Oddball Sixties Disney Industrial Films Oddball Sixties Disney Industrial Films

Oddball Sixties Disney Industrial Films

The Social Side of Health and The Fight are a couple of oddball industrial films directed by Nine Old Man Les Clark at Disney in 1969. The films are rarities which I’d never seen, which is why I’m posting them here. There’s a reason though why these haven’t appeared on any of the “Disney Treasures” DVDs. Like every other major Hollywood animation studio, Disney was not immune to the restrained film budgets of the 1960s and the results are evident, if not unintentionally amusing as well.

The Social Side of Health

The Fight

  • Nic Kramer

    They were pretty amusing. At least Les didn’t borrow animation from earlier films. Makes me wish that either Lee or Milt were in charge of the animation feature films instead of Woolie.

  • Manning

    Wow – amazingly good find.

    “An Indian needs a tourist trade” – hilarious (as well as fairly offensive. But still hilarious).

  • I loved both of these. I find the graphic “television” animation style really appealing. That first one combines all three styles of storyboards that Chad talks about in The Famous Artist booklets, which I find interesting.

  • Lurch Poiuyt

    The first one is from a series… I’ve seen other films
    from that series when I was in middle school in the ’90s.
    (the middle school I went to had a tight budget and older
    teachers, and showed old films from the 50s and 60s)

  • Holy hell, I suddenly remember these way back when they aired on The Disney Channel.

  • These incorporate a common failing of corporate video in thinking that by giving a “message” presentation the trappings of an entertainment production, the audience will be drawn in and pay more attention. What the audience perceives instead is something that appears as a very uninteresting entertainment production.

    That would explain the overly long songs and the numerous sight gags that only fill time rather than reinforce the message.

    It probably wouldn’t be hard to come up with a bumper sticker or a slogan on a T-shirt that would impart the message of either of these films more effectively and more lastingly.

    But I love the walk cycles in these. I like the look in general.

    What did Les Clark do to get stuck with assignments like this?

  • Pedro Nakama

    That’s my problem! I don’t have a social side. All I do is surf the web.

  • Rodrigo

    Ahhhh, back when cartoonists were allowed to be a tad chauvinistic, a little racist, and a little more . . . honest? :X

  • Semaj: I remember them too. The “What Should I Do?” series was included in the second run of DONALD DUCK PRESENTS episodes (the group that ran the shorts with full titles—added to the rotation in 1985, I believe).
    It’s weird to see one taken from 16mm with skips and other film damage. Seen in between airings of CANVASBACK DUCK and MICKEY’S REVUE, THE FIGHT seemed disarmingly modern when I was a kid. Now I’m forced to accept that it’s a relic itself.

  • Gerard de Souza

    Those fellas sure have flamboyant gestures for being so tough. ;)
    I can’t thank you enough for sharing these and the cartoon history you provide.

  • Dave

    It was my first time seeing these too – thanks for posting!

  • top cat james

    Interesting to see a Disney production from the late ’60’s where the cels appear to be inked, rather than have that sketchy Xerox line that was so prevalent during the period.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    As someone mentioned, this was the first of several films in this series. I assume there was ones for “Mental” and “Physical” as well. I may have one of these in my private film collection at the moment. I kinda like that moment in “Social Side of Health” with the guys in the car popping pills (that was some cool bit of casual animation)!

    “The Fight” is something I faintly remember being played sometime in the early 90’s on The Disney Channel during one of their usual programs, thinking how odd and different it was (and why hadn’t I seen it in school yet?). Nice to see it again, but these are the kind of films I hate to see as I know the teacher’s just going to get on your case about it afterwards. I could never have an answer, I’d just go insane at the thought!

    If there was one or two films wish got released again for the world to see, I’d say the two Goofy “Freewayphobia” shorts!

    Freewayphobia (1965):

    Goofy’s Freeway Troubles (a.k.a. “Freewayphobia #2” 1965):

  • Rose

    I really enjoyed both of these.

    …and I didn’t recall either.

    A tad bit racist, chauvinistic, yes.

    …but one can’t judge one era by the persectives of the current.

    I thought the limited budget was used to the fullest and the overall product was very entertaining.

    Thanks for posting these!