Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) – Jolly Frolics Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) - Jolly Frolics

Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) - Jolly Frolics

CotD: The short that kicked off UPA’s first series, “Gerald McBoing Boing” was based on a story by children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) – Jolly Frolics Theatrical Cartoon Series

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.

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