Post by StevePulaski on Feb 7, 2014 7:31:55 GMT -5
Motor Mania (1950) Directed by: Jack Kinney
Goofy plays a raging driver in Disney's Motor Mania.
Disney's short Motor Mania concerns Goofy as Mr. Walker, a calm, competent pedestrian who is just your average Joe as he walks down the street every day. But when Mr. Walker gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he turns into "Mr. Wheeler," a venomous, hateful man, consumed by road rage. Nobody every drives fast enough for Mr. Wheeler, it seems, and it doesn't help his big mouth and reckless driving get him into more accidents than the average person. What happens to Mr. Walker when he gets behind the wheel and how come he can't simply drive without being filled to the brim with malice and hatefulness?
Unfortunately, what I will now call "The Walker/Wheeler Complex," some people can be the nicest, most warm-hearted people when they're simply walking down the street but as soon as they get in a car, they become consumed by rage and morose feelings that they lash out at other drivers. It's a sad, true reality Jack Kinney's Motor Mania illustrates very well, with quick-moving action scenes and moments that inspire laughs as well as winces because of true and relevant they actually are. Despite being part of a whole other world, Disney, with their variety of short films offering social commentary on a number of issues, prove once more they were and still are very much in the loop.