The Electric Grandmother is a television movie that originally aired January 17, 1982 on NBC as a 60-minute "Peacock Project" special, based on the science fiction short story "I Sing the Body Electric" by Ray Bradbury. It stars Maureen Stapleton and Edward Herrmann and was directed by Noel Black. Bradbury's story was previously adapted for television in 1962 as "I Sing the Body Electric", an episode of The Twilight Zone. The film was distributed on VHS by Coronet Video, but the video tape has now become hard to obtain, though the video is currently on YouTube.
The Electric Grandmother received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Children's Program, and won a Peabody Award. It has been recognized by Chicago International Children's Film Festival, International Film Festival for Children and Youth, American Film Festival and the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Additionally, 10-year-old actress Tara Kennedy was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television.
"Devotees of science fiction in school classes or public library programs will find this a fascinating interpretation of Ray Bradbury's fiction." — School Library Journal
References in Pop Culture
Noted electro-pop/comedy musical duo The Electric Grandmother took their name from the film.