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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 »

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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Followed by How Now Boing Boing (1954) See more »

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A beautiful cartoon
4 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a witty and delightful adaptation of the Dr Seuss book, brilliantly animated by UPA's finest and thoroughly deserving of its Academy Award. Special mention should be made of the superb music score and sound effects, which are an integral element in helping to make this such a memorable and enjoyable cartoon. Later episodes in the series (of which there were four in total) were not actually based on original Dr Seuss material, although all but the last continued to use his familiar rhyming style. The three sequels were: Gerald McBoing Boing's Symphony (1953); How Now Boing Boing (1954); Gerald McBoing Boing On Planet Moo (1956) - although he also appeared in a later episode of Mr Magoo.


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