Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

Gerald McBoing-BoingGerald McBoing-Boing Review

Gerald McBoing-Boing is a 1950 animated short that is adapted from a Dr. Seuss story and received an Oscar. It is a very charming flick.

It is about a boy who instead of speaking real words, speaks only through sound effects. It is an authentic and very odd story, but the one with a great message at the end. The ending is very convenient and a great conclusion for this story. It is also emotional at times and very well crafted with never a dull or rushed moment.

The characters are good. The title character is solid, but I wish they made him more sympathetic. The parents are also well realized and the voice acting is quite good.

The major problem I have with it is definitely its score and sound effects. I get that they had to make them more loud as it is fitting for this kind of story, but it was still overly emphasized and just made the dialogue harder to hear. But the animation on the other hand is very pleasing. I found its style really charming. Some may find it cheap, but it was done on purpose and it really creates this great atmosphere and feel of a comic-strip. The colors and everything about it is so pleasing to the eye and I liked it a lot. And it deserved its Oscar in my opinion as it is a really good film.

Gerald McBoing-Boing may have a weird score, but it has such a charming animation with great style, likable characters and very weird, but authentic and well crafted story with a satisfying conclusion.

My Rating – 4.3

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