QUESTION: Chris Columbus had a large part to play in writing both of the Gremlins movies directed by Joe Dante. Which of the following films did Columbus direct?
A) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
C) Mrs. Doubtfire
D) Young Sherlock Holmes
It has been a while since the blog has spent any time talking about Bob Omrod's Giant World of MIniatures and, frankly, we have no excuse for it. Except maybe that we became distracted with all the other cool and fascinating pieces in the collection. Anyway, we are here to rectify the problem with a call-out to two of our favorite Joe Dante comedy/horror movies, Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
Located in the dead center of the 40 Horror Films diorama Bob Omrod has displayed in the Music Room is an adorable brown and white creature named Gizmo. He is referred to as a Mogwai, and when young Billy is gifted Gizmo by his dad, who bought him in a dark shop in China Town, he is instructed to never, ever get him wet or expose him to bright light. Also, do not let him eat after midnight. Inevitably all three of these occur, and havoc ensues. Gizmo splits off into numerous ne'er-do-well Gremlins led by Stripe, who turn the town of Kingston Falls into a war zone, with Billy doing everything in his power to control the chaos. Gremlins proved to be one of the four most popular films of 1984 and inspired a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which proved not quite as popular but definitely weirder. In fact, the original film is accredited with being one of the two movies that inspired a new rating for moviegoers. Alongside Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins was considered too violent for a traditional PG rating but not quite violent enough to receive the dreaded R. So PG-13 was introduced and remains with us today.
ANSWER: C) Mrs. Doubtfire. Columbus directed two of the Harry Potter films - Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets - and wrote the screenplays for Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes, but his only directing job from the above list was Mrs. Doubtfire.