So Much for So Little

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So Much for So Little
Directed byChuck Jones
Produced byEdward Selzer
Written byFriz Freleng
Chuck Jones (both uncredited)
Narrated byFrank Graham (uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Distributed byWarner Bros. Cartoons
Release date
  • January 1, 1949 (1949-01-01)
Running time
10 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1][2] 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.[3] Produced during the Harry S. Truman administration, it attained renewed relevance during the Donald Trump administration nearly seven decades later.[4]


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 July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "New York Times: So Much for So Little". NY Times. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
  4. ^ "This 70-year-old cartoon made a hell of an argument for single-payer healthcare". BoingBoing. April 3, 2017.

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