Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Selected Shorts: Louis Black Presents THE SUNSHINE MAKERS


Austin Chronicle editor (and AFS founding board member) Louis Black contributed a pretty special Selected Short a few weeks back, so we asked him for another and he obliged with this jaunty little number.

Here's Louis:

This 1935 commercial for Borden's Milk is the only really interesting film I've ever seen from Van Beuren Animation Studios but it is a keeper. I see it as a conflict between Anglo Saxons and Eastern European Jews but suspect that is a minority opinion. It is about sadness and happiness with milk making all the difference.


4 comments:

  1. I think Louis is on to something - but the happy elves are more likely Franco-Norman (Dutch? Wooden sabots?) than Anglo-Saxon.

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  2. As a child of the '30s (when the film was made) I have highly personal perspective on contemporaneous events. The Nazi party became prominent in German politics in the 1920s and Hitler was elected Chancellor in 1932. By 1933 the persecution of Jewish Germans was well under way, and Anne Frank's family and others began emigration to the Netherlands. By 1935, when the film was released, it was pretty well established: a few happy German expats were living well in Holland (wooden shoes) while those who were unable or unwilling to leave Germany were increasingly unhappy and resigned to their eventual fate. Amedee J. Van Beuren was the son of a Dutch immigrant and evidently foresaw the need to rescue those left behind through military engagement. Given little provocation the blue people attack, using chemical weapons and mass formations, but are repelled and overcome by superior weapons - aircraft and heavy artillery - and projectiles that emit powerful radiation! Beuren's foresight was uncanny!

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  3. Holy cannoli I just read your summation Louis after sending you this:

    Eshbaugh is an Italian German Jew name I think.. It seems these two Jew halves are fighting which parallels the nightly struggle of daytime Ariel and Nighttime Ariel... They hate each other...But daytime Ariel had yet to win a round. Weird. Well I think we thinks alike!

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  4. Eshbaugh is an Italian German Jew name I think.. It seems these two Jew halves are fighting which parallels the nightly struggle of daytime Ariel and Nighttime Ariel... They hate each other...
    Plus daytime Ariel has yet to win a round..,

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