Reason and Emotion
Propaganda was used during World War 2 to help get increased support of national pride. At the beginning of the war the government was very standoffish to the use of propaganda instead they were saying it was them providing information to the public. As soon propaganda took off it spread like wildfire across the country in the form of posters, advertisements, cartoons, comic books, movies, and books.
Walt Disney Productions produced Reason and Emotion and on August 27, 1943 making it one of the first cartoons released in color during this era. Directed by Bill Roberts and written by Joe Grant the film was sweeping throughout the United States. Walt Disney had produced many other propaganda films during this time such as Education for Death, Der Fuehrer’s Face, Chicken Little and many Mickey Mouse cartoons. Bill Roberts directed and co-directed many films for Disney including Brave Little Tailor, Pinocchio, The Three Caballeros, Fantasia, Fun and Fancy Free, and Saludos Amigos which are just a few of the films throughout his directing career.
This cartoon clip was made to show people a look inside the brain of an infant to show the reasons and emotions from infancy to adulthood. An adult caveman ruling over and infant who is helpless with no control over emotion or reasoning? The film shows what can happen when emotions take over and what the major consequences can be if they are not kept in check. This was especially true during this time, as the United States was trying to avoid involvement in the Second World War.
Reason and Emotion was released during the Second World War. The Second World War had been going on in other parts of the world since September 1, 1939. Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 which is what potential entered the United States into the war. The film showed how people’s emotions can change during a time of chaos, crisis and confusion. Reasoning can stay pretty straight as long as the person can stay...