Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Thinktank that sponsored three Warner Brothers cartoons in the 1950s, all of which were directed by Friz Freleng:
By Word of Mouse (1954)
Heir Conditioned (1955)
Yankee Dood It (1956)
Each of these cartoons had the usual quota of cartoon gags, but stopped in the middle for a lecture on free enterprise, investment, the benefits of mass production, &c.
Beck and Friedwald take a rather sarcastic view of these cartoons, asking rhetorically in their write up of Yankee Dood It whether they made cartoons in Russia with “Comrade Cat and Bolshevik Bunny explaining to Webster Wombat why workers should control the means of production”. Personally, I think that is being a bit harsh. While the propagandistic aspects of the cartoons do tend to intrude, I do not believe they interfere unduly with the story.