Saturday, December 19, 2009

Donald Duck takes on Hitler

Donald Duck takes on Hitler to the tune of Der Führer’s Face
Richard Metzger

Spike Jones
Adoph Hitler
Donald Duck

Der Fuehrer’s Face is a 1943 propaganda cartoon from the Walt Disney Studios, starring Donald Duck. It was directed by Jack Kinney as an anti-Nazi piece for the American war effort. The song, of course, was later made famous by the great Spike Jones and his City Slickers. The short film won the 1943 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film (the sole Donald Duck short to do so) and in considered one of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time, as voted on by animators.

The German oom-pah band is comprised of Emperor Hirohito (Showa), Hermann Göring on piccolo, Joseph Goebbels on trombone, and Il Duce himself, Benito Mussolini on bass drum.

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