10 MAY 1935, Page 3

Films for Children The films have become a constant influence

in the lives of an ever-increasing number of, children in Britain, America and many other countries. This is the starting- point in a report which Mr. S. W. Harris, of the British Home Office, has made to the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations. On the whole it is suggested that the influence is more good than bad, though some of the effects are definitely harmful, and at the best existing facilities cannot be regarded as satisfactory. The report advocates the production of special films for children of a recreational rather than a purely instructive character. Mickey Mouse and the Silly Symphonies, so far as they go, may be said. to have solved the problem, both for children and for "families." But Mr. Disney's incomparable productions claim to be no more than admirable enter- tainment. What is wanted for children is the film with both attraction and some mental value.