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Monkey Tale Short Film (Full Length) – 1952 Documentary

Monkey Tale

Short Film (Full Length) – 1952 Documentary

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In the anthropomorphic (and non-PC) tradition of the chimpanzee zoo tea party and PG tips ads comes this contribution to the genre from the National Film Unit. Here chimpanzees provide safe cycling lessons for children. Chaplin-esque scenes ensue as Charlie the Chimp disregards road-rules: "if that young monkey gets to school in one piece he'll be lucky ... he'll get killed sure as eggs". The quaint film — directed by pioneering woman filmmaker Kathleen O'Brien — is from another world to the brutality of contemporary road safety promos.

Key Cast & Crew

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Michael Forlong

Writer

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Geoffrey Scott

Writer

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Marquis the Chimpanzee

As: Charlie

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Licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution 3.0 New Zealand - CC BY 3.0 NZ

Acknowledgements

Produced by NFU for the Transport Department.