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The Weakly Reporter (1944)

A newsreel spoof with WWII homefront gags, including rationing, air raid drills and women filling in men's jobs.

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Lady Buying Steak / Saleslady / Narrator / Cabbie / Lady with Bottle (voice) (uncredited)
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Cop / Man Sharing Car Parts / Meat Department Clerk / Robber / Politician (voice) (uncredited)
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This Chuck Jones animated short parodies the newsreels that were the standard fare for movie theater intermissions during The Second World War. Included are gags about the food and supply shortages civilians had to suffer through, as well as the increasing role women were playing in the American war effort. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Edited into Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons (1989) See more »

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The Fountain in the Park
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aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Music by Ed Haley
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WWII: we had to ration things; War on Terrorism: use as much as possible
16 April 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The Looney Tunes cartoons were among the main media promoting the war effort in WWII. "The Weakly Reporter" is a parody of newsreels from that era. As can be expected in anything from the Termite Terrace crowd, practically every scene is a gag of some form or another.

But there's something else here. The cartoon talks about rations. That brings to mind the fact that we were actually rationing things during World War II. Here in the so-called War on Terrorism, we're not rationing anything. In fact, George W. Bush is the first president who didn't raise taxes in wartime. History won't look kindly upon this.

But anyway, it's a pretty funny cartoon. It was one of the many cartoons featured in "Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons" hosted by Leonard Maltin.


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