Hell-Bent For Election (1944) Theatrical Cartoon

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Hell-Bent For Election (1944) Theatrical Cartoon Hell-Bent For Election

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  • Theatrical ShortShort
  • Traditional Animation
  • UPA, United Auto Workers, Industrial Films
  • Cartoon Characters: Diesel Express Train, Steam Train, Joe, Sam, Conspirator.
  • Directed By Chuck Jones.
  • Produced By Stephen Bosustow.
  • Music: Earl Robinson, E.Y. Harburg, Karen Morley.
  • Originally Released in 1944 (Estimate).
  • Originally Released Theatrically.
  • Running Time: 13:02 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:

A full-blown re-election piece for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the expense of Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey. Roosevelt is depicted as a streamlined diesel express train in a race against Dewey, a worn-out steam train. The public is...  (more)

Cartoon Production Information:

The "trains" are actually "The Win the War Special" (FDR) and "The Defeatist Limited" (Dewey).

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The UPA certainly deserve praise for their first, and best, animated short!

Whilst the focus is American politics, the imagery and animation not only do a brilliant job of broadcasting the pro-Roosevelt message of the day, but show that animation in...  (read more)

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I thought the imagery in this cartoon was kind of disturbing, particularly with the protagonist being blond and buff and the antagonist being short and dark haired. The animation itself was not bad. Propaganda is sometimes funny to watch...  (read more)

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