magoo It was Mr. Magoo, introduced in 1949's Ragtime Bear that gave UPA (United Productions of America) its first popular success. But it would be Gerald McBoing Boing completed in 1950 and released in January 1951 that would solidify the studio's reputation.


Gerald McBoing Boing is simple but highly stylized with bold line drawings, understated motion, striking color and airy design.   It was a major departure from the classic Disney, Warner's and MGM cartoons of the day.


Gerald McBoing Boing won an Oscar and was greeted with many accolades upon its debut that resounded for several years and paved the way for other UPA endeavors.


 magoo and geraldBobe Cannon directed three follow-ups for UPA: Gerald McBoing Boing's Symphony (1953), How Now Boing Boing (1954), and Gerald McBoing Boing on the Planet Moo (1955), which was nominated for an Oscar.


Gerald would also co-star with Magoo on TV in Magoo Meets McBoing Boing (1961) and again in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962).


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GeraldGerald with his mom & dad Gerald McBoing Boing tells the story of a small boy who when he first tries to talk can only utter sound effects like 'Boing! Boing!   His parents are shocked and call in a doctor who says he has no cure for the noises.


Gerald soon goes to school but is sent home because he goes 'Cuckoo! He is rejected by the other kids because of the sounds and his parents are annoyed so runs away from home in despair.


He then comes across the head of the 'Bong! Bong! Bong! radio station who hires Gerald as his entire sound effects department.   Gerald parents are now proud of him, and he becomes rich and famous because he doesn't speak words, he goes 'Boing! Boing! instead.


Gerald Gerald McBoing Boing won the Academy Award as best animated short subject for 1950. The competition was an MGM Tom & Jerry cartoon Jerry's Cousin and another UPA entry Trouble Idemnity with Mr. Magoo. It was a major triumph for UPA—formal recognition of their groundbreaking efforts.


This film—one of the finest ever made—had an impact that was both immediate and long-lasting.


The concept came from Dr. Suess, who as Theodore Geisel, had worked with some of the UPA staff on army films during WWII. His story, and rhyming dialogue, was adapted for animation by Phil Eastman and Bill Scott.


Gerald with mom & dad Director Bobe Cannon and designer Bill Hurtz's concept was—less is more—how few lines could they use.


The action was charted, then the music written to that action before it was animated by Bill Melendez, Rudy Larriva, Pat Mathews, Willis Pyle, and Frank Smith. Next Jules Engel and Herb Klynn added the bright, flat colors in the background, broken only by the sparest of "props." Different colors were used to convey different moods throughout the film.


                                   

                                   


Gerald and Radio Actors

In Gerald McBoing Boing's Symphony Gerald is still working for the 'Bong! Bong! Bong! radio show as the sound effects department. The head of the station is in a frenzy because it is almost time for the symphony program to begin and none of the orchestra members are at the station yet. As Gerald walks past the owner he gets a brain storm, Gerald can do all the parts of the orchestra!Gerald and Doctors

Or can he?   The owner isn't sure Gerald has the strength, so he summons the doctors; Turnpike, Heartburn, Von Moose, Von Bushwacker, Crankshaft, and old Dr. Suess to check him out.   He passes the physical so Gerald goes on the air.

Gerald and Station Owner Gerald gets the symphony score and his radio script mixed and sound effects get intertwined with the musicGerald and Station Owner and the owner is so mad he tosses Gerald out. But when the telegrams come and his performance is praised by all the experts Gerald is given a raise by the station owner.

All this didn't go to Gerald's head, he didn't boast, like most, cause he doesn't speak words, he goes 'Boing! Boing! instead.


                                   

                                   






Gerald and Mooman Gerald and a couple of kids are playing at the start of Gerald McBoing! Boing! On Planet Moo. Suddenly a flying saucer appears and swoops down and the alien inside kidnaps Gerald and takes him to Planet Moo. Meanwhile, on planet Moo, the King is in conference with his cabinet. They tell the King that they are almost broke and the King tells them of his plan. The King heard through the grapevine that the earth people are loaded and that they are a fun-lovin' free-spendin' bunch who are bustin' their britches to get off the earth. He says that they are the logical ones to get some of that gravy because, Moo has the best climate, best fishin' and the prettiest girls. His plan is to kidnap an earthling and find more out about the earth.

Gerald and the King When the kidnapped Gerald arrives the King starts to ask him questions. When Gerald goes 'Boing! Boing! Boing! the King thinking it is the earth language tries to communicate by making sounds. Asked what Gerald is saying, the King says, "He don't speak English." Asked how he knows what Gerald is saying, the King replies, "Cause I'm the King!" Asked how come he's the king, he replies, "Cause I wear the King's hat, that's why!"

Gerald with the King & Murdoch The King then states they will return Gerald to the earth and invite the earthlings to come up and see them. Having no money for fuel, the King makes the supreme sacrifice, and hocks his hat. When they get to earth Gerald introduces the King and his sidekick, Murdoch, to the mayor, making sounds of course. Then the King makes sounds also, the mayor thinking it is the Moo language also starts making sounds. Everyone is going boniga! boinga! boinga! thinking they all understand each other.

Gerald, Mayor, King and Others The King and Murdoch return to Moo. To get ready for the earthlings visits to Moo, the King tells Murduch that he will set up a school to teach all the inhabitants of Moo to speak the earth planet language. "So if you listen real close on a quiet night, you can hear coming from the planet Moo, boinga! boinga! boinga! boinga! boinga! boinga!"



                                   

                                   


Gerald with Mom, Dad, & the Professor As How Now Boing Boing begins, Gerald's parents take him to the famous voice teacher, Professor Joyce, hoping he can do something for Gerald's voice. The professor feels it will be easy to teach Gerald to talk since he has taught Francis the talking mule and a dog to speak Gerald  & the Professor

The professor realizing this is a going to be tough thinks it will take private lessons. The professor has a plan, he will shock Gerald into talking. Several speech experts arrive to view the experiment, the professor puts a tack on a chair and asks Gerald to sit down, thinking the pain will force Gerald to blurt out 'Ouch! It doesn't work.

gerald The McLoy's go home, but Gerald feeling sorry for the professor gives him a call. When the professor hears Gerald on the phone he gets another idea, Gerald's larynx is upside down. The professor takes the McLoy's to the phone company where they have a contraption that translates overseas calls. The professor calls Paris, France and asks them to connect him to Gerald, who is in another room. Gerald answers the phone and goes 'Boing! Boing! Boing! The sound goes into the contraption, on the other end the professor and the McLoy's listen...then smile. The Mcloys

The McLoys then return home and are grateful for the marvels of science, mainly the phone company's unscrambling appliance. Their little boy no longer only goes 'Boing! Boing! Boing!, by saying it into the phone, it comes out as "How Now Brown Cow!"


                                   

                                   





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