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La maison de Jean-Jacques (1967)

A humorous animation film about a fellow who builds his house in the best suburb he can afford, but he wants something special.

Director:

Ron Tunis

Writer:

Don Arioli (story and characterization)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Arioli Don Arioli ... (voice)
Les Nirenberg Les Nirenberg ... (voice)
Ben Lennick Ben Lennick ... (voice)
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A humorous animation film about a fellow who builds his house in the best suburb he can afford, but he wants something special.

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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1967 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The House That Jack Built See more »

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Color
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Conventionality
7 July 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

This National Film Board cartoon uses the Jack and the Beanstalk motif to attack the uniformity of the middle class. That is a fairly easy target, and hardly an original one. In fact, that very same theme, with imagery not dissimilar to that employed in this short, appeared in "Little Boxes", a song written by Malvina Reynolds and released both by herself and by Pete Seeger in the mid '60's, prior to the release of "The House That Jack Built".

This cartoon promotes the facile notion that being rich is really no better than being poor. Comforting thought, yes. True, no.

With its conventional approach to conventional themes, this film about conformity manages to become the object of its own opprobrium, its award nominations notwithstanding.


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