So Much for So Little
|So Much for So Little|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Written by||Friz Freleng|
Chuck Jones (both uncredited)
|Narrated by||Frank Graham (uncredited)|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
So Much for So Little is a 1949 American short documentary film directed by Chuck Jones. In 1950, it won an Oscar at the 22nd Academy Awards 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.
- "The 22nd Academy Awards (1950) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- "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.