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Yankee Dood It (1956)

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

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Elmer Fudd as King of the Elves / Elf (voice) (uncredited)
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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 <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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

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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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Powerhouse
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Music by Raymond Scott
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Quasi-educational 'toon from Warners
22 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Less a comedy cartoon short and more a hymn of praise to the merits of our capitalist society, there is exactly one laugh in the whole film. The rest is merely an extended textbook-style illustration of how "industwy" and "pwofit" motives work (in a style more typical of Disney, which did several of these types of shorts)--all of which sounds a little weird as explained in Elmer's voice. Sylvester's barely used at all.


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