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Yankee Dood It (1956)

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The King of the Elves comes to help a failing shoemaker industrialize through the doctrine of industrial capitalism.



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Uncredited cast:
Sylvester (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Elmer Fudd as King of the Elves / Elf (voice) (uncredited)
Shoemaker / Elf (voice) (uncredited)


Elmer Fudd is the progressive King of industrial Elves. He visits an outmoded shoemaker's shop to extol the virtues of mass production capitalism to the shoemaker, whose pet cat, Sylvester, uses the magic word, "Jehosophat" to turn Fudd's elf helper into a mouse and chases him around the shoemaker's shop. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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Release Date:

13 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det magiske ord  »

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1.37 : 1
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Production was underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. See more »


Elmer Fudd as King of the Elves: A manufacturer who sticks to old equipment cannot compete, and must fail. To survive, he must persuade people to risk savings in his business. He can then buy new equipment, increase production, and show a profit.
Shoemaker: And he keeps the profit?
Elmer Fudd as King of the Elves: Oh no, that's what a lot of people think. But he doesn't. Out of profit, he must pay dividends to investors. Profit must be put back into the business to fund newer and better machinery.
Shoemaker: Spend his profit on machinery? When does it all end?
Elmer Fudd as King of the Elves: It never ends! ...
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Follows Heir-Conditioned (1955) See more »


Music by Raymond Scott
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"MST3K" could have spoofed this...almost
12 March 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Friz Freleng had previously portrayed the elves-and-shoemaker story with the very impressive "Holiday for Shoestrings" in 1946. This time, he turns the story into something resembling one of those educational films that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" occasionally showed. Specifically, elf king Elmer Fudd tells the outdated cobbler how mass production will improve things (expwaining the pwocess with his funny pwonunciation)...and all the while, Sylvester is looking to turn the elves into mice.

OK, so the rise of these kinds of factories in the post-war years justifies this mindset. Unfortunately, the factories later closed down and moved to the Third World, as we saw in "Roger & Me". I see that "Yankee Dood It" was bankrolled by the Alfred P. Sloan (Sloan or Sloane?) Foundation, so they no doubt wanted to extol what they considered American values. Like Chuck Jones's "Old Glory" (in which Uncle Sam teaches Porky Pig the history of the USA), it comes out almost totally devoid of humor.

All in all, this cartoon isn't terrible, but it basically comes across as - yes, I'll say it - propaganda. A far better cartoon dealing with this sort of topic is Chuck Jones's MGM cartoon "The Bear That Wasn't". As for Freleng, he rebounded in 1957 with "Birds Anonymous", "Three Little Bops" and "Show Biz Bugs".

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