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* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Only a few years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandon their barely-new studio there and start over in Paris and later ''again'' in Holland. He obviously wasn't too thrilled when the Nazis started occupying ''that'' country as well, and he, his family and his studio gradually uprooted to California over the next few years.

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* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Only a few years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandon their barely-new studio there and start over in Paris and later ''again'' in Holland. He obviously wasn't too thrilled when Holland, only for the Nazis started occupying ''that'' country as well, and he, to catch up with them (see below). Two years before short came out, Pal, his family and 25 members of his studio gradually staff had uprooted to California over California, where they remained until the next few years.studio closed in 1947.


* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Several years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandoned their barely-new studio there and start over in America. He obviously wasn't too thrilled to learn that the Nazis had later invaded his home country of Holland as well.

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* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Several Only a few years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandoned abandon their barely-new studio there and start over in America. Paris and later ''again'' in Holland. He obviously wasn't too thrilled to learn that when the Nazis had later invaded his home started occupying ''that'' country of Holland as well.well, and he, his family and his studio gradually uprooted to California over the next few years.


* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Several years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandoned their barely-new studio there. And though he was living in America at the time, he obviously wasn't thrilled when he learned that the Nazis had invaded home country of Holland as well.

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* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Several years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandoned their barely-new studio there. And though he was living there and start over in America at the time, he America. He obviously wasn't too thrilled when he learned to learn that the Nazis had later invaded his home country of Holland as well.

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* TakeThat: Not surprisingly, the whole short is a reflection of George Pal's personal feelings about the Nazis. Several years prior, he and his wife had fled Berlin just as Hitler was coming to power, forcing them to abandoned their barely-new studio there. And though he was living in America at the time, he obviously wasn't thrilled when he learned that the Nazis had invaded home country of Holland as well.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Screwballs, who blast hell out of everything.


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* KarmicDeath: The Screwballs suffer this fate, when the subsequent rainstorm literally rusts them all to death before they can escape.


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* VillainExitStageLeft: The Screwballs try to hightail it once the rainstorm comes, but they barely get anywhere before they rust and crumble to pieces.


* NoNameGiven: The young protagonist is never named.

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* LandOfTulipsAndWindmills: The short is an allegory of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, with the two main characters a boy and girl depicted in traditional Dutch clothes cavorting through tulip fields.

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"Tulips Shall Grow" is a 1942 animated short film (7 minutes) written and directed by George Pal, using Pal's "WesternAnimation/{{Puppetoons}}" style of stop-motion animation.

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"Tulips Shall Grow" is a 1942 animated short film (7 minutes) written and directed by George Pal, using Pal's "WesternAnimation/{{Puppetoons}}" style of stop-motion animation.
animation that involved intricate carved wooden puppets.

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* KillerRobot: The Screwballs, scary robots that blast the hell out of Holland.
* KillItWithWater: The Screwballs are defeated when they rust in the rain.


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* SilenceIsGolden: It's not ''quite'' a MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon, but the only dialogue comes from the boy calling "Jeanette", and later when he says "Rust!" as the rain defeats the Screwballs.

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"Tulips Shall Grow" is a 1942 animated short film (7 minutes) written and directed by George Pal, using Pal's "WesternAnimation/{{Puppetoons}}" style of stop-motion animation.

The film is set in the Netherlands. A Dutch boy falls in love with a girl named Jeanette, who lives in a windmill. He plays his accordion for her, and she bakes him a cake. Their idyllic romance is shattered when the "Screwballs", an aggressive military force consisting of literal metal balls with screws in them, come barreling into Holland. (The Nazis [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had conquered the Netherlands]] in 1940.) The Screwballs turn the land into a blasted waste. Luckily, the Screwballs are defeated when it rains and they rust through. The boy finds Jeanette in the shattered ruin of her windmill, and they are reunited.

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* DeusExMachina: Just when the boy is in the depths of despair, the rain comes and rusts all the Screwballs.
* DownOnTheFarm: A boy and a girl in the rural flatlands of Holland.
* HappyEnding: The Screwballs are defeated by rust, the windmill is repaired (it actually reassembles itself), and the fields bloom with tulips again.
* ItsRainingMen: Hell, it rains ''tanks''.
* MoodWhiplash: A charming, gentle love story is turned on its head when the Screwball army comes barreling in.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Screwballs, who roll in and blast everything.
* NoNameGiven: The young protagonist is never named.
* StopMotionAnimation: Pal's "Puppetoons" style, which demanded new puppets/models for every shot rather than using articulated limbs. It was labor-intensive but produced some incredibly impressive animation.
* ThunderEqualsDownpour: Hear thunder, cue rain.
* TitleDrop: The film ends with the message "TULIPS SHALL ALWAYS GROW" on the screen.
* WartimeCartoon: When this cartoon played in American theaters the Nazis had been occupying Holland for two years.

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