So Much for So Little

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So Much for So Little
Directed byChuck Jones
Produced byEdward Selzer
Written byFriz Freleng
Chuck Jones (both uncredited)
Narrated byFrank Graham (uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Distributed byWarner Bros. Cartoons
Release date
  • January 1, 1949 (1949-01-01)
Running time
10 minutes
CountryUnited States

So Much for So Little is a 1949 American short documentary film directed by Chuck Jones. In 1950, it won an Oscar at the 22nd Academy Awards for Documentary Short Subject, tying with A Chance to Live.[1][2][dead link] As a work of the United States Government, the film is in the public domain; the Academy Film Archive preserved So Much for So Little in 2005.[3] Produced during the Harry S. Truman administration, it attained renewed relevance during the Donald Trump administration nearly seven decades later.[4]


The cartoon begins by stating that, annually, 118,481 babies - out of well over 2 million born - will die before reaching their first birthday. From there, we are shown John E. Jones, a baby who, unless good oversight of the environment is maintained and John himself is provided consistently good healthcare, may potentially add to this statistic.

Most of John's life is depicted: his school years, marriage, later life (as a father), and his golden years. Along the way, health service information is detailed. Before the film ends, it returns to John as a baby, reminding the audience about the importance of proper, ongoing care availability to ensure he enjoys a robust, full life.

The viewers are informed that it costs each American just three cents a week to safeguard John's, and all babies', well being.

Home media[edit]

This documentary short appeared as bonus features in Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 and Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1, it was remastered in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 22nd Academy Awards (1950) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "New York Times: So Much for So Little". NY Times. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
  4. ^ "This 70-year-old cartoon made a hell of an argument for single-payer healthcare". BoingBoing. April 3, 2017.

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