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Summary: Second World War British Ministry of Information animated cartoon road safety newsreel trailer encouraging children to stop and look before crossing the road.
Description: The film opens with an aggressive polar bear prowling the ice in the Arctic. An Eskimo child understands the danger and hides from the bear. In a jungle a large lion roars as it strides along and a small child keeps out if its way, with the accompanying commentary "the child of the jungle knows all about the lion and looks twice before venturing in the path of trouble". View of a city with the commentary "it is far too civilised for polar bears and lions" followed by an image of an oncoming car with its front grill animated as a large mouth bearing its teeth. A young boy skips along the pavement and, without looking, crosses the road in front of the oncoming car. The startled boy jumps back and clings to a roadside telegraph pole. The commentary changes to a song as the boy gets up and walks safely across the road "Stop before you cross the road, look right, then left, then go. Stop don't rush across the road, that is dangerous you know. Trying to beat the traffic is a foolish thing to do. On your way to school or play, you must remember what to do. Stop before you cross the road, look right, then left, then go".
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 134ft; Running time: 1 min 20 secs
Notes: A charming road safety film.
Release date 14 October 1943.
According to a note in the listing in Documentary News Letter no 2, 1944, page 18, the song (and commentary) are performed by Michael Carr.
Held on reel NPB 13304~13307, other items copyright ITN.
The animation board is visible at the bottom of the frame in many of the short sequences.