I stumbled across this 1971 animation Freedom River on the Open Culture blog’s list of animated films you can watch online. I think I was drawn to the fact that Orson Welles narrated the short. But then I really appreciated the sad but still true cliche’s of pride, arrogance, and resistance to change that can seem to still dominate American culture. I made this set of GIFs to complement the Tumblr post of them, as here on the blog I could associate the quotes from the narration to each GIF which is pretty cool.
Dan Coleman wrote a short post about the film and mentioned the script writer’s long standing effort to get Welles to work with him, and finally it happened.
The director of the film Sam Weiss went on to work on the 1969 Hot Wheels animated series, as well as one of my all time favorites the 1980s GI Joe animated series. He had a 47 year career and taught animation at USC and UCLA. How awesome would it have been to take a class with him back in the day?