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Title Work

Title No: 19696

Title: Why we have elections: the kings of Snark

Medium: Moving Image

Original Medium: Film


1973 (Release)

1972 (Copyright)

Original Summary:
"This colorful animated film whimsically speculates about how the concept of elections might have evolved. After "Bad King Boris" died without heirs, the people of Snark try different ways of choosing a new king, until they think up the idea of elections. Boris had been disliked because he had made laws that suited his own needs and not those of the people. He imposed heavy taxes and a rule banning cats; unluckily, he himself died trying to kill a kitten. The people first try being kings at the same time; no one, however, could both be a king and run his own business. Finally they hit upon the idea of elections. Each candidate presents his ideas on kingship. The people choose Timothy the Teacher to be king, because he seems to want to do what most of the people want. They decide he can be replaced if he doesn't work out. Now the people have one king, but they are still the ones in charge." - Summary from the Teaching Guide.

Part of the "Basic Concepts in Social Studies" series.

Countries of Origin: U.S.A.

Duration: 10 min 

Genres: Educational

Subjects: Elections

ProducerBosustow, Nick
Animator/Head of AnimationBrann, David
Distribution Company Learning Corporation of America
Production CompanyStephen Bosustow Productions
DirectorWeiss, Sam
NarratorWinchell, Paul
Author/Based onWinn, Marie
MusicWolff, Larry

Items x6

19696-1Safety Film : Viewing print 
19696-2Safety Film : Viewing print 
19696-3Safety Film : Viewing print 
19696-4Safety Film : Viewing print 
19696-5Safety Film : Viewing print 
19696-6Safety Film : Viewing print 

Contained By x1

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4819St. Louis Public Schools educational film library