George and Lydia Hadley live in their perfect automated house that provides everything for them. George comes in and asks where their children Wendy and Peter are. The children call on the videophone to inform their parents they'll be late for supper. Lydia worries that the nursery has changed and suggests that George have their psychiatrist, David McLean, take a look at it. She takes her husband to see the room, which contains a holographic representation of an African veldt. George is impressed at the fact they're getting their money's worth, and Lydia tells him to wait. She points out vultures in the distance, gathering around a carcass, and a scream in the distance. She wonders what the lions ate and left behind, and insists she can feel something. As George reaches out to touch one of the lions, a lioness runs toward them and Lydia hastily pulls them out and locks the door. She wonders if the lions can get out and they hear growling on the other side of the door...Read the full recap
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "The Veldt" also known as "The World the Children Made". This story was first published in The Saturday Evening Post (September 23, 1950), and was later adapted for the movie The Illustrated Man (1969).
Host: Africa, lions, and the great modern safari explorers have been part of my life, in and out of films, or circus arenas, or libraries. Here in my work room, motion picture television machines and hot African veldt lands join and come alive. What was Popular Mechanics fancy when I was nine can be built today or written out in a few hours, yo be let loose from my typewriter as a story called "The Veldt."
George Hadley: How could I have been such a damned fool?
David McLean: With so many servants, easy.