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George and Rosemary is a 1987 animated short film (nine minutes) by Alison Snowden and David Fine (who would later go on to create the Academy Award-winning short Bob's Birthday). It was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

George is a retiree who lives alone with his cat. His life is about as exciting as one might imagine a retiree's life to be. George is madly in love with Rosemary, the old lady who lives across the street. He imagines all sorts of romantic adventures with her but can't work up the nerve to approach her. Finally he does—and he gets a surprise.

You can see it on the National Film Board's official Youtube channel for yourself. In fact, you can check it out right here!


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  • Behind a Stick: George hides behind a telephone pole before finally making his approach.
  • Birds of a Feather: George gets yanked into Rosemary's room and finds out she's an even bigger stalker of him than he is of her. She has a camera on a tripod pointed at his house, and pictures of him on the walls. It's the Happy Ending.
  • Name and Name: George and Rosemary
  • December–December Romance: George wears dentures. Rosemary has a head full of white hair and a bunch of grandchildren.
  • Imagine Spot: George imagines a romantic getaway with Rosemary that includes dancing and a cruise. Later, at night, he also imagines himself singing to Rosemary, George in Shakespearian clothes, and Rosemary dressed like a viking at her window before he climbs the ladder and the two in imagination kiss. The third time is when he imagines himself younger and more handsome trying to ask Rosemary out, though it ends up with her yawning and closing the door as his imaginary self kept clearing his throat and him being rejected upon noticing the door closed.
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  • Line Boil: Starts with the clotheslines in the opening title and is seen throughout, especially in the drawing of George and Mary themselves.
  • Narrator: In lieu of dialogue, a narrator to tell the story.
  • Overly-Nervous Flop Sweat: Sweat is literally flying off of George's head as he rings Rosemary's bell.
  • Serenade Your Lover: In one of George's Imagine Spots he does this, only to have Rosemary throw the window open and sing to him, then give him a ladder to climb up.
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