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This highly entertaining animated film begins as a young girl settles down into bed to sleep after coming home from a party. One of her feet protrudes from under the bed cover and the toes come alive and discuss how painful they are after being cramped into ill-fitting shoes all day. The toes show in a series of flash-backs how they have been maltreated, and a dream shows how they would like to be treated - feet measured, shoes fitted and lots of time spent out of shoes and stockings. 2 segments.


UK : British Life Assurance Trust for Health Education, British Medical Association, 1970.

Physical description

1 encoded moving image (6 min.) : sound, color



Copyright note

British Medical Association

Terms of use

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales

Language note

In English.

Creator/production credits

Produced by Halas and Batchelor Animation Ltd. Directed by Joy Batchelor, animated by Harold Whitaker, music & lyrics by Aunties.


Segment 1 The credits are shown with a specially written pop song about "The Five" being played over the top. A house is seen at night from the outside and a young girl is heard coming home and going up to bed, saying as she takes her shoes off, "My feet!". Her bed is shown and her foot pokes out from under the blanket and the toes come to life, stretch and begin complaining about the way they have been treated by their owner. A flashback to that morning shows the girl buying a new pair of shoes without having her feet measured and thus ending up with a pair that are too tight. In the evening she goes to a party, which is signified by psychedelic patterns moving around in time with the pop music. The toes are seen bouncing up and down in pain and reacting when they are stepped on by someone else. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:03:53:19 Length: 00:03:53:19
Segment 2 After discussing the terrible time they had at the party, the little toe falls asleep, and they all doze off, dreaming of how they would like to be treated. The foot is seen being measured for length and width and a properly fitted shoe being worn. The toes also mention that they would like to go barefoot around the house, before all falling asleep again. Time start: 00:03:53:19 Time end: 00:06:18:01 Length:00:02:24:11



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