260. Gerald McBoing-Boing – Robert Cannon

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SUMMARY: Gerald McBoing-Boing is a little boy who cannot speak in words but instead communicates through sound effects.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Gerald McBoing-Boing’ is a classic cartoon based on a Dr. Seuss story and told in verse. The title character is a little boy who speaks in noises instead of words. With its blank beige backdrops and storybook-style character designs, ‘Gerald McBoing-Boing’ saw UPA proudly flaunting their purposefully reductive approach and it proves that, far from diminishing effect, the UPA house style can work wonders. Just watch the atmospheric scene where Gerald tries to board a train. A well deserved winner of the Best Animated Short Oscar, ‘Gerald McBoing-Boing’ remains not only the best-loved of all UPA shorts but also one of the best-loved and most critically acclaimed short animations of all time.

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