...and now, the question is, WHY?
Posted by Pixiechic on :
I'm not sure what scares me more, the song that popped into my head when I read the title or the fact that that was the song being sung in the cartoon!
Pixie"the things I learn"chic
Edit: Had I read the stuff Joe Bentley linked than I would have known that's where the song came from and would not have been surprised. I still always thought that they "heil" in that song meant to pass gas in Hitlers face. Made sense when all I had to go on was the song and the horns after each "heil" was said
Posted by Joe Bentley on :
*Shrugs* Propaganda was common and accepted at the time.
"De Fuehrer's Face" is actually pretty tame compared to some of the Bugs Bunny or Dr. Seuss or Superman propaganda from the time.
Posted by redsnapperdragonfly on :
inkiemouse, are you asking why they made the cartoon?
I'm assuming it's because the entire world was embroiled in a war where millions of people died, thanks almost singlehandedly to one madman and his nasty facist buddies, and there was a real threat of that madman gaining even more power than he already had - plus his equally facist allies - and I'm guessing people figured he was fair game to say nasty things about and make fun of?
Frankly the last person I'd worry about offending if I'd lived during WW2 would have been Hitler - it's kind of like, if you don't want people to make fun of you, then don't try to take over the world...
people tend not to like other people who try to do that. lol.
Were these cartoons "propaganda" as in commissioned and strictly controlled/directed by an arm of the government, or were these just artistic/commercial reflections of what most Americans were feeling at the time? eta - I see some of them were in fact commissioned. I have to wonder if anyone really objected to it much though?
-as far as strictly racial incorrectness, well, we did that to our own citizens all the time without a second thought back then, so it's hardly suprising we'd do the same to a country we were in a profoundly bitter war with. - look at the treatment of blacks in "Dumbo" and Native Americans in "Peter Pan."
Posted by Radical Dory on :
There's also the disturbing Education For Death which was put out the following year.
Posted by Class Bravo on :
I thought that was a really cool cartoon. Kind of the same idea as when South Park's kids went to Afghanistan and saw Bin Laden....just propaganda for the home team.
Posted by Delta-V on :
quote:Originally posted by redsnapperdragonfly: Were these cartoons "propaganda" as in commissioned and strictly controlled/directed by an arm of the government, or were these just artistic/commercial reflections of what most Americans were feeling at the time?
A little of both. The US government commissioned some, both for propaganda and training films (WB's Private Snafu series, for example), and some seem to be done by the studios on their own. Walt Disney, anti-nazi already, needed no push from the government. In fact, he produced "Victory Through Air Power" to influence the military and the president in favor of strategic bombing. It may have influenced FDR's decision to back that concept.
quote:Originally posted by Radical Dory: There's also the disturbing Education For Death which was put out the following year.
It's chilling. Very well done, and Disney's darkest work ever. It captures a sense of what the Nazis were trying to do to the German youth.
Posted by snopes on :