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Tokio Jokio (1943)

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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15 May 1943 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Funeral March
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Very Bad Propaganda Short Cartoon
15 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

The level of virulence more than usual, even for the propaganda shorts that were released by the studio certainly is linked with the fact that this one was directed by an army official. Any signal of effective humour or irony characteristic of the cartoonists of this long-life series that was Merry Melodies flops before the grotesque way Japaneses were portrayed. This caricature is present not only about the Army and their leaders, but in the civilian life dimension. Sometimes has indirect comments about historical events linked with the Japanese nation as the moment when the chassis down as a Chinese boy in traditional clothes cycling in an allusion to Manchurian War. Another moment the caricature going for the Axis forces at all, showing Rome as a ruins catalog and Germany through Hitler receiving a message by Rudolph Hess from a concentration camp. It has no virtues even in stylistic or narrative terms. Produced in b&w and like a profusion of gags not linked at all, it was certainly more oriented for adults than for kids. For comparison with an equally anti-Japanese war propaganda made with characteristics associated easier with warner bros. cartoon values just see Bugs Bunny Nips to Nips.


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