Gerald McGoing Boing: Volume 1 – Adventures
+ Volume 2 – Fairytales
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D/C (with book) Episodes: B-
before Mr. Magoo became a pop culture icon, the groundbreaking U.P.A. animation
studios (United Productions Of American) has their first hit in the early 1950s
with Gerald McGoing Boing, the young
man for whom only sound effects come out of his mouth. For years, he was a fan favorite and over a
half-century later, he has been successfully revived for TV and some of those
shows are now on DVD for the first time.
featuring six episodes, Adventures
takes him to realistic far-off places, most notable outer space, as featured on
the cover and still in the 1950s style. Fairytales is obviously more fantasy
oriented, but has the kind of twist only Gerald’s talents could bring to
them. The show is listed as safe for
ages 2 and up, something that is about accurate. The new show does not sell out the spirit of
the original show, so there may be more than young fans for these discs. They are not overdone; they do not hit the
audience over the head and have humor that is truly funny. A legend has returned.
X 1 image is pretty good for a new series, but still has some slight softness
despite the simplicity of the animation.
Color is a plus and playback is fine otherwise from clean copies. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is good too, but
there are no real surrounds here. There
are only a slight extra on each disc where you click onto one of several icons
and hear the noise they make subbed “Soundcheck Game” that is not a game, but
considering that there are only 70 minutes on each disc, too bad some of the
classic shorts were not featured.
However, our copies came with miniature reproductions of a Little Golden
Book with Gerald that is a nice bonus, though the same book comes with each
- Nicholas Sheffo