Monorails on Film and TV
by Kim Pedersen

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The Heck family and Mark VI Green

The Middle, 2014 (TV)
ABC's sitcom The Middle went on the road for their 2014 season finale, to Florida's Walt Disney World. The family has difficulties getting into the park when they learn the tickets they won are actually for Disneyland, California. Guest Services helps out and the Heck family goes on to find other ways to make their vacation miserable. No monorail rides are shown, but there are numerous shots that show the monorail. They visit both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so it's safe to assume there was some monorail riding going on!

Troubles begin at the Magic Kingdom gate.


Motorcyles do not belong on monorail track

The Lego Movie, 2014 (Movie, DVD)
The Lego Movie is a computer animated adventure comedy film that enjoyed critical and commercial success. The plot revolves around Emmet Brickowski, an ordinary Lego construction worker. He is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe. Early in the film a chase scene involves a motorcycle on the city's monorail track.

Lego city and monorail.


Gates open for arriving monorail.

Jurassic World, 2015 (Movie)
The 2015 dinosaur movie features a new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park. A genetically modified giant stealth killing monster escapes containment and wow, bet you didn't see this coming, creates havoc. The monorail looks good, but the track was probably designed by concrete suppliers, it's double-wide. OK, so maybe it's maglev monorail?

A speeding monorail passes waterfront arena.

Hitachi-inspired monorails in Sundays.

Sundays, 2015 (Short Movie)
I know what you're thinking, what we need is another gloomy vision of the future! Here's late 2015's version, a short film directed by Loic Bramoulle. The sun is giving our planet a lot of grief. At the same time, Ben is looking for Isabelle, while going through his seemingly gloomy daily routine (which includes dark, unhappy rides on the monorail, huh?). Great computer graphics work envision extensive monorail systems in this short film, and you only have to be gloomy for about 14 minutes. But wait, is there a glimmer of hope during credits?

Solar-damaged world in Sundays future.


Did I miss anything? Of course I did, and that’s where you come in. If you’d like to share a TV episode, movie or DVD that has monorail that you think we missed, send an e-mail to monorailsociety'at'gmail.com. Keep in mind that we are picky though. For instance, the elevated trains of Metropolis and tube trains of Logan’s Run are not monorails (see our “What is a Monorail?” page). However, if it really is a monorail, we’ll certainly consider adding it to the list!

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