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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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Just watched this Depression-inspired Walter Lantz-Bill Nolan/Oswald the Rabbit cartoon on YouTube. In this one, Oswald runs a farm where the hens are laying eggs. One lays a big one, one lays a small one, and one has trouble doing so but everyone seems happy. Then a vulture with Depression printed on his body flies over the globe (which is a live-action model that probably predates Max Fleischer's frequent use of them) and everyone is really...well, you know. So Oswald goes to a doctor who recommends him to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt-who's depicted as standing since very few knew of his polio at the time-gives the rabbit a flit-spray called Confidence. So as the rabbit literally flies back to his farm, he spreads that spray as everyone goes back to normal and becomes happy again...There's just a few gags in this social conscience cartoon like when the rabbit flies, he uses a wig of Thomas Jefferson as his vehicle with his ears as propellers or the vice president getting papers knocked over him when Oswald accidentally trips him. Otherwise, it's the music that provides the entertainment. There's also some surreality when Oswald is running toward us with circles behind going the same way not to mention him having more than one voice of which one is female! This was a pretty entertaining cartoon that seems relevant to today what with the fallen economy and current President Obama's attempts to fix it. With that said, I highly recommend Confidence. P.S. One of the animators was Fred (Tex) Avery and the mice depicted here look like Disney's Mickey though considering his company recently got Oswald back, maybe that's not such a big surprise...
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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