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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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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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Release Date:

2 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Narrator: [from letter] From Public School 7 to Mrs. McCloy: Your little son Gerald's a most helpless boy. We cannot accept him, for we have a rule that pupils must not go...
Narrator: ... in our school. Your boy will go...
Narrator: ... his whole life, I'm afraid. Sincerly yours, Penny Schultz, teacher, first grade.
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Followed by How Now Boing Boing (1954) See more »

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Another Victory for Dr. Seuss and Some Amazing Animators
26 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've begun watching some of the marvelous animation that I remember from my youth. This one made me so sad. Gerald had both a curse and a gift. He could not speak but rather made amazing sound effects. He was an outcast. Even his parents turned on him. This is an early work by Dr. Seuss and one is made aware of that in the interesting rhyme schemes of the narration. Gerald is sent to a doctor, to first grade, to play with friends, but is rejected summarily at every turn. There is a place for us all. That sad thing is that there is an element of injustice in this story. Gerald, in modern times, may be seen as the product of abuse, as he runs away, hopeless and betrayed. This is so clever and groundbreaking. See it if you never have.

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