How many directors does it take to put together a 13-minute film about bicycles?
Apparently, it takes seven! At least that’s the amount that received credit for 1978’s I Like Bikes But…. I guess some of them did the live action shots and some of them did the animation and maybe one of them was in the recording booth with the narrator but still, seven seems like a lot. But I guess it takes a lot of manpower to make people like cyclists.
Anyway, this film was meant to encourage people to not only ride bicycles but to also observe all of the safety rules that surround riding bikes in public. A bicycle named Ike is convinced that he can make you love overlook the slow-moving nuisance of the public cyclist if he just keep repeating, “I like bikes over and over again….” That may have worked for Eisenhower but he won a war so everyone already liked him. Whereas bicyclists are usually the people you dread getting stuck behind in traffic.
I have to admit that, after watching this short film, I found myself hating bikes even more than I did before. But I do appreciate Ike’s enthusiasm. He tried.