The Battle of “Reason and Emotion”

22 Oct

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s Disney produced a series of “educational” films for young Americans.  There were the surprising titles like “The Story of Menstruation” and “VD Attack Plan” films about a girl getting her period and a story of young people catching venereal diseases.  There were the surreal titles such as “Donald in Mathemagic Land” that found the famous duck confronted with the odd world of math. And of course, since it was Disney, there were also the films that focused on breaking bad habits such as “No Smoking” that featured Goofy facing a tough nicotine jones.

But the one we remember and still find amusing was the eternal battle of “Reason and Emotion.”  Created during the height of World War II it uses the lessons of the day to show why listening to reason defeated Hitler who preyed upon emotion.

In this funny little short, Disney highlights our attempts to overcome our emotional nature so we listen to the higher aims of reason.  For some of us… an occasional reminder of this ongoing battle is necessary.

So if you’re like us and need a funny reminder of why you can’t do whatever the hell you want…  Enjoy!!


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