Cartoon of the Day: Der Fuehrer’s Face

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Der Fuehrer's Face

Der Fuehrer’s Face

Well Happy New Year! We start the year off with an Acad­emy Award win­ning car­toon fea­tur­ing Don­ald Duck from 1943. In fact, Der Fuehrer’s Face is Donald’s ONLY Oscar, to date. As funny as this short is, we should never for­get the seri­ous­ness behind this and other War films… fight­ing the Nazi’s was seri­ous busi­ness in the early for­ties, even if it could get a bit funny at times.

This short places Don­ald as a worker dream­ing of free­dom dur­ing the golden age of Nazi Ger­many. A Ger­man “oom-pah” band parades through town extolling the “virtues” of the Fuehrer with the title song. They awaken Don­ald Duck, who has to go to work in a Nazi muni­tions fac­tory, much to his regret.

Luck­ily in the end, after a fran­tic work­day try­ing to alter­nate between mak­ing bombs and salut­ing Hitler, he finds that it has all been a night­mare and that he is still liv­ing in the good old U.S.A.

Released on New Year’s Day 1943, this was in fact the only Oscar-winning Don­ald Duck cartoon.

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