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“The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam” By Robert Mitchell and Dale Case

I don’t believe I’d ever seen the Oscar-nominated Further Adventures of Uncle Sam (1970) until today. It’s a fascinating time-capsule of the era – post Yellow Submarine, pre-Fritz The Cat and very much of the underground comix zeitgeist of the time. Directed by Dale Case and Robert Mitchell, and produced by The Haboush Company of Hollywood, during a time of general malaise in the animation industry – when some of the young guns (Murakami-Wolf) and old timers (Stephen Bosustow) decided to self-produce personal films of social commentary.

Note: This film is listed everywhere as The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam Part 2, though “Part 2” does not appear on-screen as part of the title. If anyone knows why this is – or if there is a “Part 1” somewhere – let us know.

(Thanks, Charles Brubaker, via Best Animated Short)

  • Christopher Smigliano

    I saw this on PBS many, MANY years ago… And it holds up quite well today, especially given the political climate.. That entire segment while they were riding the blimp seemed like a deliberate parody of the “Sea of Monsters” portion of YELLOW SUBMARINE.

  • I recall Dale Case saying that “Part 2” thing was a joke that he and Bob Mitchell came up with. There is no “Part 1” at all.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    It took me the longest time, but I finally learned that the song on the track was an example of Cajun zydeco. Really a nice touch.

  • Eman

    Subtext was not the 70’s forte was it?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I’ve seen a ton of that that myself. People just assumed you knew.

  • Satorical

    If this had been post-Watergate, it would have been even grimmer.


    My Uncle Bob Mitchell conceptualized The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam while he was in England working on the Beatles The Yellow Submarine. Though uncredited – he worked as a production designer with Heinz Edlemann, a character designer and a storyboard artist on the film. Bob Designed and Directed numerous short films and commercials while working for the Haboush Company in the 1960’s and 70’s. As a child Bob always confused the James Montgomery Flagg Uncle Sam with the Coca Cola Santa Claus – so he fused them together. I donated Uncle Sam and several other shorts made by my Uncle to the Motion Picture Academy several years ago. Bob was also an accomplished Water Colorist and Illustrator.