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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.

Director:

Robert Cannon

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (story), Bill Scott (story adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Marvin Miller ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In a 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors (conducted by the animation historian Jerry Beck), this film was rated the ninth greatest cartoon short of all time. See more »

Quotes

[the doctor tries to examine Gerald to see what's wrong with him; his boinging startles the doctor]
Doctor: [to Gerald's parents] I see...
Narrator: ...said the doctor...
Doctor: ...it's just as you said: he doesn't speak words, he goes "boing, boing, boing, boing, boing" instead. I've no cure for this. I can't handle the case.
Narrator: And he packed up his pills and walked out of the place.
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References The Fallen Idol (1948) See more »

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Minimal animation, even for UPA, but delightful characters and script
23 May 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This short, which won an Oscar, spawned two sequels and a TV cartoon show, has minimal animation but adelightful script (by Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss) and aneven more memorable and enchanting main character. UPA pioneered a style of animation that even influenced Disney during the mid-1950s and produced some of the best animated shorts done in the late 1940s and the 1950s. This is on of their finest. God to have it in print. Highly recommended.


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