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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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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Tokyo Rose (voice) (uncredited)
Japanese Announcer / Sad Sack / Singing Bond (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Lake ...
Mr. Hook (voice) (uncredited)


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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Giving Tokyo Rose A Bit Of Her Own Propaganda
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is very anti-Japanese and it shows the stereotypical "Jap" with the exaggerated teeth and slanted eyes, but I find it not offensive at all because it was done in 1945 and that's the way a lot of North Americans (yes, Canadians, too) thought of the Japanese back then. They weren't thought too highly of after bombing Pearl Harbor and getting the U.S. into a horrible war. So, you'll have to excuse them if they are a bit out of line in the politically-correct arena. If this was made today, I would have a problem with it.

Basically, it makes fun of "Tokyo Rose," a propagandist who gained fame with her many broadcasts to the U.S. soldiers....and they weren't encouraging. Making fun of her is quite acceptable, the same as they made fun of Hitler in cartoons in this era, too.

Actually, the drawings here of "Rose," along with her jive talk, are very funny and Mel Blanc's Porky Pig imitation on someone is also good.

The thrust of the cartoon isn't to make fun of the Japanese, anyway; it's to plug the sale of war bonds to help with the Allied War effort. It's a "Mr. Hook" cartoon produced by the U.S. Navy and that was the intention of the handful of Hook animated shorts that were produced. This is the third one I've seen and frankly, the only one that had a good share of humor to it. It was also made for the sailors because there a couple of "boob" scenes in here you wouldn't see made for the kiddies!

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