So Much for So Little
|So Much for So Little|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Written by||Friz Freleng
|Narrated by||Frank Graham|
|Music by||Leigh Harline|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
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. As a work of the United States Government, the film is in the public domain. The Academy Film Archive preserved So Much for So Little in 2005. Produced during the Harry S Truman administration, it attained renewed relevance during the Donald Trump administration nearly seven decades later.
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)
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.
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- "New York Times: So Much for So Little". NY Times. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
- "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
- "This 70-year-old cartoon made a hell of an argument for single-payer healthcare". BoingBoing. April 3, 2017.