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In his autobiography, "Chuck Amuck", longtime animator and producer Chuck Jones relates that while this cartoon was in production, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's animation producer, Fred Quimby told new director, Tex Avery to be careful when caricaturing Adolf Hitler, saying, "After all, we don't know who's going to win the war". See more »
[coming up to the First Pig's house of straw; speaking in faux German]
Open the door! Or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!
But Adolf, that would break our treaty. You're a good guy. Why, you hate war. You wouldn't go back on your word.
Are you kidding?
[the wolf laughs and brings in "Der Mechanized Huffer und Puffer" to blow down the house, but the First Pig manages to escape]
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I was amused by the way some of the humor was aimed clearly over the heads of the younger end of the audience - and maybe some of the not-so-young-anymore realized they understood some of the humor, but knew better than to spoil their younger friends' innocence. It was fun watching the two naive piggies taunting their more serious kin, "You're diggin' a ditch - " and then freezing for a couple of seconds as they let the audience fill in the rest of the ditty in their heads.
All in all, another excellent (and enjoyably over-the-top) Tex Avery creation. Though the wolf isn't as top-notch an incarnation of the enemy as some of the other war cartoons employed, it's well in keeping with the tone and background of this entry.
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