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French animated STD film from 1918

Your history lesson for today: Europa Film Archives is a gold mine – posting dozens of rare cinematic treasures from various European archives, including many obscure animated shorts. Lobster Films donated this one: a 1918 syphilis prevention film, On doit le dire (You Have To Say It). It’s quite effective in communicating its message – and its cut-out technique holds up rather well. It was animated by Marius Rossillon (aka O’Galop), creator of the “Michelin Man“!

Check it out here.

(Thanks, Floyd Bishop)

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  • Hilarious! When was the sound added?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Probably recent. Certainly someone had a sense of humor about this, though I kept having goofy 70’s style porn muzak running through my head, the best Keith Mansfield could cook up!

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  • top cat james

    Now we finally know the sad fate of Pepe Le Pew. Quel scandale!

  • Peter Wassink

    great link!
    it has george Pal’s “La Grande Revue” Philips – 1938

    thanks for sharing.

  • There goes my day. I’ll be digging through these all day.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I would be spending hours soaking up Europa love!

  • Sat

    Awesome! That was really funny. The mix of the film and the soundtrack is very inspiring!

  • Niles

    If this is the uncut, original film the timing couldn’t be any sharper. Some of the best jointed cutout animation done anywhere, anytime.

  • MichaelDair

    Aaaaah, just in time for the Holidays!!!

  • I great find. I really like the animation: it’s crisp, it’s funny, it’s clear. The film’s message is clear, too. Syphilis really looks like an awful disease. Hurray for antibiotics!

  • E. L. Kelly II

    Brrrrr. Syphilis! Didn’t want it before; I’ll be on the lookout now!
    That short was both hilarious and mildly terrifying. I wonder what the effects of such a clear film, only regarding AIDS, would be nowadays. Now that I think about it, folks are so stubborn…it’d probably be nil.