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Clara Cleans Her Teeth (1926)

| Short, Family
Clara stands outside the playground watching the other children play. A teacher invites her in and she has lunch with the others; when one of the kids advises her not to eat so fast, she ... See full summary »
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Clara stands outside the playground watching the other children play. A teacher invites her in and she has lunch with the others; when one of the kids advises her not to eat so fast, she explains she must do so because the food hurts her teeth. After lunch the children are asked to line up so that they may brush their teeth together, but Clara has no idea what to do. The other children are amazed and tell her her teeth look terrible, calling her Snaggle Tooth Susan. She goes home and tells her parents, who order her to go see the dentist. That night, she dreams that two toothbrushes and a cup come to visit her to lecture her on oral hygiene. She learns the error of her ways. Written by jjwbenso

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Yes, you watch people brush their teeth
1 September 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

CLARA CLEANS HER TEETH can be found, as I write this, on Youtube. It is, I suppose, a necessity for Disney fanatics. It is not a good movie.

Disney made a couple of promotional films for dentists in the silent era, TOMMY TUCKER'S TOOTH, and this one, starring his niece, who also filled in on the ALICE series for a couple of episodes. It is a very earnest short subject on the necessity of cleaning your teeth, and you see people brushing their teeth a lot.

This being a Disney movie, Clara, whose teeth hurt, but who refuses to go see the dentist, has a dream in which animated toothbrushes appear to her and scare her into going. Her teeth are filled, she joins the horde of obsessively-compulsively brushing children and the movie ends at that point.

In short, this is a lot like all those earnest Public Service announcements you got in the 1950s, which told you to duck and cover to protect yourself from an atomic bomb or to always signal when you made a turn, which would stop your blood from ever covering the highway: bizarre from a modern viewpoint, as will much of our concerns seem in eighty years. I would give it a 1, but its historical interest saves it from that dread fate.


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