The animated short Coin Operated spans 70 years in a man’s life in which he never gives up his dream to fly to the moon.
Coin Operated Story
A young boy wearing an astronaut’s helmet and jet pack on his back plays with his toy rocket ship as he and his mother walk down the street. The boy spots a coin operated rocket ship ride in front of the grocery store. The boy’s eyes widen with anticipation. His mother tries to pull him away, but the boy pulls out his own nickel, and his mom relents.
The boy imagines a ride to the moon. Instead he is rocked back and forth. The boy figures he didn’t put enough money in the machine. The boy sees an ad for lemons and gets an idea. He builds a lemonade stand. The film shows 70 years going by as the boy becomes a man and continues to run the successful lemonade stand.
One day the old man looks over at his bag of nickels that is as tall as he is and decides he has enough for the trip. The man closes the lemonade stand and hauls the bag of coins on his wagon to the coin operated rocket ride. He pours the coins into the money slot, puts on his helmet, and pushes the ignition button. At first the rocket doesn’t work. Finally two more coins fall into the slot, and the rocket takes off into space. The film ends with a close-up of the old man looking as he did as a young boy. After the credits, the coin operated rocket ride stand is shown without the rocket.
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