One Got Fat

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One Got Fat
One Got Fat Children.jpg
The Kids
Directed by Dale Jennings
Written by Dale Jennings
Narrated by Edward Everett Horton
Cinematography Max Hutto
Production
company
Interlude Films
Release dates
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time 15 min
Country United States
Language English

One Got Fat is a 1963 bicycle safety film. It is narrated by F-Troop and Fractured Fairy Tales star Edward Everett Horton.

Plot[edit]

In the film, ten friends, who are children with monkey faces and tails, plan on going to the park for a picnic. They all ride there on their bikes, but each one meets a different fate on their way to the park as a result of their failure to follow specific bike safety rules (like not making hand signals, not reading traffic signs, not riding with traffic, riding double, or riding on the sidewalk). One by one, each of the friends makes a mistake and suffers a horrible fate. In the end, only one of the friends (who not only followed all the bike safety rules, but is also a normal human, whose face is not shown until the very end) makes it to the park and eats all the food by himself. At the start of the PSA, Slim gave the human his picnic because it was large and the human had a rear basket. Seeing this, the others persuaded him to take their food, meaning he has it at the end. Thus, as the title says, "One got fat!" Three of the Monkeys are seen in hospital beds.

Characters[edit]

The characters and how they met their demise.

  1. Rooty-Toot ("Rooty") Jasperson
    • Make Signals
    • Demise/Fate: Turned left into ongoing traffic
  2. Tinkerbell ("Tink") McDillinfiddy
    • Watch Signs
    • Demise/Fate: Forgets to watch out for a stop sign, resulting in being hit by a large truck
  3. Phillip ("Floog") Floogle
    • Keep Right
    • Demise/Fate: Rides on left side of street, while doing so a car moves out, hitting him
  4. Mossby Pomegranate
    • License/Register
    • Demise/Fate: Bike was stolen, police couldn't find it because it wasn't registered, as a result of running between one and nine blocks, his feet arches collapse
  5. Slim Jim ("Slim") Maguffny and Trigby Phipps
    • Ride Alone
    • Demise/Fate: Due to Trigby's lack of vision and difficulty in steering because of Slim blocking his head, he steers right into an open manhole covering
  6. Nelbert ("Nel") Zwieback
    • Yield
    • Demise/Fate: She begins to ride on the sidewalk without giving pedestrians the right of way, she rides right into two people carrying groceries
  7. Filbert ("Fil") Bagel
    • Tune Up
    • Demise/Fate: Because of the poor maintenance of the bike, the brakes no longer work, resulting in Filbert being run over by a steam roller
  8. Stanislaw ("Stan") Hickenbottom
    • Lights/Reflectors
    • Demise/Fate: He rides his bike into a tunnel without any way to be seen, nothing is seen of his fate only heard, it sounds like he was simply hit by a car
  9. Orville ("Orv") Slump
    • He's no monkey, so he made it to the picnic site and got fat

The actors include children of Director of Photography Max Hutto (Dick and Colleen Hutto) and Art Director Ralph Hulett (Shirley and Ralph Hulett, Jr.), along with a number of their friends from school.

Reception[edit]

After experiencing a mild revival of popularity on the Internet, the film was presented as a RiffTrax feature in April 2008, with commentary by Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy; they described the film as a concentrated dose of lab-purified nightmare fuel and said that it makes monkeys more terrifying than they already are.[1] The film was also featured on Cracked, in the "Worst Lessons PSAs Accidentally Taught Us" episode of Michael Swaim's video show Does Not Compute,[2] and again as #5 on the list the Five Most Excessively Creepy Children's Educational Videos.

The film is extensively sampled in the music videos "Everything You Do is a Balloon" by Boards of Canada, "Bloody Palms" by Phantogram, "I'm The Devil" by Clams Casino, "20 Inches of Monkey" by Lamps,[3] "Fool's Life" by Dr. Dog,[4] "St Peter" by The Black Spiders,[5] "January" by Venetian Snares, and "High on a Bicycle" by the Treasure Fleet.[6] Clips from it are also used in the music video "Oh, Me; Oh, My" by Nerf Herder.[7] The band Li'l Cap'n Travis made a video of the song "Natural Fool" that consists entirely of re-edited footage from this film. On their 2011 Green Naugahyde tour, the band Primus used clips during renditions of "Here come the Bastards".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Michael J. "One Got Fat: Rifftrax". rifftrax.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  2. ^ Swaim, Michael. "Does Not Compute: Worst Lessons PSAs Accidentally Taught Us". Cracked.com. 
  3. ^ "20 Inches of Monkey". Lamps. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Fool's Life". Dr. Dog. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  5. ^ "St Peter". The Black Spiders. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  6. ^ "High on a Bicycle". The Treasure Fleet. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Oh Me, Oh My". Nerf Herder. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 

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