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Thursday, 11. August 2005

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BANNED CARTOONS: EDUCATION FOR DEATH (DISNEY)

One of these topics I wanna write some long text about, but I never find the time.... I found tons of stuff labelled "banned cartoons" on Limewire and rotten.com has an interesting article with some general info.
On Disneys "Story of one of 'Hitlers children as adopted from Mein Kampf":
"Topping the eye-poppingly outrageous charts of historical cartoon propaganda is without a doubt Disney's regrettable vignette, Education For Death, which graphically details the life and times of Hitler youth.
The narrator solemnly intones the distorted text of Gregor Ziemer's The Making of The Nazi. German adults are portrayed in classic Disney "sinister bulldog" style: barrel chest, small rear end, bowed legs, and no neck. The bellowing, red-faced instructor's jowls flop around like coattails as he berates a kindergarten classroom full of Bambi-eyed waifs in lederhosen, whose pluckish heads are delightfully oversized.

The military professor's singular goal: get these scatterbrained kids to appreciate Hitler's way of thinking.

The lesson plan is presented at the blackboard. Chalk drawings of a fox eating a rabbit illustrate nature's intended course: the weaker species (i.e. Jews and bunnies) are justly but inevitably devoured without mercy by superior forces.

As Education For Death descends toward its bloody climax, the animation is bathed in murky red tones. The viewer is urged to "listen closely to the fanatic cry" of the German people. What follows is a pounding orchestral soundtrack and a relentless montage punctuating all things fire and brimstone.
Classic hardbound volumes of literature and philosophy are piled high, fanned at the spine and set ablaze. Flaming torches cast violent, flickering shadows as the Holy Bible morphs into a limited first-edition Mein Kampf. Crucifixes hung by the chimney with care are zapped by swift arcs of lightening from the heavens, and transformed into unfurling Swastikian flags or bladed Iron Crosses.

Delicate, stained glass church windows are smashed out during drunken antisemetic protests - and endless squadrons of squat, pear-shaped children in silhouette are seen goosestepping in grids for miles across the globe, arms outstretched toward the sky as they Heil Hitler over and over. Today Germany - tomorrow the world!
Nine times out of ten, a person won't even notice racist or hateful overtones in a cartoon unless the idea is planted firmly in head. By refusing to unearth and revive historical artifacts, societies sustain immeasurably more damage than brief exposure to racial toxins from old-timey cartoon doodles. Novelist Kurt Andersen (Turn of the Century, 1999) muses, 'If we don't know our history in all of its complicated detail, how are we supposed to understand the present?'
To allow ourselves only a bland, repackaged version of the past is - how do you say - kind of a Mickey Mouse approach."
Nonstick.com has some Public Domain Cartoons Online including "Daffy The Commando" (1943), one of the funniest Anti-Hitler-Cartoons produced back then.

dvdtoons.com: The Cinema and World War II
dvdtoons.com: Walt Disney On The Front Lines (dvd-review)


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