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August 07, 2010

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Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951).

50 Greatest Cartoons of all time #9.


This was a story that appeared on a Capitol recording of Dr. Seuss tales. The fun stuff is that I learned of Gerald earlier while watching the amazing Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. There he was a "normal talking" boy but at the end he uses this sound effects as his language. He was like Cadet George Martin (Michael Winslow, "Man of 10.000 Sound Effects") in Police Academy


This UPA cartoon that won the Oscar in 1950 (before his theatrical release) tells the story of a boy that never uttered a word. Instead he produces the most amazing sound effects one could have heard. He turns form a misfit, non accepted by the children at school, to a very successful performer that lives in richness because of his rare abilities.

In my opinion, it is the same story of Dumbo, being that the story of the Elephant Man the man that surpasses his phisical problems and is accepted because of them. Not a surprise it appeared in Hellboy, another misunderstood and unaccepted character, that spends his spare time watching Gerald McBoing-Boing cartoons.


This story spawned two more animated short cartoons and then a TV Series, very early in the sixties. It survived in popularity and now you can find some Video-games and a new TV Series.


More about Gerald McBoing-Boing:
Images taken from Judibird flcker (poster) and  Cartoon Clásico (frame)

OFF TOPIC:
Well, I talked about Michael Winslow. Do you want more? Listen to him in this Jimi Hendrix impersonation, this Led Zeppelin version and this Beat box. AMAZING.

2 comments:

David said...

Cuando leí la historia acerca de este corto de animación, ya me pareció imaginativo, curioso, ingenioso y supe que me iba a gustar cuando lo viera. Durante años sólo conocía imágenes sueltas del corto hasta que gracias a internet pude verlo (este y muchos otros). Es una fantástica historia del Dr.Seuss. Genial en todos sus aspectos, incluido ese homenaje que hacían a la peli "El ídolo caído" de Carol Reed... un corto con un tema y contenido más adulto que los que trataban las demás productoras (Disney, Warner, MGM).
Un saludo.

Valentín VN said...

Muy cierto, David. Es un corto que pretendía buscar una nueva salida a las producciones de animación tras el éxito de Disney y la Warner.

Estoy completamente de acuerdo con que gracias a Internet uno puede llegar a ver lo que antes sólo podía ver si se comercializaba en VHS o Beta o se emitía en la televisión. Yo estoy maravillado con la cantidad de cortos de esta lista de los cincuenta mejores cortos de animación que ni conocía o si los había visto, no sabía nada de su historia y su producción.

Dr. Seuss es un auténtico filón. Aún hay muchas historias suyas que pueden adaptarse a la televisión o al cine. Ya las veremos.

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