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Jack Ellis

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of Cartoon

How Effective were
Cartoons as WW2 Propaganda?

What is Propaganda?
- A form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position
Propaganda in WW2
Used to dehumanize and create hatred towards enemies
Usually creates a false image of the enemy
Racial stereotypes and derogatory terms are used

-Attacking your opponent rather than his arguments

-Repeating an idea or phrase tiresly until it is believed to be true

-Showing possible consequences to create fear

Big Names in the Propaganda Game
Walt Disney
Warner Brothers
Dr. Seuss
Walt Disney

Almost all of Walt Disney’s employees were devoted to making propaganda for the government.

Disney created 400,000 feet of film throughout the entire duration of war ( Equals around 68 hours worth of film)

US government told Disney they wanted to portray enemy country’s leaders as manipulatives without morals

Warner Bros

After the cartoon Yankee Doodle Dandy premiered, 15.6 million dollars worth of war bonds were bought for the governments of England and the US

Throughout the entire duration of the war, $20 million of war bonds were bought through the company

According to Jack Warner, the head of Warner Bros. sales in Germany was murdered by the Nazis during the war

Dr. Suess
Drew over 400 political cartoons during the duration of the war working for the New York City daily newspaper

In 1942, Dr Seuss focused directly on the support of the US

He drew posters for the treasury department and the war production board

In 1943, Seuss joined the army as a captain.

Why This Question?
Provides broad amounts of info, but a specific answer
Propaganda was a huge part of WW2
Creates an Argument
2 sides to the story
Cartoons hold a special place in our hearts
Websites were very effective
Books did not provide specific enough information (most just had info on propaganda, not cartoons)
A lot of our info came from analyzing cartoons
Primary Source
Secondary Sources
Dr. Seuss Goes to War
Finding a book

Getting together

Had to Work through playoff season

Der Furhrer's
Donald has a nazi nightmare
Perceives Germany to have a strong dictatorship
Shows harsh living conditions for Gemans
Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
Depicts Enemy as being evil
Perceives Hitler as a common enemy
Shows innocent pigs being victimized
Daffy the
Nazi commander shown as antagonist
Shows USA as protagonist
Donald Duck
Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf
Daffy Duck
Porky Pig
Donald Duck
Before - loveable character that everyone rooted for.
During - always on the good side, no longer teaching a lesson he's promoting the U.S for the war
Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf
Before - Big Bad Wolf is known as a common enemy in the states
during world war two whoever is wolf is hated
During - Wolf is shown as a nazi solider or general
Pigs are shown as innocent victims
Daffy Duck
Before - Funny, Outgoing (spoke his mind)
During - Funny, Bravery
Porky The Pig
Before - Scared, Nervous, Loveable
During - Brave, Loveable, Determind
Cartoon Techniques
-Films were intended to build morale
-Used Humor and ridicule to express how people felt
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