Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"The Ducktators" - 1942

Cartoon studios created some terrific propaganda pieces during World War II. Posters featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck urged people to get in the fight, buy war bonds, and keep their morale high.

Cartoons were also a great medium to get the message across. The one featured below, "The Ducktators", is from 1942 and tells the story of three "ducktators" - i.e. Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo. The parody is spot on, and though by today's standards, some of it could be considered racist, it is definitely a product of its time.

Enjoy.


4 comments:

Samantha S. said...

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Melissa Marsh said...

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Jess Zimmerman said...

Ahhh propaganda Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! I was looking at some of these on YouTube a week or so ago but did not watch this one. It's a good quality compared to others. You're right that these were definitively a product of the time!

The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress said...

gotta show this one to the kids. GREAT stuff. Thank you. My son just received a lot of War memorabilia from his grandfather, he will love this.