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Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

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At age two, Gerald McLoy should be at the age where he says his first words. But when the first "words" that come out of his mouth sound more like a broken spring - "boing boing" - his nervous father is worried that Gerald will never speak properly and keep on making these unusual sounds. After his father calls in medical help, Gerald continues to keep making these and other unusual sounds as the doctor doesn't know what to do. And later, when Gerald's father sends him to school hoping that being around other children speaking and having teachers who can teach him will make him speak properly, Gerald still can only make these sounds. Is there any hope for Gerald or his exasperated parents? Written by Huggo

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In 2005, this film was included in the "From the Den" collection on the "special edition" DVD of Hellboy (2004). See more »

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[the doctor tries to examine Gerald to see what's wrong with him; his boinging startles the doctor]
Doctor: [to Gerald's parents] I see...
Narrator: ...said the doctor...
Doctor: ...it's just as you said: he doesn't speak words, he goes "boing, boing, boing, boing, boing" instead. I've no cure for this. I can't handle the case.
Narrator: And he packed up his pills and walked out of the place.
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Referenced in Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

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great show of my early years
13 July 2004 | by (milwaukee) – See all my reviews

MCBOING BOING is one of the cartoons that have stuck in my head over the years and finally decided to look into it as was pleasantly surprised and was also surprised on the people involved with the production. If I remember correctly we had to watch it on a UHF station and this meant using a converter in those days UHF not part of regular TV to tune in the local station to watch the cartoon a big deal in those days which made the show even more mysterious. I remember all the sound effects that Gerald used to talk. A great memory from 50+ years ago. I'll have to see what other memories might be hiding on the web. By the way I try to do computer animation thats where the johnl3d comes into the picture


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