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So Much for So Little (1949)

An illustration of the role public health agencies play in citizens' lives.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Johnny Jones (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Little Johnny Jones, to be born in the next year, is shown growing to a ripe, healthy old age, thanks to the efforts of his local public health officers. But without them, he might be one of the 5% or so that dies in the first year. The price for the public health service: about 3 cents a week. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1949 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The first animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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Public health with Chuck Jones
4 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Chuck Jones deserved his status as one of animation's most legendary, greatest and most important directors/animators. He may have lacked the outrageousness and wild wackiness of Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, but the visual imagination, wit and what he did with some of the best-known and most iconic characters ever were just as special. 'So Much for So Little' is interesting and well made, but did it deserve its Oscar Win? Not to me, while appreciating it highly of Jones' three Oscar-winning cartoons it's perhaps my least favourite.

'So Much for So Little's' portrayal of inoculations is somewhat one-sided agreed and some of the content is very of the time and would be very different now. With that being said, what we are told and how it's executed on the whole is fascinating, engaging, important and entertaining, making its points without preaching too much.

The voice acting from Mel Blanc and Frank Graham is as spot on as can be. Two multi-talented voice actors on top form. Jones' direction is solid and the cartoon is paced in a lively fashion.

Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in design, vibrant in colour and very meticulous in detail.

Ever the master, Carl Stalling's music is typically superb. It is as always lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

In summation, very interesting and well done but didn't blow me away and won't be for everybody. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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