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Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  2 November 1950 (USA)
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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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In 2005, this film was included in the "From the Den" collection on the "special edition" DVD of Hellboy (2004). See more »

Quotes

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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Great memory show from my early childhood
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I have remembered this cartoon for over 50 years - what staying power it has! It was funny and creative; I wish my children and grandchildren could have seen it. It ranks right up there with Winky Dink - another favorite. I was pleased to find out that one of the creators later worked on Rocky and Bullwinkle. These early shows had a lot going for them that todays cartoons for kids don't have. Today's cartoons seem to push the idea that one needs something special, some magic formula or talent to be able to succeed against evil or dangerous circumstances. While the early cartoons didn't address evil very much - it WAS a much gentler and safer time - they allowed us to develop our own talents and character.


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