End Of The Week Shorts #4 extract: Der Fuehrer’s Face (1943)
This is Disney's anti-Nazi tirade from 1943 that quite literally throws tomatoes in Hitler's face whilst making fun of Nazi Germany and the sheep-like people wherein who are forced to constantly work and show their love for the fascist dictator.
This basic premise alone is what probably won it the Oscar of that year; it re-affirmed an American way of life, demonstrating how lucky the viewing audience were to be born in a free country. That said, Der Fuehrer’s Face is not particularly funny, nor is it original. It explicitly draws from Chaplin's Modern Times and completely rips off the 1941 Dumbo. Maybe these were homages, but, I didn't appreciate them at all. Nonetheless, an interesting look back into film history that I'd recommend you watch.