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Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

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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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2 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Gerald McBoing Boing  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Radio Station Owner: Stop! Aren't you Gerald McBoing-Boing, the lad who makes squeaks? Why, boy, I've searched for you many long weeks. I can make you the most famous lad in the nation, for I own the...
[plays "dong, ding, dong" on bells]
Radio Station Owner: ... radio station. I need a smart fellow to make all the sounds, to bark like a dog...
[Gerald barks]
Radio Station Owner: ... and bay like the hound.
[Gerald howls]
Radio Station Owner: Your 'dong' is terrific, your 'toot' is inspired.
[Gerald makes bell sounds]
Radio Station Owner: Quick, come to...
[dong, ding, dong]
[...]
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Remade as Gerald McBoing Boing (2005) See more »

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The beginnings of a very bad trend in animation--and it was rewarded for this?!
2 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a film that really makes me cringe. In 1951, MGM and Looney Toons were making some of their very best cartoons--with amazing animation, exceptional backgrounds and great stories. Then, in the late 40s, a new style of animation began to appear (such as the "Crusader Rabbit" series on TV)--animation with extremely simplistic artwork in order to save money. Unfortunately, Columbia Picture's cynical ploy worked!! Instead of the public hating the toons (as they should have), many accepted them and the Oscar people (AMPAS) actually gave this film the award for Best Animated Short--giving legitimacy for an inferior product. Unfortunately, in the dollars and sense world of Hollywood, this soon began to creep into the products of legitimate studios--resulting in rather crappy cartoons. Later, it got even worse as in addition to lousy animation and backgrounds, the stories themselves became almost unbearable for adults to watch. The cleverness and style of the classic cartoons were gone. And for this tragedy, I blame, in part, GERALD MCBOING-BOING--one of the granddaddies of cheap cartoons. The story isn't that bad but the animation is a horror and listening to the kid saying "boing-boing" incessantly is a pain.


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