Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

Gerald McBoing-Boing is the Academy Award winning UPA short, which was an adaptation by Phil Eastman and Bill Scott from a story by Dr. Seuss. Eastman and Scott were trying to break away from what they felt was a stifling view of animation, like the Studio animated releases that Walt Disney was producing at the time. So they decided with Gerald McBoing-Boing to go with a non-realistic style in their animated short.

Obviously it worked for the two and the United Productions of America (UPA) as I’ve mentioned they took home the Oscar in 1950 for Best Animated Short and in 1994 it was voted #9 of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time by members of the field of animation. In 1995, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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