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How Motor Cars and Other Living Things Can Find Happiness in the Dallas Freeway System
Donor: Dallas Municipal Archives
Sound | 1970
Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image
See the entire film by clicking on the Texas Flag logo to the left of the sound function.
Commissioned by the City of Dallas, this educational film provides instructional freeway and motor travel etiquette for Dallas drivers. Mel Blanc, best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny, narrates and provides sounds effects for Candide, a Model A Ford navigating its way through an obstacle course of Dallas traffic replete with pink unicorns, trash trucks, rogue drivers, and tailgating bandwagons. Written and produced by Dallas' Bill Stokes Associates for $36,400, the film premiered at a Dallas City Council meeting on September 28 , 1970 and was distributed to schools, civic organizations and businesses in hopes of reducing accidents on the Dallas Freeway System.
A songwriting competition among friends—with talent! Jim Cleveland and son John Cleveland of Mount Vernon, along with good friend Jeff Prince of Fort Worth decided the Bankhead Highway needed to be honored in song. The three talented musicians, singers, and songwriters approached the task as a friendly competition, selecting Jeff Prince’s arrangement as the winner. "Road Trip" will have all Bankhead travelers singing to the same tune!
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