So Much for So Little (1949)

 |  Documentary, Short, Animation
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An illustration of the role public health agencies play in citizens' lives.


(as Charles M. Jones)
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Johnny Jones (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
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Little Johnny Jones, to be born in the next year, is shown growing to a ripe, healthy old age, thanks to the efforts of his local public health officers. But without them, he might be one of the 5% or so that dies in the first year. The price for the public health service: about 3 cents a week. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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The first animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. See more »


Featured in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »


Music by Raymond Scott
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Extremely well-conceived and executed animated short on public health programs
17 January 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Although somewhat dated in a few details, much of what this details regarding public health and safety, such as inoculation versus disease and the need for good sanitation is still of importance today. I saw this in Cartoon Network on a special ToonHeads featuring rarely seen or little-known animation. This won an Oscar for Documentary Short (actually, it tied with another short) and was well deserving of its award. The animation is superb and worth watching. It was also quite disturbing to learn that, apparently, a bare fifty years ago the infant mortality rate in the United States was as high as it was. Five of every 100 births. While we have made progress, we can still make a good deal more. Most recommended.

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