When the Great Depression hits, Oswald the Rabbit goes to the President himself for help.

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The animals on Oswald the Rabbit's farm couldn't be happier with their work. The hens, in particular, enjoy their jobs as egg producers. True, a hen gets a bit anxious when her egg is too small or when she can't lay anything. But on the whole, times are good. That changes when a specter by the name of Depression rises from the dump and travels the globe spreading fear and panic. The Great Depression has begun and has poisoned the entire country, including Oswald's farm. Now, the roosters are listless and the chickens flop around in a daze. Oswald runs to the doctor for help. But Dr. Pill points to a poster of the President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "There's your doctor!" he declares. Soon, Oswald is in the White House, knocking down the Vice President in his haste to see FDR. Roosevelt sings "Confidence" and gives the rabbit a generous supply, which he keeps in a barrel in his office. Then, Oswald returns to his farm and uses a hypodermic needle to inject confidence into his farm ... Written by J. Spurlin

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31 July 1933 (USA)  »

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A New Deal  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Four U.S. Presidents and one Vice President are caricatured. The current President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, sings "Confidence." The current Vice President, John Nance Garner, carries a stack of papers and drops them after Oswald the Rabbit accidentally trips him (twice). A fairly realistic portrait of Abraham Lincoln hangs in the President's office next to his desk. A wackier portrait, of Theodore Roosevelt, hangs next to the door. A statue of Thomas Jefferson is shocked when Oswald steals his wig and bow tie. See more »

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FDR is seen standing and walking on his own two feet. In reality, by the time he was President, his legs had been crippled by polio, and was confined to a wheelchair. See more »

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[first lines]
Rooster: Come on, girls, get to work.
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Featured in The Century (1999) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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Not at all like the original Oswald! This one is a pusher!
21 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The original set of Oswald cartoons from Walt Disney were a lot of fun. However, the studio decided to fire Disney and his friend, Ub Iwerks, and make the films themselves to save money. In screwing Disney, the studio inadvertently pushed Disney to make his own studio--one that ended up burying most of his competition. Unfortunately, the non-Disney Oswald cartoons were generally disappointing--losing much of their goofy humor and made Oswald seem rather dull.

"Confidence" is one of the later Oswald cartoons. In fact, he really looks and acts almost nothing like the Disney version. This Walter Lantz cartoon is really much more like a political propaganda piece and because of that, it's even less entertaining.

The Depression has hit the farm and all the animals are depressed and lethargic. So, Oswald sets out to Washington to meet with lawmakers to find out how to cure the problem. He's told people just need confidence, so he returns with a giant hypo and starts injecting everyone! Years later, they'd make anti-drug cartoons to try to undo the damage done by Oswald!! Overall, an interesting curio but not a very good or funny cartoon.


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