybe a very rare tv series?
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073996/combined
    “The Georgian House” (1976)
    TV series 1976
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InNkwxLSD3Y
    The Georgian House E4

  • 2 Bill S-70No Gravatar // Mar 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    You know what? The Georgian House was *close* but not exactly it – you know how IMDB will do “recommended” videos? I went there and saw one called The Amazing Mr. Blunden – THAT IS THE ONE! So you led me to the x-marks-the-spot, I just had to dig a little! Thanks!

    Now if I could figure out the one about the nuclear bomb…

  • 3 BuddoNo Gravatar // Apr 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    When the Wind Blows was a 1986 animated feature about nuclear war, but that’s too recent…I can’t think of any others except Grave of the Fireflies…and that’s too recent as well…

  • 4 chainmanNo Gravatar // Apr 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Glad that you dug a little deeper and find your film. I guess I get partial credit. lol I noticed there are some clips of the film on Youtube. It seems the garden has an anatomically correct statue.
    Lynne Frederick in The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972) Clip 3
    [Two kids, two ghosts, one garden statue.]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QZ-WgIlPps&feature=youtu.be&t=60

    You might want to post some of your other questions on IMDB I Need to Know message board.
    http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000001/threads/

  • 5 zombijoeNo Gravatar // Apr 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    It’s not Ralph Bakshi’s “Wizards” from ’77 is it? I seem to remember it had a post-apocalyptic Faerie vibe to it. There was some weird imagery in it that might have your terrorist. I really haven’t seen it in a while so I might be off.

  • 6 Bill S-70No Gravatar // Apr 5, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Nah, it was definitely from far earlier, and it was much more creepy and brooding. I mean, hey, it was like 42 years ago (!!!) so details are a tad sketchy, so maybe it wasn’t animated? But I could swear it was, especially the scenes where they were communicating with the computer.

  • 7 ChiefferSutherbongNo Gravatar // Apr 9, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Bill S-70, could it be Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)?

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