One Got Fat: 1962 bike safety film uses macabre monkey masks


Roger says: "Here's a review of an extremely weird vintage bicycle safety film from 1962 in which a group of kids show us the dangers of disobeying bicycle safety rules - all while wearing some of the creepiest monkey masks you'll ever see."

The typeface used in the title is excellent.

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  1. Oh, how I loooove this video. It’s been ages since I’ve seen it. The archives are such a treasure trove of awesomeness, which is where I originally saw this one (in the heady days before the youtube)!

    Thanks for posting it!


  2. So much to say…

    – Furry enabler! ;)

    – “Slim” looks like the average kid today, sigh.

    – So…much…death…

    – Neat that the narrator is the same guy from Fractured Fairy Tales!

  3. A group called Goddamn Electric Bill uses this footage for a video to their song Lost in the Zoo. It goes pretty well together.

  4. Yes, that’s Edward Everett Horton narrating.

    He was at his best in “Top Hat” with Fred Astaire, or perhaps you think he’s better as the narrator of the “Fractured Fairy Tales” segment of “The Bullwinkle Show.”

  5. Footage also appears in unofficial Black Francis “Bluefinger” video for “Tight Black Rubber (Ain’t No Chippia, Man).”

    All this plus the videos list in comments above. Nice “discovery.”

  6. I first saw this on

    Liked it so much, I used it in a video for Guster’s Satellite:

  7. My 6th grade teacher showed us this way back in the 70s. It totally creeped me out, particularly when the camera keeps cutting back to the lunch bags in the basket with the (now-dead) kid’s name written on them.

  8. Rats! I watched the whole thing thinking it was Burgess Meredith narrating. Of course the previous posters are right, it was Edward Everett Horton. But now I’ll have to go and do a whole big search to see if their voices are that similar, or if I’m just loopy. Entertaining video nevertheless, I wish I had seen it in 3rd grade.

  9. Mark, Mark, Mark…how could you fail to highlight the gratuitous double-entendre dialogue in that clip?

    “Slim knew that his big sack would be hard to handle.”

  10. OMG for YEARS I’ve been trying to find this video. They showed it once in Elementary school and freaked me right the hell out. Since then, I’ve told people about and no one knew what I was talking about. I started to think that I made it up in a dream or something.

  11. The evolutionary biology message of the film is clear: in the struggle for food, your strategy should be to wait patiently as your rivals kill themselves.

  12. That was….odd.

    The narrator was so smug each time one got killed.

    The creepiest thing was how they all kept going after each death, like some sort of Twilight Zone episode or something. And they didn’t play. Kids play.

    But I gotta wonder why the human child was hanging out with a bunch of mutants. Mutants with rather slow reaction times.

    Disturbing, on so many levels….

  13. Myself and my band did a alternative soundtrack for this late last year for a performance organised by an art collective in London (we did it down at Shunt Vaults, if you know it.) It was so dark, sinister and downright creepy with the jolly jolly orchestra removed. Watch it with the sound down.

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