RELEASE DATE: Friday 1st January 1943
Walt Disney was approached by the U.S. government in these war years to create propaganda cartoons that encouraged patriotism, as well as demeaning and demonizing the enemy - in this case, Adolf Hitler. It is a very touchy subject, and it's hard to actually put ourselves in the shoes of people who were living in this era. But it is fascinating to see a cartoon like this in this day and age. You have to applaud Disney's guts in making a funny cartoon out of something so political.
This website explains the source of the urban legend - Finland, not Denmark - and it turns out it's completely false anyway.)
I have a strange disconnect in my mind when watching Der Fuehrer's Face. You always think of World War II, you know, this old war that happened so long ago. But cartoons like this really haven't aged that much. They're still incredibly entertaining and well-made by today's standards. But to think that this was made in the middle of World War II, and it was made in reference to World War II, as a current event... It just kind of blows my mind.
MALEFICENT: "Aren't you lucky to be chosen to work overtime?" Oh, those nasty Nazis!