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Tulips Shall Grow (1942)

A young boy and girl, dressed in costumes based on Dutch traditional clothes, find their idyllic, windmill-laden countryside is being over-run by unfeeling, unthinking mechanical men that ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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A young boy and girl, dressed in costumes based on Dutch traditional clothes, find their idyllic, windmill-laden countryside is being over-run by unfeeling, unthinking mechanical men that lay waste to everything in their path. The cartoon (note the title) was a very thinly veiled propaganda film in support of the Netherlands resistance fighters during Nazi occupation in World War 2 (The film was completed when Nazi Germany had completely occupied the Netherlands). Written by Steven F. Scharff <gopher_baroque@hotmail.com>

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Madcap Models No. U1-5: Tulips Shall Grow  »

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TULIPS SHALL GROW {Short} (George Pal, 1942) ***
4 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

February 1st was Hungarian animator/film producer/director George Pal's birthday, so I decided to include his Oscar-nominated "Puppetoon" shorts as part of my Academy Awards marathon: he actually received 7 such nods, but I only managed to locate 4 of these films. This begins as a fairly ordinary romance between a young couple, albeit in an atypical and appealing Dutch setting, but soon adopts an allegorical stance to effectively present a standard WWII theme. In fact, the peaceful village is overrun by mechanical "Screwballs" (obviously standing in for the Nazis); despite the extensive damage done to the land, the tulip (the country's national flower) still grows and even forms a victory sign in defiance at the end!


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