Gremlins

QUESTION:  Who voiced the character of Gizmo in both Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch?
A)  Meryl Streep
B)  George Clooney
C)  Jim Carrey
D)  Howie Mandel
ANSWER BELOW

1984 was a very big year for American movies.  To name just a few of the films released that year: Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Academy Award winner for Best Picture Amadeus, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and, of course, Gremlins.  These last two films changed the MPAA rating system for film.  They targeted a younger audience (meaning they advertised and marketed themselves to kids), but had more violence in them than many parents felt warranted a PG rating.  Rather than give them both an R, the rating PG-13 was created because of them.  That's how Hollywood works and, of course, the PG-13 is still out there.

Gremlins is a horror-comedy directed by Joe Dante that tells the story of a man who buys his son a strange pet gremlin named Gizmo for Christmas.  He is told he must follow three rules: 1) don't get Gizmo wet, 2) don't feed him after midnight, and 3) do not expose him to bright light.  Sounds easy, right?  Of course things go wrong, and before it could be stopped, evil gremlins take over the town.  Bam!  The movie is a lot of fun, and it did extremely well.  With a $11 million dollar budget, the movie brought in over $153 million and inspired the sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch a full six years later.  Dante directed this as well, only on condition that he receive full creative control.  He definitely used that license to his advantage and made a more fun, sillier and less orthodox film than the original that challenged conventional attitudes about sequels in general.  Some critics prefer the sequel over the original; however, that was not the general consensus.  The film cost $50 million to produce, and only brought in $41.5 million.  Here at the American Treasure Tour, Gizmo makes an appearance in the passenger seat of our 1910 International Harvester Company Touring Sedan.  Please do not pour any water on him.

ANSWER:  D)  Howie Mandel