The chicken eat duck cut-throat world of capitalism
Inside Cackle Corners is one of a series of cold war era cartoons produced by John Sutherland and Harding College that were intended to introduce business concepts to students and to convince them of the superiority of the American way of life. The theme of this cartoon is the importance of research and development (although that phrase is never used.) The setting of the cartoon is the small town of Cackle Corners which is populated entirely of talking chickens and ducks. This foul utopia has nearly everything: cars, banks, televisions etc. But somehow they never got around to inventing toasting technology, which leads to the central conflict of the story. There are two shop owners who have stores across the street from each other: a duck named Pop Webfoot and a rooster named Mr. Redcomb. They are both rivals for the deep pockets of a Margaret Rutherford looking chicken named Mrs. Consumer. Pop nearly sells her some old fashioned toasting contraption when Mr. Redcomb sweeps her away with an electric toaster. Maddened by constantly losing out to Redcomb's technological advances, Webfoot sneaks into Redcomb's store to learn the secret of his success. I won't risk violating IMDB's spoiler policy by revealing what he finds, but most viewers will be way ahead of him. Overall, a perfectly average cartoon of no interest other than historical.
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