All the Sutherland films were released in Technicolor. Most are eight to ten minutes long. Some of the films have dates in the title sequences, but others do not. It was common to leave out dates in industrial films (a.k.a. sponsored films) so people wouldnt know how old the film was. These were films shown in schools and to other groups year after year. Since older animation doesnt always look dated, hopefully these films could stay in distribution for many years. It is difficult to date some of them accurately. Many of them can be seen at no cost on the Internet at Ephemeral Films Websites.
A Description of Several Sutherland Productions
- In Make Mine Freedom for Harding College (Sloan Foundation), 1948: Dr. Utopia is selling bottles of ISM. The substance is said to work miracles, but it is really an evil system that could lead the American worker down the road to slavery. Dr. Utopia will take away our constitutional rights. Before people swallow the salesmans hogwash, John Q. Public butts in and reminds the crowd about what made this country great capitalism. Then we see what life would be like under Dr. Utopias dictatorship (Communism at its worse).
- Going Places for Harding College (Sloan Foundation), 1948, is a Cold War cartoon defending the profit motive against anti-capitalist critics. The film stars a young soap maker whose business grows into a large business thanks to a good product, loans and his selling stock in the company.
- Why Play Leap Frog?, for Harding College (Sloan Foundation), 1949, is about the correlation between rising labor cost and higher prices. Labor can beat inflation with more efficient tools and factories that produce more and better things in less time. The worker in the film works at the Dilly Doll factory.
- Meet King Joe, for Harding College (Sloan Foundation), 1950, is a Cold War cartoon aimed at American workers with the objective of convincing them of their good fortune. We are told the American way of life means we can consume more new items because our bosses are reinvesting some of their profits in new tools which somehow means a worker can produce more in less time so his wages can go up while the item can sell for less. And that is why we are the industrial capitol of the world.
- Albert in Blunderland, 1950, shows us a planned economy run by ants. There are no labor unions or freedom of expression. The films hero, a car mechanic, wakes from his nightmare just as he is about to be shot for expressing his dislike of the ant colony system.
- The Littlest Giant, date unknown, sponsored by the National Consumer Finance Association, is a lesson about all the things you can do with bank loans. Go into debt so we can maintain Americas supremacy as the worlds most powerful consumer nation.
- Inside Cackle Corners, 1951, is a film that takes place in a town run by chickens dressed like humans. There is competition between an old fashion store and a modern one that can sell a better item for the same price. The conservative storeowner gets smart and goes to a bank for a loan so he can expand his business. Of course he gives his employees raises too, just like bosses in the real world. It ends showing us the automatic kitchen of the future with robotic appliances making life easy for us. Credits for art direction go to Gerald Nevis and Edger Starr, music by Darrell Calker and animation by Arnold Gillespie, Phil Monroe, Armin Shaffer and Bob Bemiller.