Name That Trauma:: Giacomo on a Force Feeding Cartoon

I was wondering if you are familiar with an educational cartoon that I saw during my gradeschool years (70s to 80s) that was about nutrition and hygiene that had an inflation scene in it. The film followed a number of characters with diet and hygiene issues and showed the pitfalls of each to the extreme.

The only one I remember vividly was a boy who was overweight and was always eating candy. He was sluggish and couldn’t keep up with his peers while running in PE and he had candy bars sticking out of his pockets. He gets invited by some sort of mad scientist to go to his candy factory for “just a taste”. Though he says he really shouldn’t, he agrees that “just a taste” would be ok.

Instantly, he is strapped to a chair and whisked away into the candy factory. A feeding tube is attached to his face which squirts pellet candies into his mouth and two robot hands grasp his jaws forcing him to chew. Humiliating music is played as the chair moves rapidly along a conveyer belt from station to station, where he is force-fed various sweets. His belly grows and grows, sticking out from under his shirt, to enormous proportions. I seem to recall seeing little robot hands squeezing his belly, sort of plumping up his fat almost as if they were tickling him.

Seeing this as a young child of probably 7 or 8 years old, this scene kinda traumatized me. It was more traumatic for me than the Violet scene in Willy Wonka because it actively showed force feeding whereas with Violet, the inflation seemed accidental rather than intentional.

My questions are: Have you seen this film? Do you know the title? Do you know where I can find it, ie: youtube, etc…?

I would be greatly appreciative of any responses.



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Ben S
Ben S
3 years ago

I am traumatized by reading about this.

Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher
3 years ago

I wonder if this is the source material for Homer being strapped into a chair and being force fed donuts, in TreeHouse Of Horror IV. Imdb doesn’t list source material as a reference, so they might be stumped, too.

3 years ago

Groening was inspired by Pigs is Pigs. I wonder if Se7en was inspired by Pigs is Pigs idea of the Seven Deadly Sins. lol

Pigs Is Pigs is a 1937 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.

Rooted in the concept of morality, each of her seven children embodied one of the seven-deadly-sins; Piggy, of course, represented gluttony and was a clean freak. Leon Schlesinger didn’t like this idea and Mrs. Hamhock’s children would never appear again after this film.

In The Simpsons fourth Halloween episode (“Treehouse of Horror IV” from the fifth season) segment “The Devil and Homer Simpson”, Homer Simpson spends a day in Hell. In the “Ironic Punishment Department,” a demon has Homer strapped in the Feed-A-Matic chair (recreated in exact detail) forcing him to eat “all the doughnuts in the world!” The punishment fails, however, when Homer does eat all the doughnuts in the world, and still asks for more. The demon says “I don’t understand it. James Coco went mad in fifteen minutes!” According to the season five DVD set audio commentaries, series creator Matt Groening has cited the force-feeding torture scene in Pigs Is Pigs as his favorite scene in all of animation.