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Tokyo Woes (1945)

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When Tokyo Rose begins spewing her anti-American propaganda over the airwaves, Seaman Hook is inspired to fight back, using War Bonds as literal weapons against her.

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Sara Berner ...
Tokyo Rose (voice) (uncredited)
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Japanese Announcer / Sad Sack / Singing Bond (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Lake ...
Mr. Hook (voice) (uncredited)
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When Tokyo Rose begins spewing her anti-American propaganda over the airwaves, Seaman Hook is inspired to fight back, using War Bonds as literal weapons against her.

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This cartoon (along with other "Hook" cartoons) was found by accident in the garage of a former soldier who had saved them, thinking they were "Private Snafu" shorts. The cartoon was finally discovered in the mid-1990s when an A&E documentary on war cartoons began production. It turned out that Warners made these shorts for the US Navy and because they wanted to keep this a secret, all original negatives were destroyed shortly after release. The "Hook" shorts that were given to the cartoon researchers had "vinegar syndrome" and have deteriorated, but fortunately before that happened, they transferred them to video. See more »

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Follows Take Heed Mr. Tojo (1943) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
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one of the most racist cartoons that I've ever seen (though still entertaining at times)
27 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

About as offensive as a cartoon can be, "Tokyo Woes" starts off with a radio broadcast from Japan's capital. Naturally, the characters have giant teeth and slits for eyes (one even has the same voice as Porky Pig). But over in the United States, Seaman Hook is listening to the broadcast and decides to take charge: he launches a bomb at them.

Obviously, it's a little hard to laugh at this cartoon in the 21st century, especially after Hiroshima. But as long as we understand what it portrays, we can still watch it; in fact, I recommend this cartoon just to show the WWII-era zeitgeist. The end was the seminal prediction of optimism; it has applied off and on since the war ended.


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