Director Gene Deitch
|Release date September 1960|
Munro is a 1960 animated short film. It was directed by Gene Deitch, written by Jules Feiffer, and produced by William L. Snyder. Munro won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1961. It was the first short composed outside of the United States to be so honored. The film was selected for preservation by the Academy Film Archive.
The title character is a rebellious little boy who is accidentally drafted into the United States Army. No matter which adult he tells "Im only four", they all fail to notice his age.
Screenwriter Feiffer, who adapted his own story from his book Passionella and Other Stories, and provided the storyboards, said the tale was a reaction to his time serving in the U.S. Army:
"I came up with the story of Munro because I understood that if youre really in a rage and really want to attack someone in cartoon form, the least effective way is to jump up and down and scream and yell and to be polemical—something a lot of cartoonists have never learned. The best way is to go in the other direction and feign innocence, and bring the reader along in a quiet way. And so Munro tells this savage story but tells it entertainingly and sweetly and builds it up and gets the reader stressed, and as you read it, and particularly when you see the film, you feel your stomach knot up because of the obvious abuse and ignorance of authority. And people connected to their own situations with authority in or out of the Army when no one listens, no one believes you. They know, you dont, and they may even start to convince you, as they do Munro, that theyre right and youre wrong."
A four-year-old boy is drafted into the army.
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