Hell-Bent For Election

Posted: January 8, 2009 in Animation, UPA
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#NB# This is another post from my old blog.
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Hell-Bent For Election
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Animation by: Dave Hilberman
Adrian Woolery
Robert ‘Bobe’ Cannon
Ben Washam
Zack Schwartz
Originally Released: 1944

Not all animated cartoons are funny, as this cartoon, the first ever by UPA shows. This film was made for the United Auto Workers union and was made purely as propaganda with the aim being to get Franklin D Roosevelt re-elected. Chuck Jones and a lot of other notable animators helped UPA get this film done. I like the design of the FDR train a lot.

Before they went commercial UPA made lots of industrial and political films, the other notable one being Brotherhood of Man, which I talked about in a previous post. This film tries to promote racial harmony and was made for the United Auto Workers just prior to the car factories integrating their production lines.

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