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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 a 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors (conducted by the animation historian Jerry Beck), this film was rated the ninth greatest cartoon short of all time. See more »

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Gerald's Father: [about Gerald going "boing"] What's that?
Narrator: ...cried his father, his face turning gray.
Gerald's Father: That's a very odd thing for a young boy to say!
Narrator: And poor Gerald's father rushed to the phone, and quick-dialed the number of Dr. Malone.
Gerald's Father: [on the phone] Come over fast!
Narrator: ...the poor father plead.
Gerald's Father: Our boy can't speak words! He goes boing-boing instead!
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sound of speech
29 January 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This Oscar-winning adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book focuses on a boy whose speech consists entirely of sound effects. It initially looks as if the tyke is going to spend his whole life as an outcast, but there's something else in store. "Gerald McBoing-Boing" hilariously reminds us that we don't all have to be the same; even a person who "talks funny" still has value as an individual. I will say that the UPA cartoons (known for limited animation) aren't as impressive as, say, the Bugs Bunny cartoons, but on its own, this one is a fine piece of art. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Dr. Seuss book. I just hope that they don't try to butcher it with a feature adaptation like they did with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat".


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