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5 November 1943 (USA) See more »
The Seven Dwarves learn about the menace of mosquito borne malaria and the necessary precautions to control it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Art Baker ... Narrator

Directed by
Bill Justice (uncredited)
Bill Roberts (uncredited)
Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Holoboff .... assistant director
Animation Department
Milt Kahl .... animator (uncredited)
Frank Thomas .... animator (uncredited)

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10 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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The first of a series of health-related educational shorts produced by the Disney studios and the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs for showing in Latin America. It was also the only one to use established Disney characters (the Seven Dwarves).See more »
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Dopey: Mosquito Exterminator, 31 January 2015
Author: RbDeraj from United States

This was a somewhat strange topic for a Disney made propaganda film. While it is informational and fact based, you can definitely tell that it is used for propaganda. They make mosquitoes out to be evil criminal vampires out to kill, steal, and destroy. While they are pesky and can spread disease they are simply insects. To combat the mosquito armies Disney recruits the help of the beloved Seven Dwarfs along with Dopey who thought it would be necessary to bring a meat cleaver. They show example of how citizens can rid infected mosquito from their environment. While some of the suggestions are good, you can tell that others are very outdated and would be considered harmful today. They recommend dumping oil in water sources and burying cans and trash that could hold water for mosquito breeding grounds, both of which today would be considered pollution. It is a good little short, made entertaining by the use of the dwarfs, and teaches about the harms of mosquitoes and what people can do about it. It is fun to watch pieces like this and learn about the past and also how times have changed. Dopey is also quite the maniacal mosquito exterminator!

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