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How Motor Cars and Other Living Things Can Find Happiness in the Dallas Freeway System

Dallas Municipal Archives

Sound | 1970

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  •  Nightmare on the Dallas Freeway  
  •  Candide has a run in with the Road Rogues. 
  •  Stay aware while driving on the freeway.  
  •  Candide tailgates another vehicle.  
  •  Candide encounters his most difficult challenge yet.  
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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.

Formed in 1965, Bill Stokes Associates – later to be known as The Stokes Group - was a Dallas based production company that made industry and promotional films for a range of clients spanning from Mary Kay Cosmetics to the United States Navy. In 1966, Bill Stokes Associates, provided sound stage and production services for the film "Bonnie and Clyde." Bill Stokes has been honored by the Dallas Producers Association with a Film Pioneer Award.