Donald Duck As A Nazi. Really.

Posted by – August 8, 2009

The media was once controlled by the government. During WWII, the Walt Disney Co. was under U.S. government contract for 32 short propaganda films at $4,500 each, which would save the studio after they spent four times their budget on Fantasia, which had pushed them close to bankruptcy. The films did their best to boost support for the war effort, increase military recruitment and morale, and counter Nazi propaganda.

Donald Duck starred in at least eight of these government-sponsored shorts and his popularity boomed. The most bizarre film was Der Fuehrer’s Face, based around the popular Spike Jones parody song “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” which reached #3 on the charts. In this film, Donald Duck is a

Screenshot from Der Fuehrers Face (1943)

Screenshot from Der Fuehrer's Face (1943)

Nazi. Yeah, you didn’t misread me; in this short, Donald Duck wears a Nazi uniform, does the “Heil Hitler” salute dozens of times, and helps build shells for the German Army. The point of the film is to show that “Nutzi Land” (Nazi Germany) is no Aryan paradise; it’s a totalitarian nightmare characterized by forced worship and dronish obedience to authority (hence Donald must give the “Heil” salute every time he sees a picture of the Führer (Adolf Hitler), harsh wartime rationing meaning little food, and grueling 48-hour work days on an assembly line no one can keep up with (think of Lucy and Ethel failing at packaging candy on a faster and faster conveyor belt). It’s also an actual nightmare that Donald wakes up from at the end. I totally get the purpose of this cartoon, and Disney gets the message across with some classic animation, but it’s still unsettling to see a Nazi Donald Duck heiling Hitler so much. It’s definitely jarring, especially completely outside the context of 1943 media.

Disclaimer: in the opening sequence, Japanese emperor Hirohito is playing a Sousaphone, and is depicted in an exaggeratedly ethnic and buffoonish way, typical of wartime cartoons, and today may be offensive.

Here is Der Fuehrer’s Face in high definition, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short and was later named #22 on the 50 Greatest Cartoons of All-Time list.

More videos of Donald Duck’s WWII shorts:

  • itsmeagain2

    this short film sounds like ur site Nick, a totalitarian NIGHTMARE based on SHIT!!!!!

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  • Duh. There's no censorship on the internet, because you are totally and completely free TO GET YOUR OWN DAMN BLOG!

  • itsmeagain2

    Just pointing out a truth, you talk shit about this country, but you do what you bitch about, what is that about dude???

    LIVE WHAT YOU PREACH!!!!!!!!

  • itsmeagain2

    and if you dont like what I have to say…….

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  • I've never complained about bloggers deleting angry troll comments. It's totally acceptable to do, and I've been too lax in the past,

  • itsmeagain2

    like I said……

    LIVE WHAT YOU PREACH!!!

    or STOP PREACHING!!!!!!

  • you're just blubbering nonsense. can you cite where I “preached” against ;deleting angry troll comments?? if not, you're just making things up. I'm always a big supporter of blocking pointless hate like yours.

  • itsmeagain2

    we have talked b4, and you have said that you do not like the Govt censorship of certain things, but yet you censor stuff, so again I will say…..

    LIVE WHAT YOU PREACH OR STOP PREACHING!!!!!

  • I'm not the government that can block something completely, and I'm not silencing you, because you can post your hate in millions of places, or even GET YOUR OWN BLOG. You're NOT censored, you can post anywhere, you just can't scrawl your filth here, on my property.

  • itsmeagain2

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  • itsmeagain2

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  • itsmeagain2

    I may be a Troll, but at least I PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH!!!!!!

  • Yanivgero

    I once saw a Disney cartoon that was pretty insane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i6ozLpNr3Q
    It’s hard to imagine a popular company coming out with similar material nowadays.

  • spikemus

    itsmeagain2 has no life? What a loser. Get over yourself, quit the p.o.s. attitude. Grow up, and do something with yourself (like Nick has).