Life Among the many Ants – Hit & Run :

Within the late 1940s and early ’50s, GM chief Alfred P. Sloan funded a sequence of anti-communist cartoons. (The story behind the movies is convoluted, however the compressed model is that Sloan’s basis gave grants to Harding School, an Arkansas-based Christian faculty, which then paid former Disney animator John Sutherland’s studio to make them.) One of many shorts is Albert in Blunderland, a 1950 assault on the deliberate economic system. It presents communism as an anthill society—actually, with precise ants.

Whereas nearly everybody concerned in funding this movie hailed from the political proper, the cartoon was clearly aimed toward a union-friendly working-class viewers; it defends unbiased commerce unions and warns that state factories will be capable of impose harsh speed-ups with impunity. In a precursor of types to the Laborious Hat Riot, it ends with a blue-collar employee beating up a socialist:

(For previous editions of the Friday A/V Membership, go here. I haven’t featured any of the Sloan/Harding/Sutherland films in the A/V Club before, but their 1948 effort “Make Mine Freedom” has turned up elsewhere on this website.)

Jesse Walker

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