American WWII Cartoon Videos
Bugs & pals solicit bonds from theatre goers. Watch out for the Al Jolson blackface - it's a real embarrasment.
Bugs does battle single-handed with Japanese in the Pacific. Typical of the racial demonizing propaganda bent of the period.
Here the racism is not directed at the enemy, but at America's own citizens. It's hard to believe, but it was felt black audiences would like this. There were two things they could conceivably find to like about it, however - the girl is beautiful and the music is great. Pity about the rest.
Bluto tries to evade the draft as Popeye tries to stop him. The cartoon goes on well enough until they meet up with Japanese. Then it gets as stereotypical and demonizing as other anti-Japanese characterizations of the era.
Here we see that European enemies of America are spared the racial treatment the Japanese received in cartoons of the period, though calling them "ducks" and "geese" is a stretch. Also the black egg & black duck run the gamut from psychological to social in content. The Japanese issue is "ducked", too, and though the cartoon is funny, it's still also for the birds.
This cartoon is about as stereotypically anti-japanese as cartoons of this type get. It's a parody using the structure of a Pathe newsreel with the content of Japanese newsreels, fashioned to look more ridiculous than Japanese newsreels already were. It's eye-opening, and often quite disturbing - the Mexican-American Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny and of the characaters in this cartoon, was as much a product of his era in seeing racial stereotyping differently than we do now as his compatriots.
Popeye does battle single-handed against Japanese at sea. Very demonizing, very stereotypical, and done with remarkable polish and craft.