Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Infamous Prophetic Japanese Wartime Cartoon

I saw snippets of this film during my Sophomore year at Tufts in my Japanese Popular Culture Class. This is an interesting piece of wartime propaganda because it features Mickey Mouse clones invading a peaceful island of Japanese inhabitants. In order to protect the people, the country summons its greatest warriors from folklore to combat these Disney abominations (some are also Felix the Cat and Fleischer-style works). What is fascinating about this work appears to either represent the events of Pearl Harbor or the Japanese defending against the United States. EXCEPT this film called "Toy Box Series, Episode 3: Picture Book 1936” was made in 1934 AND this was made seven years before Pearl Harbor.

For the record, those dancing animals at the end gave me the creeps.

Via Pink Tentacle

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