Cartoon Crazys Goes to War VHS
These World War II animated shorts, many of them not seen for generations, are classics that you and your children will enjoy over and over again. The United States commissioned several of the cartoons enlisting on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others in the War effort. Cartoon Crazy's goes to war is the finest cartoon restoration available featuring enhanced AC3-5.1 Dolby® Surround soundtrack, sound and effects.
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The menu of this disc is a mess. I first watched via Play All. I later discovered that I had missed a few items that only show on the Pick One menu -- a "technical" animation that outlined a bombing mission (the strategy shown is interesting), and still images of cartoon character mascots painted on US aircraft. If you use Pick One to select any of the primary selections, there are -- in addition to Play -- selections to view panels describing Story, History and Resource. If you view any of those, the only way out is back to the main Pick One menu. So, to view everything for one particular cartoon, you would have to make 4 trips through the Pick One menu.
I was underwhelmed by the content of the disc. Several of the selections were only obliquely related to the war -- where you would see something in passing, like "Buy Bonds," or "1A" or "4F" draft board ratings on a sign. This applied to Jerky Turkey and Foney Fables, and, one other, I think. Ding Dong Daddy has a how-we-use-scrap-metal ending tacked onto a typical, misguided love story... an interesting way to re-direct a cartoon. Falling Hare, with the airplane gremlin, had always been in circulation in the Saturday morning Warner Brothers offerings of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
5th Column Mouse was a semi-subtle, cautionary tale about appeasement. The Superman 'toons were overtly related to war, as were Bugs Bunny Bond Rally, Daffy the Commando, and Scrap Happy Daffy. Three Private SNAFU troop training cartoons were pretty good. Hell Bent for Election was a union-funded campaign short for FDR.
I was really hoping for more of the overt, dedicated propaganda cartoons that had been done during the war. I know they exist, because I saw them 40 years ago, at an on-campus college theater. From reading other DVD reviews on Amazon, I think they must have included Tokio Jokio, and Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, some material that would be seen today as much more offensive than the several non-PC characterizations that were included on the Cartoon Crazys Goes to War disc. I also discovered the The Golden Age of Cartoons: Cartoons for Victory! Cartoons for Victory collections, which include propaganda 'toons from other countries, as well as from the US... and, I think that may be my next selection.
It looks very strange on modern tvs. I own it now but i hope someone comes out with a better package.