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An illustration of the role public health agencies play in citizens' lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Johnny Jones (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Jones  (as Charles M. Jones)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Friz Freleng  uncredited
Chuck Jones  uncredited

Produced by
Edward Selzer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Animation Department
Peter Alvarado .... background artist
Peter Alvarado .... layout artist
Robert Gribbroek .... background artist
Robert Gribbroek .... layout artist
Ken Harris .... animator
Paul Julian .... background artist
Paul Julian .... layout artist
Phil Monroe .... animator
Lloyd Vaughan .... animator
Ben Washam .... animator
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director (as Carl Stalling)
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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10 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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The first animated film to win an Academy Award for best documentary (short subject).See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A great piece of propaganda which becomes more than its message, 3 November 2008
Author: ( from Lincoln, England

"2,621,392. A nice even figure. That's the number of babies who'll be born next year in the United States. Of these babies, 118,481 will die before reaching their first birthday." So begins Chuck Jones's 'So Much for So Little', an Academy Award winning cartoon. Doesn't sound like the recipe for comedy gold, does it? Well, the truth is 'So Much for So Little' is not primarily a comedy short. It is an educational picture about the importance of a good health service. Sounds dull, right? Fortunately, Chuck Jones works his magic on this public information film to create a thoroughly entertaining cartoon. Although he's basically illustrating a voice-over narration, Jones manages to draw us in to the story of Johnny Jones, one of those 2,621,392 babies who may end up being one of the 118,481 dead. Why should we care? Well, Jones makes us care by segueing into the story of Johnny's life, incorporating his school days, his falling in love, marriage and retirement. He does this so engagingly that we forget we are hearing the tale of a baby we've been told has a good chance of being amongst the percentage that will die. Jones returns to this fact right at the end of the short, abruptly reminding us of the information that we have forgotten while becoming emotionally involved in the character's potential life. 'So Much for So Little' advocates a worthy cause in a totally convincing, captivating and (crucially) entertaining way and was fully deserving of its Oscar win.

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