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* ''WesternAnimation/SwoonerCrooner'' has Porky Pig managing the "Flockheed Eggcraft Factory", namely a chicken ranch. Hens with badges that say "war worker" march into the ranch ever day and lay eggs for the American war effort, in assembly line manner.
25th Feb '18 9:00:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''Take Heed, Mr. Tojo'': An outsourced short for Warner Bros. Seaman Hook series, directed by ShamusCulhane.

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* ''Take Heed, Mr. Tojo'': An outsourced short for Warner Bros. Seaman Hook series, directed by ShamusCulhane.Creator/ShamusCulhane.
12th Feb '18 4:54:25 PM nombretomado
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** Subverted, because some of the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck soldier cartoons were not direct propaganda and had a "Beetle Bailey" sense of humor to them. These cartoons tended to show {{Pete}} as Donald's [[DrillSergeantNasty commanding officer]].

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** Subverted, because some of the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck soldier cartoons were not direct propaganda and had a "Beetle Bailey" sense of humor to them. These cartoons tended to show {{Pete}} {{WesternAnimation/Pete}} as Donald's [[DrillSergeantNasty commanding officer]].
13th Dec '17 10:50:58 AM TonyG
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* Education for death's counterpart is ''VictoryThroughAirpower'', an animated short explaining the vital importance of air superiority in modern war which opens with a montage of aviation history and finishes with a rather prescient and chilling prediction of the saturation bombing of Axis cities to come. It was remarkably prescient about other things too, predicting a "combat plane" that proved to be only slightly over-the-top compared to the B-29 and a rocket powered bunker-buster that the RAF later [[{{Defictionalized}} defictionalized]] as the "Disney Bomb".

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* Education for death's counterpart is ''VictoryThroughAirpower'', an animated short feature explaining the vital importance of air superiority in modern war which opens with a montage of aviation history and finishes with a rather prescient and chilling prediction of the saturation bombing of Axis cities to come. It was remarkably prescient about other things too, predicting a "combat plane" that proved to be only slightly over-the-top compared to the B-29 and a rocket powered bunker-buster that the RAF later [[{{Defictionalized}} defictionalized]] as the "Disney Bomb".
13th Dec '17 9:41:27 AM jamespolk
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* Though (allegedly) not cartoons, several ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts had wartime themes, the most cringe-worthy of which (''The Yolk's on Me'') used actual Japanese-American internees bused from a "relocation center" (aka internment camp) to play the "bad guys". Though rarely seen today, it was still in the TV rotation as late as the early 1970s.



* The UrExample dates back to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, with "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CPbmCYxPmA The Sinking Of The Lusitania]]" by Creator/WinsorMcCay in 1918. [=McCay=] personally drew over 25,000 frames of realistic animation by hand to create a nine-minute documentary of the ship's sinking, explicitly making the propaganda point that it was an act of war aggression by the Germans. It is also regarded as the first film to treat animation as a serious, dramatic art form.

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* The UrExample dates back to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, with "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CPbmCYxPmA The Sinking Of The Lusitania]]" "WesternAnimation/TheSinkingOfTheLusitania" by Creator/WinsorMcCay in 1918. [=McCay=] personally drew over 25,000 frames of realistic animation by hand to create a nine-minute documentary of the ship's sinking, explicitly making the propaganda point that it was an act of war aggression by the Germans. It is also regarded as the first film to treat animation as a serious, dramatic art form.
6th Nov '17 7:29:58 AM cynicalcylon
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* A [[NightmareFuel particularly disturbing]] example is 1943's ''Disney/EducationForDeath''. It follows the life of a German boy called Hans from birth (where his parents prove to a judge they're of Aryan pedigree), through being told distorted fairy tales glorifying Hitler as a toddler, being taught to hate a bunny being eaten by a fox (since "the strong shall rule the weak"), participating in BookBurning, and after the next few years spent "marching and heiling, heiling and marching" he, now in his teens, has become a "good Nazi" who says, thinks, and does only what he's told to. In the end, he and others march off to war, their figures fading into rows of graves. It's up to the audience if the dramatic depiction, or the fact that RealLife Nazism operated similarly, is more ''chilling''. All things considered, it did show that not all Germans accepted National Socialism of free will, but rather were forced and indoctrinated into it from a young age. It further portrays Hans' mother to be deeply afraid of it all.

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* A [[NightmareFuel particularly disturbing]] brutally realistic]] example is 1943's ''Disney/EducationForDeath''. It follows the life of a German boy called Hans from birth (where his parents prove to a judge they're of Aryan pedigree), through being told distorted fairy tales glorifying Hitler as a toddler, being taught to hate a bunny being eaten by a fox (since "the strong shall rule the weak"), participating in BookBurning, and after the next few years spent "marching and heiling, heiling and marching" he, now in his teens, has become a "good Nazi" who says, thinks, and does only what he's told to. In the end, he and others march off to war, their figures fading into rows of graves. It's up to the audience if the dramatic depiction, or the fact that RealLife Nazism operated similarly, is more ''chilling''. All things considered, it did show that not all Germans accepted National Socialism of free will, but rather were forced and indoctrinated into it from a young age. It further portrays Hans' mother to be deeply afraid of it all.
5th Nov '17 7:07:15 PM Jeduthun
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Typical trademarks of these cartoons that are usually spoofed: propaganda elements, racist caricatures, outdated references to the war effort (i.e., {{Shout Out}}s to save scrap iron, conserve gasoline, buy war bonds, or grow a Victory Garden). UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, and/or Emperor Hirohito often make a cameo and are ridiculed.

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Typical trademarks of these cartoons that are usually spoofed: propaganda elements, racist caricatures, outdated references to the war effort (i.e., {{Shout Out}}s to save scrap iron, conserve gasoline, buy war bonds, or grow a Victory Garden). UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, and/or Emperor Hirohito often make a cameo and [[AdolfHitlarious are ridiculed.
ridiculed]].
27th Oct '17 1:47:29 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In 1942's ''WesternAnimation/ATaleOfTwoKitties'' a pair of cats try to get at Tweety (this being his very first short, he isn't named yet) in his nest. In their final attempt, one puts on a crude pair of wooden wings and tries to fly up to the nest. Tweety puts on an "Air Raid Warden" helmet and calls in a sighting of an "unidentified object". Spotlights immediately light up the sky and anti-aircraft guns shoot the cat down. One of the cats is also briefly seen tending to a Victory Garden, while the other has a blink-and-miss-it gag where he's wearing a British-style army helmet and smoking a cigar, an obvious ShoutOut to Winston Churchill.

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* In 1942's ''WesternAnimation/ATaleOfTwoKitties'' a pair of cats try to get at Tweety (this being his very first short, he isn't named yet) in his nest. In their final attempt, one puts on a crude pair of wooden wings and tries to fly up to the nest. Tweety puts on an "Air Raid Warden" helmet and calls in a sighting of an "unidentified object". Spotlights immediately light up the sky and anti-aircraft guns shoot the cat down. One of the cats is also briefly seen tending to a Victory Garden, while the other has a blink-and-miss-it gag where he's wearing a British-style army helmet and smoking a cigar, an obvious ShoutOut to Winston Churchill.UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill.
12th Oct '17 5:10:21 AM jormis29
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* In "An Itch In Time" features a tiny flea pestering Elmer Fudd's pet dog. Released at the height of the war in 1943, it is predictably rife with food rationing jokes. The flea carries a tiny set of ration stamps, and diligently tears them off before biting, and at the end of the cartoon, he carries both Elmer and the dog away on a plate marked "Blue Plate Special, no points" while singing "No more meatless Tuesdays for me!" Said flea also takes refuge in a "[[IncrediblyLamePun Hair Raid]] Shelter"
* The 1943 Bugs Bunny cartoon ''Falling Hare'', in which Bugs battles a gremlin which is seeking to sabotage the war effort, culminating in an imminent plane crash which halts inches above the ground because the plane due to having a low-priority gas ration sticker has run out of fuel.

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* In "An Itch In Time" "WesternAnimation/AnItchInTime" features a tiny flea pestering Elmer Fudd's pet dog. Released at the height of the war in 1943, it is predictably rife with food rationing jokes. The flea carries a tiny set of ration stamps, and diligently tears them off before biting, and at the end of the cartoon, he carries both Elmer and the dog away on a plate marked "Blue Plate Special, no points" while singing "No more meatless Tuesdays for me!" Said flea also takes refuge in a "[[IncrediblyLamePun Hair Raid]] Shelter"
* The 1943 Bugs Bunny cartoon ''Falling Hare'', ''WesternAnimation/FallingHare'', in which Bugs battles a gremlin which is seeking to sabotage the war effort, culminating in an imminent plane crash which halts inches above the ground because the plane due to having a low-priority gas ration sticker has run out of fuel.



* In 1942's ''A Tale of Two Kitties'' a pair of cats try to get at Tweety (this being his very first short, he isn't named yet) in his nest. In their final attempt, one puts on a crude pair of wooden wings and tries to fly up to the nest. Tweety puts on an "Air Raid Warden" helmet and calls in a sighting of an "unidentified object". Spotlights immediately light up the sky and anti-aircraft guns shoot the cat down. One of the cats is also briefly seen tending to a Victory Garden, while the other has a blink-and-miss-it gag where he's wearing a British-style army helmet and smoking a cigar, an obvious ShoutOut to Winston Churchill.

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* In 1942's ''A Tale of Two Kitties'' ''WesternAnimation/ATaleOfTwoKitties'' a pair of cats try to get at Tweety (this being his very first short, he isn't named yet) in his nest. In their final attempt, one puts on a crude pair of wooden wings and tries to fly up to the nest. Tweety puts on an "Air Raid Warden" helmet and calls in a sighting of an "unidentified object". Spotlights immediately light up the sky and anti-aircraft guns shoot the cat down. One of the cats is also briefly seen tending to a Victory Garden, while the other has a blink-and-miss-it gag where he's wearing a British-style army helmet and smoking a cigar, an obvious ShoutOut to Winston Churchill.



** Another instance of this happened in "Nasty Quacks," when Daffy packs up and leaves a man's house, then comes back to tell him that the government doesn't want anyone to do any non-essential traveling -- the war had ended by the time the short was released, but rationing of some items and commodities was still in effect until the economy could switch over from a wartime footing to a peacetime footing again.
* Similarly, in ''Wagon Heels'', the wagon train Porky Pig is scouting for passes a billboard that asks "Is this trip REALLY necessary?"
* The Bugs Bunny cartoon ''Super-Rabbit'' (a parody of the Fleischer ''{{Superman}}'' cartoons) ends with Bugs going into a phonebooth and changing into "a '''real''' superman" a Marine. He then promptly marches off to war. The actual [[SemperFi United States Marines]] were so flattered by this that they actually made Bugs a Marine. He was eventually promoted to Master Sergeant.

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** Another instance of this happened in "Nasty Quacks," "WesternAnimation/NastyQuacks," when Daffy packs up and leaves a man's house, then comes back to tell him that the government doesn't want anyone to do any non-essential traveling -- the war had ended by the time the short was released, but rationing of some items and commodities was still in effect until the economy could switch over from a wartime footing to a peacetime footing again.
* Similarly, in ''Wagon Heels'', ''WesternAnimation/WagonHeels'', the wagon train Porky Pig is scouting for passes a billboard that asks "Is this trip REALLY necessary?"
* The Bugs Bunny cartoon ''Super-Rabbit'' ''WesternAnimation/SuperRabbit'' (a parody of the Fleischer ''{{Superman}}'' cartoons) ends with Bugs going into a phonebooth and changing into "a '''real''' superman" a Marine. He then promptly marches off to war. The actual [[SemperFi United States Marines]] were so flattered by this that they actually made Bugs a Marine. He was eventually promoted to Master Sergeant.



* ''Scrap Happy Daffy'' had him protecting a huge scrap metal heap from the Germans, who attacked with a submarine firing a torpedo with a Nazi goat inside it. And then Daffy is inspired by patriotic visions ("Americans don't give up!") to become a "Super American" (duck) and thrash the Nazi saboteurs.

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* ''Scrap Happy Daffy'' ''WesternAnimation/ScrapHappyDaffy'' had him protecting a huge scrap metal heap from the Germans, who attacked with a submarine firing a torpedo with a Nazi goat inside it. And then Daffy is inspired by patriotic visions ("Americans don't give up!") to become a "Super American" (duck) and thrash the Nazi saboteurs.



* One Merrie Melodies cartoon, "Foney Fables", poked fun at rationing with a parody of "Old Mother Hubbard" she goes to fetch her poor dog a bone and opens one door of her cupboard to show that nothing's in it...but the dog opens the other door to reveal a huge cache of food, then turns her in for hoarding. Another gag has a goose that usually lays golden eggs contributing to a scrap metal pile by laying aluminum ones instead. Yet another parodies "The Grasshopper and The Ant" with the ant chiding the grasshopper's laziness until the grasshopper reveals he's done his part as well by buying War Bonds.

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* One Merrie Melodies cartoon, "Foney Fables", "WesternAnimation/FoneyFables", poked fun at rationing with a parody of "Old Mother Hubbard" she goes to fetch her poor dog a bone and opens one door of her cupboard to show that nothing's in it...but the dog opens the other door to reveal a huge cache of food, then turns her in for hoarding. Another gag has a goose that usually lays golden eggs contributing to a scrap metal pile by laying aluminum ones instead. Yet another parodies "The Grasshopper and The Ant" with the ant chiding the grasshopper's laziness until the grasshopper reveals he's done his part as well by buying War Bonds.



* Creator/FrizFreleng's ''Fifth Column Mouse'' (1943) was an allegorical tale of the start of World War II. A cat (Hitler) convinces one of the mice (Neville Chamberlain) that he will not eat them if they treat him as their master. After the cat turns on them, they build a robot dog which chases him out of the house to the tune of "We Did it Before".
* Creator/FrankTashlin's ''Brother Brat'', centered around Porky Pig babysitting a surly, violent infant while his mother is at work in a defense plant and opens with a stirring vignette saluting women working such roles. Tashlin's cinematic style is shown to great effect. Has aired on television a few times (mostly on the Ted Turner-owned networks like TBS and Creator/CartoonNetwork), with the ending of baby Percy imitating UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill removed (probably because the censors balked at the image of a baby holding a cigar, yet the mother asking Porky, "You want those Nazis and Japs bombed off the Earth, don't ya?!" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar was not edited at all]]).

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* Creator/FrizFreleng's ''Fifth Column Mouse'' ''WesternAnimation/FifthColumnMouse'' (1943) was an allegorical tale of the start of World War II. A cat (Hitler) convinces one of the mice (Neville Chamberlain) that he will not eat them if they treat him as their master. After the cat turns on them, they build a robot dog which chases him out of the house to the tune of "We Did it Before".
* Creator/FrankTashlin's ''Brother Brat'', ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBrat'', centered around Porky Pig babysitting a surly, violent infant while his mother is at work in a defense plant and opens with a stirring vignette saluting women working such roles. Tashlin's cinematic style is shown to great effect. Has aired on television a few times (mostly on the Ted Turner-owned networks like TBS and Creator/CartoonNetwork), with the ending of baby Percy imitating UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill removed (probably because the censors balked at the image of a baby holding a cigar, yet the mother asking Porky, "You want those Nazis and Japs bombed off the Earth, don't ya?!" [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar was not edited at all]]).



* Interestingly, the only cartoon that actually featured Bugs Bunny directly in the Army didn't debut until after WWII 1952's ''Forward March Hare'' wherein Bugs mistakenly gets a conscription letter meant for his neighbor.
* Similarly, in ''One Meat Brawl'', a groundhog emerges from his hole on Groundhog Day and is immediately fired on by a pack of hunters. Retreating to safety, he blames it on "meat shortages". The cartoon debuted post-WWII (1947), but rationing was sill fresh enough in the public mind to be played as a gag.

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* Interestingly, the only cartoon that actually featured Bugs Bunny directly in the Army didn't debut until after WWII 1952's ''Forward March Hare'' ''WesternAnimation/ForwardMarchHare'' wherein Bugs mistakenly gets a conscription letter meant for his neighbor.
* Similarly, in ''One Meat Brawl'', ''WesternAnimation/OneMeatBrawl'', a groundhog emerges from his hole on Groundhog Day and is immediately fired on by a pack of hunters. Retreating to safety, he blames it on "meat shortages". The cartoon debuted post-WWII (1947), but rationing was sill fresh enough in the public mind to be played as a gag.



* In ''Hare Conditioned'', Bugs is being chased though a department store by the manager, and at one point, disguises himself as the elevator operator. As they are going up in the elevator, Bugs calls out the next floor as having items such as "Rubber tires, nylon hose, sugar, bourbon, butter...and other picture postcards." FridgeBrilliance is that these were items rationed during the war and weren't available to the public in any meaningful quantity, the rest of the cartoon didn't even reference the war.
* 1942's ''Daffy Duckaroo'' has a group of indians attack a traveling Daffy, and steal the ''tires'' off his trailer. They then angrily give them back because they're the wrong size. In another scene, he's shown pointing a gun at his pursuer and making "pop" noises, explaining "We don't use any ammunition folks, we save it all for the army!"
* ''Ding Dog Daddy'', also from 1942, features a lonely dog who falls in love with a metal statue of a female dog that he affectionately calls "Daisy". At the end, he's left heartbroken when the scrap men haul "her" off to be melted down for the war effort.

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* In ''Hare Conditioned'', ''WesternAnimation/HareConditioned'', Bugs is being chased though a department store by the manager, and at one point, disguises himself as the elevator operator. As they are going up in the elevator, Bugs calls out the next floor as having items such as "Rubber tires, nylon hose, sugar, bourbon, butter...and other picture postcards." FridgeBrilliance is that these were items rationed during the war and weren't available to the public in any meaningful quantity, the rest of the cartoon didn't even reference the war.
* 1942's ''Daffy Duckaroo'' ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuckaroo'' has a group of indians attack a traveling Daffy, and steal the ''tires'' off his trailer. They then angrily give them back because they're the wrong size. In another scene, he's shown pointing a gun at his pursuer and making "pop" noises, explaining "We don't use any ammunition folks, we save it all for the army!"
* ''Ding Dog Daddy'', ''WesternAnimation/DingDogDaddy'', also from 1942, features a lonely dog who falls in love with a metal statue of a female dog that he affectionately calls "Daisy". At the end, he's left heartbroken when the scrap men haul "her" off to be melted down for the war effort.
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* ''Ding Dog Daddy'', also from 1942, features a lonely dog who falls in love with a metal statue of a female dog that he affectionately calls "Daisy". At the end, he's left heartbroken when the scrap men haul "her" off to be melted down for the war effort.
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