Cartoon of the Day: Gerald McBoing Boing

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Gerald McBoing Boing

Ger­ald McBo­ing Boing

From Colum­bia and UPA films, Ger­ald McBo­ing Boing was an Acad­emy Award Win­ner in 1951. For such a highly regarded short, it is not rated high at BCDB. What do you think, is this wor­thy of an Oscar, or is the BCDB rat­ing justified?

Ger­ald, who doesn’t speak words but goes “boing boing” instead, finds his tal­ents unap­pre­ci­ated by fam­ily and friends, and so he runs away from home. How­ever, a kindly radio sta­tion boss is quick to spot his potential…

At age 2, the lit­tle boy, instead of start­ing to talk, pro­duces sound effects. The des­per­ate father calls on Dr. Mal­one, who, after exam­in­ing Ger­ald, declares that there’s noth­ing he can do. The par­ents are con­stantly being scared by Ger­ald, so they send him to school, hop­ing that he’ll learn words, but he’s sent home. When he tries to play with boys and girls, he’s rejected.

Depressed, Ger­ald runs away from home, but he’s found by a radio pro­gram pro­ducer, who hires him to do sound effects for his pro­grams. As the announcer describes the action, Ger­ald pro­duces the appro­pri­ate sound effects, using a script. He becomes a big hit, sign­ing auto­graphs for his fans, and his now-proud par­ents accom­pany him in a gigan­tic new car.

In 1995, Ger­ald McBo­ing Boing was one of 25 films added by the Library of Con­gress’ National Film Preser­va­tion Board to the National Film Registry.

Euro­pean title: “The Boing-Boing Boy in Planet Moo.”

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