A villainous Thomas E. Dewey supporting sprite tries to influence a sleepy Union rail switchman to derail Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign train.


(as Charles M. Jones)


, (lyrics)


In this cartoon, a political piece paid for by the United Auto Workers, presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt is portrayed as streamlined express train, while Thomas Dewey is shown as an old, tired steamer. The voters are encouraged not to "fall asleep at the switch" when it came time to support FDR. Written by Mike Konczewski

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1 January 1944 (USA)  »

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A little Seen Gem
28 June 2001 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones moonlighted with the artists of what would eventually become UPA to make this excellent piece of election propaganda. It was funded by the United Auto Workers to help re-elect Franklin Roosevelt. In the cartoon Roosevelt is caricatured as a streamlined train, while Thomas Dewey is the Defeatist Limited. A southern senator tries to lure Joe Worker to fall asleep at the switch and so allow Dewey to win. The animation is somewhat stylized with pleasing graphics. Probably one of the few, if not only, cartoons to be so overtly political (one of the Dewey train cars is labeled "Jim Crow"). I recommend it for any fan of animation history.

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