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Film Details
Filmography Code: SH-5
Archive/Control Number: BFI-NFTVA/No cat. number
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: Inquire directly to archive
Type of Material: Motion picture (16mm)
Series: None
Film Date: 1950
Description: Sound (English?),Technicolor, 16 min. A prize-winning color cartoon made by the same husband and wife team that later turned Orwell's Animal Farm into a classic of animated storytelling. Somewhere in Europe two neighbors, a shoemaker and a hatter, argue about how best to recover their livelihoods after the war. The hatter believes in producing few hats. He wants to keep hats scarce and protect his high per-item profit with a tariff. The shoemaker sees the need for lots of shoes. He wants to lower their cost through mass production and make his profit through export and free trade. After many adventures, the shoemaker eventually proves the hatter wrong. In the end, free trade brings prosperity to them both. Since the free trade vs. protectionism argument is as fresh as today's headlines, this amusing film should prove a useful discussion-starter from upper elementary school to adult forums. At the time it was made, Shoemaker was shown in eleven language versions in movie houses throughout Western Europe. 1950. Direction and production by John Halas; scenario by Joy Batchelor; animation by Stan Pearsall, Bob Privett, and Wally Crook; editing by Jack King; music by Matyas Seiber; production consultant, Philip Stapp. Halas & Batchelor, London. Sponsored by ECA/OSR.
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