Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cartoon Teaches Economics "By Word Of Mouse"

It has Sylvester the cat but the real star is a little mouse who is an econmics professor. It is called "By Word Of Mouse." It was produced by Warner Brothers in 1954. Here is what IMDB says about it:

"This was the first of three cartoons on economic subjects underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It was followed by Heir-Conditioned and Yankee Dood It."

Here is what Wikipedia says about it:

"Starting in 1950, New York University’s Institute of Economic Affairs received annual grants for projects concerned with educating the public on economics issues, including a series of educational animated short films through Warner Bros. Animation starring Sylvester and Elmer Fudd and directed by Friz Freleng that illustrate basic elements of capitalism. This series includes By Word of Mouse (1954), Heir-Conditioned (1955) and Yankee Dood It (1956)."


Yogi said...

Lovely. Woder why the "German" mouse even bothers to give the mass production another thought and also tells his children about it, in a fashion that it would be a neutral or even a "good thing".
At first he seemed to understand that it is a terrible mistake but later he got influenced to much. As it happend to pretty much everybody on the planet as well.

Cyril Morong said...

Thanks for reading my blog and commenting. I am not clear on what you are saying. Are you against mass production?

Anonymous said...

Sadly the last part...higher wages and better living only apply to the management. Hence the world economies are crashing.

Cyril Morong said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. But I don't agree with your conclusion. Please see the following links

diego78 said...

Really? I must add this show to the watch list then. I have always picked up shows that taught something good and knowledgeable to my kids i.e. why I chose shows by Andy Yeatman for them. But, one day these shows are going to finish and I will need entertaining and educating shows all over again.