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So Much for So Little
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Edward Selzer
Written by Friz Freleng
Chuck Jones
Narrated by Frank Graham
Release date(s)
Running time 10 minutes
Country United States
Language English

So Much for So Little is a 1949 American short Documentary film directed by Chuck Jones. It won an Academy Award in 1950 for Documentary Short Subject, tying with A Chance to Live.[1][2] As a work of the United States Government, the film is in the public domain.


The cartoon states that, annually, 118,481 babies out of 2 million will die before reaching their first birthday. Thus, the cartoon shows John E. Jones, a baby that may add to this statistic if not given proper healthcare. The cartoon proceeds to show most of John's life, including his school years, marriage, later life (as a father), and his golden years, providing other helpful health information along the way. Before the cartoon ends, however, it returns to John as a baby, reminding the audience that John needs proper healthcare to survive. The cartoon then states that if every American paid just three cents a week, sufficient healthcare could be provided for John and babies everywhere.


  • Frank Graham as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

See also

  • Infant mortality


External links

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