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Is It Always Right to Be Right? (1970)

The world is divided into factions, on opposite sides of issues; each side is, of course, right. And so the gap between the people grows, until someone challenges the absolutist view of what's "right."

Director:

Lee Mishkin

Writer:

Warren H. Schmidt (as Warren H. Schmidt Ph.D)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
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Diana Hale Diana Hale ... (voice)
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The world is divided into factions, on opposite sides of issues; each side is, of course, right. And so the gap between the people grows, until someone challenges the absolutist view of what's "right."

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siempre es correcto ser correcto? See more »

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Mono

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Color
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the more things change, the more they stay the same
3 February 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Lee Mishkin's Oscar-winning "Is It Always Right to Be Right?" looks partly at the generation gap of the 1960s but more generally at polarization in general: both sides are so convinced of their rectitude that society suffers stagnation. Sound familiar? Narrated by Orson Welles, the cartoon makes the point that both sides have legitimate arguments. The setting never gets identified but it's clearly the US, with the adults emphasizing the high quality of life and the young people emphasizing the prominence of racism and militarism. All very important points.

This cartoon reminds us that not only do cartoons not have to be "cute" (animation is simply another type of filmmaking), but it's one of the best ways to draw attention to society's problems. I definitely recommend it.


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