Thursday, November 27, 2014

Disney at War: Shorts from World War II

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"Der Fuehrer's Face" was a hit Disney animated movie, which became a hit song, which song advertised itself as being taken from the hit movie, which movie advertised itself as being taken from the hit song. Ain't advertising grand?




Here are some selections from Hollywood's animated shorts from World War II. Walt Disney used Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny (who only was "born" in July 1940).



In addition, there was Daffy Duck from Warner Brothers, and others all urging you to save that cooking fat to help the boys in the trenches.



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Der Fuhrer gets it on the Cranium

It's kind of uncanny how live action films from the period appear creaky, dated and old, while animated shorts may deal with period themes, but they appear fresh and practically new.

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The jokes are surprisingly sophisticated and assume an informed audience, with plenty of clever puns and subtle word-plays. Of course, there also are very broad stereotypes of the Germans and Japanese, but there was a war on, you know.

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"Der Fuehrer's Face," included in the selection below, won Best Animated Short for 1943.


And below is Disney's "The Thrifty Pig."


And, "Donald Duck, Sky Trooper" from 1943.


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This is the sheet music for the hit song "from the Walt Disney Motion Picture."
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2014

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