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The Winged Scourge (1943)

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The Seven Dwarves learn about the menace of mosquito borne malaria and the necessary precautions to control it.

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In this propaganda short, the viewers are taught about how the mosquito can spread malaria. A young mosquito flies into a house and consumes the blood of an infected human. She then consumes the blood of a healthy human, transmitting the disease into him. It turns out that this is actually a film within a film and the Seven Dwarves are watching it. They volunteer to get rid of the mosquito by destroying her breeding grounds. Written by Coolguy

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The first of a series of health-related educational shorts produced by the Disney studios and the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs for showing in Latin America. It was also the only one to use established Disney characters (the Seven Dwarves). See more »

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Dopey: Mosquito Exterminator
31 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a somewhat strange topic for a Disney made propaganda film. While it is informational and fact based, you can definitely tell that it is used for propaganda. They make mosquitoes out to be evil criminal vampires out to kill, steal, and destroy. While they are pesky and can spread disease they are simply insects. To combat the mosquito armies Disney recruits the help of the beloved Seven Dwarfs along with Dopey who thought it would be necessary to bring a meat cleaver. They show example of how citizens can rid infected mosquito from their environment. While some of the suggestions are good, you can tell that others are very outdated and would be considered harmful today. They recommend dumping oil in water sources and burying cans and trash that could hold water for mosquito breeding grounds, both of which today would be considered pollution. It is a good little short, made entertaining by the use of the dwarfs, and teaches about the harms of mosquitoes and what people can do about it. It is fun to watch pieces like this and learn about the past and also how times have changed. Dopey is also quite the maniacal mosquito exterminator!


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