A snake oil salesman tries to sell the American people happiness in exchange for their freedom while one man stands up against him. Sound familiar?
Make Mine Freedom is a 1948 American animated anti-communist propaganda cartoon created by John Sutherland Productions for the Extension Department of Harding College. Financed with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the cartoon was the first in a series of pro-free enterprise films produced by Sutherland for Harding. The cartoon depicts a satire of perceived life under collectivist ideology.
The Millionaire by Vitold Bordzilovsky is one of the examples of the new approach of the early 1960s. This cell animated film is executed in the sharp contrast with the Disney-like Soviet animation of the 1940-1950s. While the Stalinist aesthetics was replaced with more Western-like, Soviet art continued to be highly ideological.
John Branch is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Houston, Texas. A North Carolina native, he was the editorial cartoonist for the San Antonio Express-News from 1981 until 2015.
Currently drawing for the Rivard Report, John’s work is distributed nationally by King Features/North America Syndicate and has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Dallas Morning News, Newsweek and many other publications. He is a member and former officer of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and hosted the 2008 AAEC annual convention.
John graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1976. He worked at The Daily Tar Heel and Chapel Hill Newspaper before moving to Texas.