|Pearl of the Orient|
|"This island is the only place in the world where a doctor can specialize solely in ankle-related medicine." - Ronin Fox|
|Riffed by||Ronin Fox Trax|
|Date Released||December 7, 2008|
Pearl of the Orient is a 1955 informational short film produced by Jam Handy Productions. The title of the short refers to a common nickname given to the Philipine Islands, and though it begins with depictions of Filipino culture the main focus is on the process of Coca-Cola bottling and associated industries that take place within the Philipines.
Ronin Fox Trax released their riff of the short as a VOD on December 7, 2008. Though it shares the same title, it is not to be confused with the Pearl of the Orient short riffed by RiffTrax, as they are separate films.
Synopsis and PreviewEdit
[Spoilers Begin]The film begins by establishing that the Philipines are a place that exists, and showing several minutes of stock footage depicting Filipino culture.
Once the setting is established, the audience is introduced to the wonders of Coca-Cola. The film explores the impact that Coca-Cola has had on the islands, and shows a step by step process of the creation of the refreshing beverage of highest quality. These scenes include depictions of sugar cane harvesting and processing, glass making, and the bottling process.
The film serves as a propaganda piece, depicting the presence of Coca-Cola production as a boon to an entire country, and Coca-Cola itself as a wholesome and nutritious drink that is welcomed in any setting, including at work or play.