The World War II Ten (Looney Tunes)
The World War II Ten is a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons originally produced and released by Warner Bros.
Due to these cartoons being heavily filled with World War II-related propaganda and intense racial stereotyping towards both Japanese and Germans, this caused most of these cartoons to be shelved from television airings (at least in the United States) since the end of the war in late-1945.
List of World War II Cartoons
- "Wacky Blackout" (Clampett; July 11, 1942; one-off)
- "The Ducktators" (McCabe; August 1, 1942; one-off)
- "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy" (McCabe; January 23, 1943; with Porky Pig)
- "Tokio Jokio (McCabe; May 15, 1943; one-off)
- "Scrap Happy Daffy" (Tashlin; August 21, 1943; with Daffy Duck)
- "Daffy – The Commando" (Freleng; November 20, 1943; with Daffy Duck)
- "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" (Freleng; April 22, 1944; with Bugs Bunny)
- "Russian Rhapsody" (Clampett; May 20, 1944; one-off)
- "Plane Daffy" (Tashlin; September 16, 1944; with Daffy Duck)
- "Herr Meets Hare" (Freleng; January 13, 1945; with Bugs Bunny)
- While not bad as the more-infamous "Censored Eleven", the cartoons are littered and filled not just with vulgar themes, but also use of their heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, and the infamously heavy World War II themes, especially towards Asians and Hitler.
- While Mel Blanc did a good job voicing most of the characters, the way he was voicing Adolf Hitler, is unsetting, loud and painful to hear.
- Most of the designs for the Asians characters in the cartoons come off as grotesque and uncanny.
- "Russian Rhapsody", while a decent short, had strange and weird designs for the gremlins.
- Just like the "Censored Eleven", they also suffer from loads of padding and filler, especially in "Tokio Jokio" and "Wacky Blackout".
- "The Ducktators" contains a duck version of (get this.) Adolf Hitler himself.
- Out of all 10 cartoons, "Tokio Jokio" is often considered the absolute worst short, not only it was a cartoon that have lots of padding and filler, making fun of Asians (in the WORST way), but also it was also banned from syndication and HBO Max due to the Japanese stereotypes.
- "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" also count as the worst just behind that short, so much that it currently suffers the same fate of the Censored Eleven since 1993.
- Some of the cartoons have weak jokes and humor.
- Most of the shorts give little to no respect towards Asians.
- Most of these cartoons tend to be more violent than the rest of the other cartoons, with more frequent use of brutal violence involving tanks and gunfire as well as bombings.
- Out of all 4 directors, Norman McCabe is the person with the most bad WWII cartoons, as he was making fun of Asians and Hitler WAY too far (in "The Ducktators" and "Tokio Jokio").
- "Daffy - The Commando", "Russian Rhapsody", "Plane Daffy" and "Herr Meets Hare" are the only good/decent cartoons from the World War II.
- Likewise, while they are not the good shorts, "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy", "Wacky Blackout", "Scrap Happy Daffy" and "The Ducktators" are still passable at best, even if they are forgettable shorts.
- Though still offensive, "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy" and "Wacky Blackout" are often cited as the least offensives out of the "World War II" Ten.
- The animation and music are still good for their time.
- Besides his voicing of Adolf Hitler, Mel Blanc still does a good job voicing most of the characters (like Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny), as usual.
- Friz Freleng, Norman McCabe, Frank Tashlin and Bob Clampett all learned from their mistakes and never made cartoons like these ever again.
- To be fair, the vulgar themes and ethnic stereotypes are excusable since it was during World War II, the time where the cartoons would slander other people based on which United States at the time viewed as the "enemy" as the result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in late-1941 (though these "enemy countries" weren't any better themselves due to being ruled by tyrannical dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini for example).
- On that topic, one of the main reasons these cartoons were made were not only to create World War II propaganda towards the "enemy countries", yet they were also created in order to help moviegoing audiences of the time relieve themselves from the actual hardships and tragedies of World War II while igniting a patriotic spirit in them at the same time with these cartoons' optimism, patriotism, and their wacky, humorous and irreverent approaches towards World War II.
- The first 5 cartoons are the only black-and-white cartoons in the list.
- Likewise, "Wacky Blackout", "The Ducktators" and "Tokio Jokio" are the only black-and-white cartoons that were one-off cartoons.
- "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy" is the only Porky Pig cartoon in the list.
- "Herr Meets Hare" and "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" are the only Bugs Bunny cartoons in the list.
- "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy", "Wacky Blackout", "Scrap Happy Duck", "Plane Daffy", "Herr Meets Hare" and "Russian Rhapsody" had been restored for DVD releases, notably for Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4-6 and Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 3. Some of the "World War II Ten" are also restored for streaming services as well, such as HBO Max and iTunes.
- "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips", "Russian Rhapsody", and "Herr Meets Hare" were the only ones in the Merrie Melodies series. The others were in the Looney Tunes series.
- "Russian Rhapsody" is also the only one-off cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series.
- Outside these 10 cartoons, other cartoons of the time such as "Fifth-Column Mouse", "The Wise-Quacking Duck", "The Weakly Reporter", "Super-Rabbit" and "Hop and Go" for example, while not heavily themed on World War II, still had some World War II-related references scattered in here and there, such as dive-bombers, food rationing, military references, amongst others.
- Most of the all-American gremlins in "Russian Rhapsody" are the caricatures of the crew at Termite Terrace.
Gremlins from the Kremlin (Russian Rhapsody)
We're gremlins from the Kremlin
Da da da da da
We're gremlins from the Kremlin
Da da da da da
I'm a gremlin from the Kremlin
We are Russian gremlins
Up in the sky we're found
We smash right to the ground
We like nothing better than to mess up Messerschmitts
And send their heavy bombers down to earth in teeny bits
Napoleon and his army never got to first base
Now we'll push those nasty Nazis in der fuehrer's face
We're here, we're there, we're everywhere
We're in the Nazi's hair
And when they try to catch us
We're the little men... who weren't there
We're the little men who weeeeeren't theeeere.
We're In to Win (Scrap Happy Daffy)
Daffy: We're in to win
So let's begin
To do the job with junk
We're in to win
Turn in your tin
And listen to it plunk
To our nation's call
Every rubber ball
Goes to conquer freedom's foes
Daffy Hitler: Freedom's foe!
Daffy Mussolini: Freedm's-a foe!
Daffy Hirohito: Oh, freedom's foe!
We're in to win!
Daffy: Our scrap is in So to victory, let's go! And do the job with junk!
Pots, pans, old tin cans,
Pails, nails, empty jails,
Fats, hats, rubber mats,
Missing links, kitchen sinks,
Garbage cans, electric fans,
Rubber boots, bathing suits,
Reels, wheels, run-down heels,
Bed springs, special rings,
Metal shears, old tin ears
Tire chains, water mains,
Skates, plates, furnace grates,
Pitching forks, rubber corks,
Sacks, racks, railroad tracks,
Soles, holes, fiddle bows,
Plugs, lugs, bathroom rugs,
Collar sheets, house-made beets,
Rubber bands, bird cage hands,
Metal snips, pillow slips
Locks, socks, grandpa clocks
Daffy:And that's why we're in win