Archive for January 25th, 2009

Keepin’ McBoing-Boing alive

January 25, 2009

Recently, I found out that the animators at Cartoon Network had decided that it was a good idea to redo the cartoon Gerald McBoing-Boing.


Sorry. Wrong again, ‘creative’ minds of this ridiculous millennium.

It’s not that the new version is horrible, but it was ART. Not just another  thing to feed to people with no imagination and attention span. 

Gerald McBoingBoing was a cartoon adapted from a Seuss story, and turned into a cartoon by Phil Eastman and Bill Scott, at UPA Studios. 

The cartoon was made after a major price cutting in animation. The animators involved, considered Gerald McBoing-Boing an artistic exercise and not just a way to produce cheap cartoons.

The character and adaptation was dubbed with the popular voice of ‘yesteryear’ Harold Peary 

because no character in the cartoon was meant to talk. No talking friends. No talking dog.

Just Peary and a score by composer Gail Kubik.


Dr. Seuss has already had Universal Studios and Mike Meyers give him a had for his already turned body, from his grave, so I’m sure that man is probably thinking “of course you would rape my work. whatever. at least my family is filthy rich”

But if I were part of the animation team that created McBoing-Boing, I think i would be ticked.

People create these shows, just shitting on the studios that put them into motion. 

United Productions of America (UPA):

The studio primed between the 40’s and the 60’s. It was founded after the 1941 Disney strike, by some bright folks who decided that making animation into some form of realisim as aposed to a creative entity on its own, was bullshit.

The UPA has an easily identifiable style, to this day, from always experimanting with character design and perspective. 

John Hubley lead the team of animation into becoming what it was, and shortly after he was fired, UPA studios kind of went to shit. 

(A 1952 piece from John Hubley from UPA’s Rooty Toot)

The main realization of what i appreciate about animation, hit me today. 

If at any given moment, you should be able to pause a well made cartoon, and be able to imagine that illustration as a print.