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Reason and Emotion (1943)

A film about the need for emotional control for the war effort.

Director:

Bill Roberts (uncredited)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Emotion (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Walt Disney ... Baby Emotion (uncredited)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Narrator / Reason (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Baby Reason (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Cat (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A look inside the brain, where we see Emotion (a caveman) ruling the infant, with Reason in the driver's seat for adults most of the time. We're shown the consequences when emotion takes over, and then we see how Hitler has manipulated his populace so that Emotion has put Reason in a concentration camp. Finally, we're exhorted to keep emotion in check to help us win the war, by not paying attention to rumors and getting discouraged with minor setbacks (but still having emotional pride in our country). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La razón y la emoción See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The male Emotion character is a caricature of animator Ward Kimball. See more »

Goofs

When talking about German pride over all others, Hitler says, speaking German, "Germany uber alles!" when the actual German word for "Germany" is "Deutschland". However, this is only a caricature of Hitler, and this 'error' is most likely deliberate. See more »

Alternate Versions

Later releases by Disney remove all references to World War II, keeping only the comic scenes in which characters are fighting their impulsive nature. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Conversation with Joe Grant (2004) See more »

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An Instance Of Never Letting The Worst Of Any Bad Situation Overcome You.
26 May 2015 | by Dawalk-1See all my reviews

As the title of my review of this reads and suggests, this is just the point that explains it. This is one of my favorite animated shorts of not only Disney and wartime (even though there's only a slight wartime reference in it all all), but of the golden era of animation and in general. A vivid exemplification and manifestation of what can happen when one jumps to conclusions and lets the worst thing get the best of him/her, in the form of two tiny people inside one's mind who control it. Sentiment must never dominate sensibility and they both must work in conjunction and equally in order to lessen the problems, predicaments, and troubles that may arise later. That's the message of why the rationalism half is so important. Concerning the aforementioned one dominating the other, this can be applied to the male Reason and Emotion in the mind of a listener in the audience at Hitler's speech. Basically, one should never let the worst circumstances get the best of him or her. Then, there's also resisting the temptation of overindulging, as in the case of the female counterparts of Reason and Emotion, who occupied the mind of a lady who gained weight feasting too much in a diner, thanks to the female Emotion's ineluctable appetite. These lessons are not only very useful in preparing for combat, but also in everyday life. Anyway, this is both a fun and interesting cartoon, and I enjoyed it very much, very well done and accomplished in explaining how those parts of mentality can either work with or against you, especially without wisdom. Love the concept.


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