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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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Complete credited cast:
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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The eyes have it.
16 January 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This short film was narrated by the same guy that did "Fractured Fairy Tales" on Rocky and Bullwinkle. That's about as far as the whole "kids' short" thing goes.

I saw this film a couple of times as a primary school student in Cortland, NY, around 1975-1978, and here it is now (2006) and it still gives me the creeps. If its goal was to teach bike safety, all it really succeeded in doing was to scare the bloody heck out of me and make me never want to go near a bicycle (or any lower primates) ever again. The blithe, almost gleeful, manner in which these lawbreaking bike-riders meet their bloody fates is slightly beyond macabre and and just short of satanic. For two of the ill-fated ape-boys, just before they are bumped off, they are shown with a look of horror on their faces with their eyes bulging out in panic -- not unlike you might see in a Ren and Stimpy cartoon -- except that here it is unexpected because of the low production values (special effects? in a 1963 bike safety flick?) and because it is unexpected and not for comic effect, and it is just a few frames - the image is almost subliminal. Very haunting. The end result, if you're a single-digit age viewer of a bygone era (pre Grand-Theft-Auto, etc...) such a thing might just scare the bejeezus out of you.

In historical retrospect, it joins such classics as the 60s and 70s anti-drug scare films common to grade school health classes, and such foot-tapping Drivers Ed classics like Crimson Asphalt.


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