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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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Release Date:

31 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A New Deal  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Interesting political cartoon
9 December 2003 | by (South of the Border) – See all my reviews

When Oswald's farm animals are suffering from depression, Oswald goes to see good ol' FDR who prescribes a good dose of "Confidence" to make the farm once again productive. As I recall Fred Avery was given a screen credit during the opening titles.

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