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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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A Dark Cartoon
18 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

Some have said this is a propaganda film, albeit a very good one. And that is true. But what is the message? Jan and Janette are not fighting the Screwballs, but merely just trying to live their happy lives. If the message is anything, it is that happiness is eternal, hardly something that would be considered a propaganda message.

I absolutely love the skill involved. I don't know if this is stop motion (though I assume it must be). Quite possibly this was the finest work of its kind in the 1940s.


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