Monday, December 3, 2007

Sutherland Productions - Make Mine Freedom


This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of Capitalism.

The film notes that America gives everyone the freedom to work at the job you love, freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, freedom to own property, security from unlawful search or seizure, the right to a speedy public trial, protection against excessive punishment and fines, the right to vote, and the right to worship God in your own way.

However, despite these freedoms problems such as tension between labor and management, and inequality do exist. Dr. Utopia introduces a magic "ism" that can cure all problems that a free society has. Unfortunately the price doctor Utopia charges is all of a persons possessions and their freedom.

About John Sutherland

John Sutherland worked as a assistant director for Disney before opening John Sutherland Productions in 1944 with the encouragement of Walt Disney. They specialized in writing and producing animation/live-action films and supportive print material during the remainder of the war years.

Soon thereafter, Sutherland began turning out animated industrial and propaganda films and was a place many animators went during periods of inactivity at the other animation studios during the 40s and 50s.

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