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Western Animation: Gerald McBoing-Boing
The best way to identify United Productions of America is to say "They're the people who made 'Gerald Mc Boing-Boing.' " And the best way to identify the quality of their product is to say that every time you see one of their animated cartoons you are likely to recapture the sensation you had when you first saw "Steamboat Willie", the early Silly Symphonies, "The Band Concert"—the feeling that something new and wonderful has happened, something almost too good to be true.
—Gilbert Seldes

Gerald McBoing-Boing was a 1950 7 minute Animated Adaptation of a Dr. Seuss Book of the same name. It was about a young boy named Gerald McCloy who only spoke in sound effects. Unlike other cartoons at the time, this used a more cartoonish, simplistic style and Limited Animation, although this was more Doing It for the Art than making a cheap cartoon. It became the first successful theatrical cartoon produced by UPA, and three more "Gerald McBoing-Boing" shorts would be produced over the years, as well as a short lived primetime animated cartoon (the first ever, too, predating The Flintstones by 3-4 years) in 1956. Aside from a few appearances in a couple of Mr. Magoo shorts, and playing the role of Tiny Tim in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, Gerald would fade to obscurity soon afterwards.

In 2005, he returned in a new series with his family, two speaking friends, Janine and Jacob, and a dog named Burp. It featured short sketches with him interacting with the world around him and his friends, sound checks (with animals and other objects switching sound effects) and fantasy tales in between featuring him, Janine, and Jacob, being told in Seussian Rhyme like the original shorts. This series is now available on Netflix.

The original shorts have examples of the following:

The 2005 animated series has examples of the following.

Gary the RatPrime Time CartoonG.I. Joe: Renegades
Porky in WackylandThe 50 Greatest CartoonsKing Size Canary
The Cat ConcertoUsefulNotes/Academy Award for Best Animated Short FilmLambert The Sheepish Lion
Mr. MagooFilms of the 1950sRooty Toot Toot
Mr. MagooThe FiftiesRooty Toot Toot
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)UsefulNotes/National Film RegistryThe Band Wagon
George of the JungleWestern AnimationGeronimo Stilton
The Barber of SevilleAnimated FilmsMr. Magoo
Sit Down, Shut UpCreator/Columbia PicturesMr. Magoo
Mr. MagooThe Golden Age of AnimationUPA
The Funky PhantomThe Dark Age of AnimationGeorge of the Jungle

alternative title(s): Gerald Mc Boing Boing
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