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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 Jr. ...
Mossby Pomegranate
Charles Hagens
Dick Hutto
Don Moody
Clyde L. Johnson
Kevin Lindsay
Janice Powell
Diane Chambers
Dave Hembree
Dan Whitehead
Lucie Hagens
Shirley Hulett ...
Blonde Pedestrian
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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Creepy beyond belief!
16 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am not exactly sure why I watched this short film, but I do recommend you see it just because it's so incredibly creepy and strange. It's currently on YouTube and it's worth wasting 15 of your life watching it.

The film is a very moralistic tale about bicycle safety that was marketed towards kids. But it's very different for several reasons. While it's cheaply made, they somehow got Edward Everett Horton to narrate the thing and, as usual, he's excellent. Also, instead of showing children, they made grotesque and creepy monkey masks and tails for them to wear. It's hellishly creepy, believe me.

As the narrator tells the story about a group of kids riding to a picnic on their bicycles, each of the monkey kids illustrate how NOT to ride your bike. Several seem about to die or be mangled but in each case they down (thankfully) show the collision. At the end, you do see one in a hospital bed...covered in bandages and casts.

I'm not going to give this one a numerical score. It's because I don't think this was intended as anything more than a film they showed kids in school to scare them into being good. Plus, the print is scratchy and ugly and not exactly fun unless you have a weird sense of humor like I do.


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