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One Got Fat (1963)

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This bicycle-safety film shows children what can happen when bicycles are driven carelessly and recklessly.

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Ralph Hulett
Charles Hagens
Dick Hutto
Don Moody
Clyde L. Johnson
Kevin Lindsay
Janice Powell
Diane Chambers
Dave Hembree
Dan Whitehead
Lucie Hagens
Shirley Hulett
Colleen Hutto
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Ten youth, all close friends, decide to cycle to a park nine blocks away to have a picnic lunch. As they proceed on their journey, they have to remember and pay attention to the many aspects of being a responsible cyclist and bicycle owner. These aspects include using correct hand signals to signify cycling intention, obeying traffic signs and signals, keeping to the correct side of the street, registering one's bicycle by licensing it, riding one person to a bicycle, not riding on sidewalks where prohibited and yielding to pedestrians wherever riding on sidewalks is allowed, keeping one's bicycle in good working order by having it tuned whenever required, and having lights and/or reflectors for dark situations which includes riding through unlit tunnels during the day. Acting the responsible human or the irresponsible "monkey" will affect who of the ten will arrive safely if at all to the park for the picnic. Written by Huggo

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The opening car crash sound effects from Signal 30 (1959) are copied for when the last monkey is hit by a car in the dark. See more »

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This One Went Badly Off the Rails...
29 April 2010 | by (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) – See all my reviews

...and we're the luckier for it.

First of all, though, I can't help wondering how the state of Georgia could have thought this was a good idea (a Department of Education logo is proudly displayed at the beginning).

"One Got Fat" is definitely not for everybody. The short can be viewed on so many different levels, ranging from absurdist to alarmist (and all points in between). This thing is a bipolar surrealist's fantasy/dream/nightmare. The monkey face-masks alone, capable of expressing everything from laughter to stark, naked horror are about as cool as anything I've seen in a very long time. The "wipe-outs" are all horrifically comical.

That said, I can't help feeling that some well-intentioned people somehow detoured down a very dark, twisted ill-advised road. The happy-happy music, alongside Edward Everett Horton's always charming delivery, is in stark contrast to the harshest of realities.

Or something like that.


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