One Little Indian (1954)
Article 6055 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Grant Munro
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Animated puppet safety short.
An Indian boy magician arrives in the big city as part of a rodeo. Though he proves to be an adept magician, will he be able deal with dangerous traffic in the big city?
Though now the company is the province of making available old sex and porn footage, there was a time when Something Weird Video dealt with other films as well. One interesting thing that they did was to throw in extras at the end of their VHS releases; my copy of the Mexican LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD tape ended with a variety of kiddie movie trailers and this rather obscure Canadian safety short; there’s very little info about it on IMDB. The only reason this one qualifies is that the boy is a magician (the short opens with him performing his act); had his profession been something else, I wouldn’t be covering it. As it is, it’s a pretty ordinary affair; the animation is so-so at best and the messages are pretty obvious. Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to discover that you have a hidden obscurity on the edges of your collection that you might have never found if you had struck out to look for it on your own.
Thanks for posting this. I love oddities such as safety/public health films from the 50’s. I just watched it on YouTube-The puppets had elaborate costumes. It looks like it took a lot of work to design the puppets and do all the animation. The talking lollipop scene did me in! I enjoyed it, and it seems like it had nice color footage and was a pretty good piece of work for 1954.