Disney’s “Understanding Stresses and Strains” (1968)

Disney-nerds like me want to see everything the studio ever made, particularly all the animated films done while the nine old men were still active. Here’s an oddball 60s era sponsored educational film featuring Eric Larson’s work; part of Disney’s Triangle of Health series, sponsored by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, Understanding Stresses and Strains:

(Thanks, Ira Gallen)


  • Spencer

    Some of the most simple and clever work put out. Especially love the series with the Owl teaching math!

  • Jonathan Hohensee

    How many educational films did Disney do? From what I’ve read, it seems as if they tried to get out of making them as soon as possible, but there doesn’t seem to be a real shortage of material.

  • http://deaniac.deviantart.com Deaniac

    I thought it served as a great educational film and was very well executed. And it was just flat out fun to watch!

  • Didier Ghez

    Thanks Jerry. This is one I had never seen.

  • Melvin

    Sounds like Paul Frees doing all voices.

  • Gerard de Souza

    I would by a dvd of the educational stuff.

  • http://rodtejada.wordpress.com Rod Tejada

    I would watch this any day! The quality is superb!

  • http://dana-draws.blogspot.com Dana T

    Better than any educational video I’ve seen since grade school.

  • http://woweh.com Kelly

    This was great!

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    Looks like fifties or sixties stuff. I probably worked on this film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/JM-Urbina-Animation-Director/138440486216374 J.M. Urbina

    jERRy Dude thanks for posting this!!
    It´s wonderful, not only because of the state of art look and feel. But because of the content.

    I´ve been living in the U.S for 6 months now and I have a couple of friends who stress out like mad and could use this gently explained information.
    My opinion as an outsider is that The good People of this country worry too much, and they Live to work instead of working to Live.

  • John A

    The conclusion the upjohn pharmaceutical company will never present: America needs to smoke more weed.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    Love the zapping effects at 5:05 on the brain.

  • http://dtoons.com/conroy Failing Art Student

    Wow.
    Disney, or somebody, should make more shorts like these for today’s audiences. They’ll educational and fun to watch.

  • http://joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/ Joel Brinkerhoff

    “For man is after all an animal too”. Ha, try acting like an animal and see where it gets you.

    • TheBandSnapsBack

      “You are a human animal
      You are a very special breed
      For you are the only animal
      Who can think, who can reason, who can read”

  • http://farleftside.com Mike Stanfill

    I wouldn’t call this “oddball” at all, especially speaking as someone who has suffered stress-related illness.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I believe they screen this at Disney Studios every time an animator asks for a raise.

  • Sarah (with an h)

    Its always a delight to see the kind of visual metaphor they use to explain how ones body works.

    I should probably take this to heart when I have to show my work in class for animation.

  • Jeff Kurtti

    Narrated by Lawrence Dobkin.