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George and Rosemary (1987)

An old shy man works up the gumption to meet a woman whom he has a crush on.


Alison Snowden (story), David Fine (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Cec Linder ... Narrator (voice)
Doris Malcolm Doris Malcolm ... (voice)
Marty Myers Marty Myers ... (voice)
Alexander Weldon Alexander Weldon ... (voice)


George, an old dreamer, has a secret love for the woman directly next door to him. However, while he can sweep her off her feet in his imagination; actually doing it is a different matter. So he stays at his home as he works to build up the gumption to see her. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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30 April 2004 (Norway) See more »

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Written by Luboff, Keith and Bergman
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Springlike, Charming, Passionate, Well-Deserved Genie Winner and Oscar Nominee for Best Animation
20 April 2018 | by EilisNiGhliasainSee all my reviews

This visual of "George and Rosemary" is not the real "George and Rosemary." This couple is from "The Danish Poet," - in another century - and another National Film Board of Canada animation made around the same time as "George and Rosemary." It's comical to compare the images!

"George and Rosemary" probably live in downtown Toronto in the - oh say, 1960's? And they are physically - and likely emotionally - different than the Danish poet and his girlfriend pictured here.

Returning to the review, "George and Rosemary" is a 1987 NFB "romantic comedy" from Alison Snowden and David Fine opens with yellow songbirds chirping on a clothesline and never fails to delight from the onset.

Narrator and Polish Canadian actor with a distinctive baritone voice Cecil Linder tells the tale of:

"George Edgecomb (who) lived on St. Basil Crescent, #42 (who) on cold and rainy days...would stay snug indoors, playing checkers with his cats, putting ships in jars or watching tv with a pizza.

While on better days when the sun was nice and warm, George would sit on his front porch watching whatever passed by.

There was, however, a more important reason for his outdoor activities. He had a passion for the lady across the street..." (Alison Snowden, David Fine, 1987)

To prove the happy ever after popularity of this story "George and Rosemary," the National Film Board of Canada published the film on YouTube in 2014.

From Éilís' perspective, this should be enough to depict the short for sore eyes. But alas, she adds the delight at seeing fashionable George donning green, giovanni pajamas and smooth plummy cashmeres oh, and; Rosemary dancing in purple pumps to the tune of "Yellow Bird." "Yellow bird, up high in banana tree... Yellow bird, you sit all alone like me ..."(Chris Isaak)

Post Script: Éilís' tried to add "George and Rosemary" to her "seasonal" list of favourite films, that is, for the current spring of 2018. It did not come up on IMDb's search bar selection.

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