Friday, May 05, 2017

Something You Didn't Eat (The Nitrate Picture Show)

James Algar, US 1945
Print source: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Running time: 9 minutes
About the print: The print has some edge and perforation damage.
Shrinkage: 0.65%
About the film: A government-produced, Disney-made animated short on the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet.
The Nitrate Picture Show, George Eastman Museum, Dryden Theatre, 5 May 2017

AA: A Walt Disney production, a wartime public health education movie, fun to watch, with narration in verse. Although the subject is basic ‒ it is about the seven sectors in the food circle ‒ the film brings in mere ten minutes fresh angles, such as key years of insight. 1747: the year when we learned to beat scurvy with citrus fruit. 1890: when we understood to fight beriberi with unpolished rice instead of the polished variety.

Good-looking and appealing in bright Technicolor. Even the colour seduces us to eat well.

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