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Tokio Jokio (1943)

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A "captured" Japanese newsreel. Civilian defense shows an aircraft spotter painting spots on aircraft and a fire prevention HQ that already burned down. Kitchen Hints shows the construction... See full summary »

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Nipponews Buzzard / Japanese Narrator / Air Raid / Prof. Tojo / Red Togoson / Admiral Yamamoto / Lord Hee Haw / Human Torpedo (voice) (uncredited)
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A "captured" Japanese newsreel. Civilian defense shows an aircraft spotter painting spots on aircraft and a fire prevention HQ that already burned down. Kitchen Hints shows the construction of a sandwich from bread and meat ration cards. Poisonalities in the News shows Yamamoto walking on stilts and boasting of plans for the White House, contrasted with the room reserved for him: an electric chair. A submarine, launched 3 weeks ahead of schedule, is still being built. A plane's new landing gear is a little man on a tricycle. A minesweeper uses a giant broom. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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AOL-Time-Warner refuses to release or air this cartoon. See more »


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Funeral March
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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as racist AND as much worth seeing as can be
27 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, so "Tokio Jokio" is probably one of the most racist cartoons of all time, portraying the Japanese as incompetent buffoons with giant teeth. Personally, I believe that Warner Bros. needs to release this cartoon on DVD; heck they should release all their WWII-era racist cartoons on DVD, just to show the zeitgeist from that time. As it is, I notice that there's been a lot of hypocrisy about racist entertainment. While cartoons such as this one are practically unavailable - I watched it on YouTube - there remain in circulation movies such as Disney's "Three Caballeros", which consisted of some of the most stereotypical images of Latin America that I've ever seen. Not to mention all the old westerns portraying Indians as bloodthirsty savages. Are we to believe that it's OK to be racist towards some people but not others? So I definitely recommend this cartoon, just as long as you understand the context.


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