Thursday, June 9, 2011

WTF Retro Safety Video Of The Day: One Got Fat

My wife and I both distinctly remember seeing this in school. We don't remember it being so effing creepy. No wonder we're all warped.

Anybody else remember seeing this in grade school?

18 comments:

  1. I remember a lot of 60s weirdness but not this. I used to hate as a kid that we got films like "Better Sorghum Yields Through Fertilizer" being a small midwest town and thus less access to those slick, fancy cultural films being produced for kids in more metropolitan areas. Well thank heavens for that.

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  2. Oh my! No, I don't remember this at all! The announcer's voice sounds familiar, though, like I must have heard him narrate other things. I love how as each one gets "eliminated," all the rest just go on their merry way not caring one whit about their fallen friend. No one is concerned about the friends left behind them lying flattened in the road. hahaha! They just keep on pedaling to the tune of that happy-go-lucky background music on their way to the picnic. And, WOW, an awful lot of tragedies happened in that short nine blocks distance to the park!! :D

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  3. Monkeys are dumb, Daisy. To me this film played like a bad episode of The Twilight Zone, and the VO had a Burgess Meredith quality, though it was not him.

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  4. I don't remember this one -- pretty sure I would because I was TERRIFIED by "The Planet of the Apes." My parents went to see it at the drive-in and thought my brother and I were asleep in the backseat. WRONG! (They made the same mistake with "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice." Ooops.)

    You're right, Cary, it DOES feel like a Twilight Zone episode. Creepy yet oddly light-hearted.

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  5. I am pretty sure the VO is Robert Morley. He did The Dot and The Line (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSbdvzbOzY)
    among other things of the era, like a bunch of Rocky and Bullwinkle work and a number of disney cartoons.

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  6. I think a future LOTD tagline should read, "Slim knew that his big sack would be tough to handle."

    Oh, and can I just say you're basically a horrible person for introducing those effing monkey masks into my life?

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  7. Ah, that would explain it. I watched a lot of both Rocky and Bullwinkle and Disney cartoons growing up.

    With the monkey masks and tails and the way they depicted the crashes, this seemed almost cartoon-like to me. It seems like an odd way to try and get across a message that is meant to be taken seriously. It's like they couldn't decide whether to be serious, funny, or scary.

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  8. it was a scary time to be a child, what with ducking under a desk and movies about scary monkey children! Jesus, no wonder I'm so screwed up!

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  9. I used to love watching those old educational/safety films in school.

    We once had an awesome substitute in the ninth grade who showed us the "Kentucky Fried Movie" by cueing it up to the part about "Zinc-Oxide And You" and stopping the film before it became obvious* what it really was for the principal.


    *(At exactly the 41 second mark in case you weren't 100% sure.)

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  10. The narrator was Edward Everett Horton according to the opening credits. He did the Fractured Fairy Tales on Rocky & Bullwinkle. I knew the name and voice seemed familiar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAAkauRR-y4

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  11. Nothing odd about the film. Carey and thousand like him turned out perfectly norm...uh, never mind.

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  12. Woodwoman, I loved the Fractured Fairy Tale link! I used to watch those all the time.

    Anonymous, (or maybe I should say "Anonymouse?") there is no "e" in Cary. Just thought you might want to know for future reference.

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  13. Horrific on every possible level. The monkey masks, the narrator repeatedly saying "Right? Right", the cheery theme music, the unspeakable fates of the monkey cyclists...

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  14. "If it's worth riding, it's worth taking care of."

    TWSS!

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  16. And yet, no helmets on any of them!

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