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Reason and Emotion (1943)

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A film about the need for emotional control for the war effort.

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Narrator / Reason (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A look inside the brain, where we see Emotion (a caveman) ruling the infant, with Reason in the driver's seat for adults most of the time. We're shown the consequences when emotion takes over, and then we see how Hitler has manipulated his populace so that Emotion has put Reason in a concentration camp. Finally, we're exhorted to keep emotion in check to help us win the war, by not paying attention to rumors and getting discouraged with minor setbacks (but still having emotional pride in our country). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La razón y la emoción  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The male Emotion character is a caricature of animator Ward Kimball. See more »

Goofs

When talking about German pride over all others, Hitler says, speaking German, "Germany uber alles!" when the actual German word for "Germany" is "Deutschland". However, this is only a caricature of Hitler, and this 'error' is most likely deliberate. See more »

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Referenced in The Disney Family Album: Milt Kahl (1984) See more »

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Use Your Reason
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This short's aim was to teach the American people about reason and emotion and how to let reason take control of your actions and let emotions go by the wayside. It uses excellent analogies of Emotion (as a caveman) and Reason (a sophisticated intellectual) driving a car that is your mind. When Emotion takes the driver's seat, things usually end badly with the consequences of poor decisions. The wartime propaganda eventually comes out about half way through and they show a comical sharp toothed, clawed representation of Hitler with ridiculous hair, brainwashing and twisting the emotions of Germans to get them to do his bidding. The whole subject is somewhat ironic in the fact that this is propaganda whose point is to disguise the underlying goal of using your reason and emotions to make you think a certain way, but at least the message is a good one. It is an entertaining short with comedy and some good lessons to learn like thinking for yourself, not relying on your emotions, respecting women, having self control, not being gluttonous and standing up against evil. I think our society today is in desperate need of learning some of these principles.


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