I saw it in the late 80's or early 90's; I'm pretty sure it was a miniseries. There was some company or governmental organization behind the manufacture of this kid, probably many such kids (I don't recall), and the child was being transported in a drum much like one of these:

Image of oil drums

I feel like the main child somehow erroneously wound up with a family and the company wanted him back.

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    I remember a kid's book in the early 80s with that premise; a woman liked ordering random things from catalogues and accidentally ordered a child in a can. Aug 18, 2016 at 7:28
  • @DanielRoseman - that sounds close enough, based on my scant memory, that perhaps the movie/miniseries was based on that book. I seem to remember that they were surprised to see the child wind up on their doorstep.
    – Jason
    Aug 18, 2016 at 13:34
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    Wait, are you saying that that ISN'T where babies come from?
    – Broklynite
    Aug 19, 2016 at 9:14

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You may be thinking of the TV movie named Konrad released by Wonderworks in 1985.

Konrad is a perfect instant child "born" in a factory at age 8. Due to a mistake in the factory's computer, Konrad is delivered to Bertie Bartolotti, a woman whose life and appearance are in a constant state of disarray. Konrad arrives looking like a gremlin, but when Bertie pours a nutrient solution over his head he changes into a fully-developed, perfect 8-year-old child. The factory realizes a mistake was made, and recalls Konrad, but he does not want to leave his new family and friends.

IMDb, Konrad

Konrad cover

Konrad back

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    Which is a remake of the German film Conrad, the Factory-Made Boy, which is based on the book by the same name by Christine Nostlinger, which is the one I was remembering :) Aug 18, 2016 at 15:24
  • Watched the first 5 minutes on YouTube - that's the one, thanks, you're awesome!
    – Jason
    Aug 18, 2016 at 17:14
  • For some reason I'd assumed you meant D.A.R.Y.L.. How many movies fit this description?
    – Eric
    Sep 6, 2016 at 2:09

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