So Much for So Little

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So Much for So Little
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Edward Selzer
Written by Friz Freleng
Chuck Jones
Narrated by Frank Graham
Release dates
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
10 minutes
Country United States
Language English

So Much for So Little is a 1949 American short documentary film directed by Chuck Jones. It won an Academy Award in 1950 for Documentary Short Subject, tying with A Chance to Live.[1][2] As a work of the United States Government, the film is in the public domain.


The cartoon states that, annually, 118,481 babies out of 2 million will die before reaching their first birthday. Thus, the cartoon shows John E. Jones, a baby that may add to this statistic if not given proper healthcare. The cartoon proceeds to show most of John's life, including his school years, marriage, later life (as a father), and his golden years, providing other helpful health information along the way. Before the cartoon ends, however, it returns to John as a baby, reminding the audience that John needs proper healthcare to survive. The cartoon then states that if every American paid just three cents a week, sufficient healthcare could be provided for John and babies everywhere.


  • Frank Graham as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Home media[edit]

This documentary short appeared as bonus features in Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 and Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1. It was remastered in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 22nd Academy Awards (1950) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: So Much for So Little". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 

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