John Sutherland Productions

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I accepted the suggestion of placeboKatz and took a look at Destination Earth. It is a propaganda cartoon sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, where a Martian explorer discovers the secrets behind the USA’s prosperity: oil and free enterprise. The best of it is not the message, is the animation and the producer behind it: John Sutherland Productions.

John Sutherland was responsible for the production of several Disney’s animations of 1930’s and 1940’s. The Animation Station Podcast made a very nice episode about him:

John Sutherland worked as a assistant director for Disney before opening John Sutherland Productions in 1944 with the encouragement of Walt Disney. They specialized in writing and producing animation/live-action films and supportive print material during the remainder of the war years.
Soon thereafter, Sutherland began turning out animated industrial and propaganda films and was a place many animators went during periods of inactivity at the other animation studios during the 40s and 50s.

His fifties production is composed basically by educational short films and propaganda with animation, many of them with a clear anti-communist slogan – very funny nowadays. I made a search to see what else that he produced was available at Internet Archive in public domain and the result was quite nice. The result of the videos available and were you can watch it is below – the videos at You Tube were uploaded by The Animation Station Podcast.

A Is for Atom (1953): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video.

Destination Earth (1956): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video.

Going Places (1948): Internet ArchiveGoogle VideoYouTube.

It’s Everybody’s Business (1954): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video.

Make Mine Freedom (1948): Internet Archive
Google VideoYouTube.

Meet King Joe (1951): Internet ArchiveGoogle VideoYouTube.

The Atom Goes To Sea (1954): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video

The Butcher, The Baker and The Ice Cream Maker (1950’s): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video

What Makes Us Tick (1952): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video.

Why Play Leapfrog? (1950): Internet ArchiveGoogle VideoYouTube.

Wise Use of Credit (1960): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video.

Working Dollars (1956): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video – below.

Your Safety First (1956): Internet ArchiveGoogle Video.

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2 Responses to John Sutherland Productions

  1. Um dos problemas da net é a ausência de origem e destino: você nunca se esquece de onde foi buscar o material, de onde o colocou e faz questão de situá-lo num contexto. Bela e útil lista.
    Até breve.

  2. Bibi says:

    Obrigada. 🙂 Eu prefiro citar tudo, onde achei, onde tem, e se foi via alguém. Não gosto de informações cortadas, imagens roubadas ou coisas fora de contexto. Informação é uma coisa tão valiosa que eu prefiro compartilhar com todos na esperança de que os outros façam o mesmo.
    Ah, e muito obrigada pela visita aqui no blog!

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