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I'm No Fool with Electricity (1973)

Jiminy Cricket explains the basics of safety around electricity, including lightning.

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Jiminy Cricket explains the basics of safety around electricity, including lightning.

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Sterling Holloway is thought to have provided the spoken vocals and song for the final sequence, while Cliff Edwards's recording of "I'm No Fool" bookended this cartoon. See more »

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Disney's Safety Tips
23 October 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney I'M NO FOOL Cartoon.

It's easy to prove that I'M NO FOOL WITH ELECTRICITY if I pay attention to Jiminy Cricket's admonitions.

This is one of a short series of little television films in which Disney helped to inform viewers about basic safety concerns and the foolish ways in which lackadaisical folks can hurt themselves. The story of man's involvement with electricity since caveman days is also discussed. Jiminy Cricket, as voiced by the inimitable Cliff Edwards, is the perfect teacher.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.


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