367. Munro – Gene Deitch

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SUMMARY: A rebellious four year old boy is accidentally drafted into the US Army but no-one seems to notice.

WHY IT’S HERE: Gene Dietch’s ‘Munro’ became the first animated short made outside of America to win the Oscar. The witty tale of a four year old boy who is accidentally drafted into the army, Dietch’s simple but incisive style perfectly complements Jules Ffeifer’s script, which he described as depicting ‘the obvious abuse and ignorance of authority’ in a quiet way that brought audiences along with it, rather than ramming the message down their throat. ‘Munro’ is a brilliantly subversive little short.

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