I remember watching what I think was a Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies cartoon, which I think was made in the fifties. It was about a country mouse who visits his cousin in the city, and the city cousin takes him to a professor type mouse who explains to the country mouse about manufacturing, production and profits in a shoe factory. The professor mouse tells the country mouse that it is better to have a lot of a little profit, as opposed to a little bit of high profits. I think that this was the scenario, I could be wrong as to the character type. It also could have been elves, as opposed to mice.
(This post was edited by eminovitz on Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM)
You're thinking of two Warner Bros. cartoons -- both among three financed by the Sloan Foundation, highlighting the role that economics plays in today's society.
By Word Of Mouse (1954): Hans, a German mouse from Knockwurst on der Rye, arrives in America to visit his cousin Willie. Hans wants to know all about the free-market capitalist system. Willie takes Hans to see a lecturer (another mouse) at Putnell University (Old P.U.), who talks at length about the capitalist system, while Sylvester chases all three rodents around the lecture halls.
Yankee Dood It(1956): Elmer Fudd is the king of industrial elves. He visits an outmoded shoemaker's shop to extol the virtues of mass-production capitalism to the shoemaker, whose pet cat (Sylvester) uses a magic word, "Jehosaphat," to turn Fudd's elf helper into a mouse.
"Oh boy." -- Allan Sherman
(This post was edited by eminovitz on Apr 3, 2012, 2:54 PM)