Friday, 28 March 2008

Clyde Geronimi (Walt Disney) "The Story of Anyburg USA"

I read in my newspaper this week research revealing the role Walt Disney's movies have had educating society, particularly on the environment. Well the shorter movies have done likewise. The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. is essentially a court case brought against the automobile by a city suffering from an overdose of congestion and carnage. The fuming beasts are placed on the stand, set against a very sharp lawyer who enjoys performing for the jury. He is set against a diminutive defence attorney. Trouble is brewing for the motor trade as, occupation by occupation, driver by driver, the whole set-up is interrogated. In verse and even song the eleven minutes pass easily for the modern viewer and one might marvel at the wit, artistry and sheer ingenuity of the makers of this 1957 film. Directed by Disney veteran, Clyde Geronimi, the movie is strong on collisions and non-existent on pollution, showing how much our world has changed, or not perhaps.

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