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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
Himself - Narrator (voice)


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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Ill fated monkeys encounter the consequences for unsafe bicycle riding
19 January 2013 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Absolutely hilarious.

This is one of those educational films they used to show elementary and junior high aged kids in class; this one deals with encouraging kids to follow rules of safety, proper use, and care of the bicycle. It makes its point of the seriousness of safety, by indulging in humorously bizarre images and exaggeration.

Enter our heroes: a bunch of monkeys bicycling together; who each in turn dramatically suffers ill consequences for a variety of foolish "what-not-to-do" blunders. These range from violating several traffic safety rules to failing to keep proper maintenance of the bike. The "collision" sequences use cartoonish sound effects and animation. I love the bulging eyes surprised looks on the monkey masks as they make their respective exits. Except for Edward Everett Horton's brightly comical narration, nobody speaks (I guess monkeys don't talk), but the body- language expressions of the hapless bike riders says it all anyway. Oddly enough, the remaining monkeys never seem to notice the disappearances, or the their own steadily declining numbers.

Find it, and run it with some friends. Not to be missed.

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