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Interesting political cartoon
Raymond Tucker9 December 2003
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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Oswald and the Depression
TheLittleSongbird7 July 2017
Despite Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his cartoons being popular and well received at the time, they have been vastly overshadowed over time by succeeding animation characters. It is a shame as, while not cartoon masterpieces, they are fascinating for anybody wanting to see what very old animation looked like.

Oswald in the Disney years saw mostly good to very good cartoons, and while the Winkler years had some duds there were also cartoons as good as the best of the Disney years. The 1929-1930 batches of Walter Lantz-directed Oswald cartoons were a mixed bag, with some good, some forgettable and not much special and a few mediocre. The 1931 batch was mostly underwhelming, with only 6 out of 18 cartoons being above average or more. The 1932 batch had a few not so good, though the cartoons in question were nothing compared to the worst of the previous 3 years, cartoons, but most were decent to good and some even very good.

So far the 1933 Oswald cartoons have been of a good standard with no duds yet, and far more consistent than especially the 1931 batch. The best were 'The Plumber' and 'The Shriek', two of the best Oswald cartoons in a while, and the weakest being the still decent 'Beau Best'. Like the previous cartoon 'Ham and Eggs', 'Confidence' is a pretty good if different Oswald cartoon.

It is disappointing that the gags are few in 'Confidence' and they are more raise a chuckle-worthy than properly funny or hilarious. The theme is an important one that holds much relevance still, and while it is done quite well occasionally what is being shown and said is laid on slightly too thick.

However, the animation is impressive with no recycling or repetition here like in 'Ham and Eggs'. There is the looser and more elaborate look of many of the previous Lantz era Oswald cartoons, but it was surprising and lovely to see parts of the animation reminding one of the animation style of the Disney years in places.

Can't complain about the music either, which is infectious and lushly orchestrated and despite some occasionally muffled moments even the sound quality can't diminish its impact. In fact, most of the funnier moments come from the music and the way it is synchronised (as ever very good and natural by the way).

Oswald is endearing and one relates to him. The support is fun.

In conclusion, pretty good Depression-oriented Oswald cartoon, if different to usual and not as funny as one would have liked. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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Confidence was a Depression-inspired Oswald the Rabbit cartoon that seems relevant to today's current economic situation
tavm1 March 2009
Warning: Spoilers
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...
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Oswald the Rabbit battles the Depression with "Confidence"!
Robert Reynolds21 March 2015
Warning: Spoilers
This is an Oswald the Rabbit short from the Walter Lantz studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is an Oswald short from 1933, done after FDR was elected President. The short starts out with scenes of Oswald's farm, with shots of all the happy go lucky animals singing, playing music and having a grand time. The chickens are happy and productive and all's well.

Then in the night, a specter arises, labeled "Depression" and it circles the globe, shown making a stop at Oswald's farm. The next morning, everyone is dragging and gloomy, with the hens acting pixilated. Oswald runs off, screaming for the doctor. Mixed with shots of Oswald running and screaming are scenes of a run on the bank, panic at the stock market and someone putting his money under his mattress.

Oswald gets to the doctor, who shakes his head, points to a poster of FDR and says, "There's your doctor"! So Oswald makes up his own version of an airplane and flies to Washington, cartwheels into the White House and the president tells him the solution is "Confidence". So they go over to a barrel marked "Confidence" and Oswald fills up a large syringe/sprayer with the stuff, takes another makeshift plane ride back home and injects the town and farm with "Confidence" and the day is saved! This short is available on DVD as part of the Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Volume One set from Universal and is worth watching.
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Not at all like the original Oswald! This one is a pusher!
MartinHafer21 January 2014
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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