She uses a katana/samurai sword to kill vampires. 6 years ago | 28 views. [5], Bugs escapes rapid gunfire by running for cover into a haystack. Stalling could intend the scene to represent the United States reaching such a peace. [7] American propaganda portrayed the Japanese as the worst kind of enemies during the war. [6] The scene with the ice cream track partially obscures the faces and bodies of the enemy soldiers, but Bugs verbalizes a physical description. This in reference to the exotic havens depicted in South Sea island films and to the epic film Lost Horizon (1937). Bugs then jumps into a plane (which looks like a Mitsubishi A6M Zero); the soldier also jumps into a plane (also looks like a Zero). Stronger than Spinach: The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons. This is a reference to US companies selling scrap metal to Japan before the war. [5] The Japanese are distinctively othered as physically deformed. Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. They are all elements of the Japanese wartime caricature. Scrap the Japs is a 1942 American anti-Japanese cartoon with the popular character Popeye as protagonist. All of the Japanese are killed by the explosions, save one, who is killed after redeeming a 'free' ice-cream bar from Bugs. The biased and often fallacious depictions of the Japanese were not only limited to animated posters —even respected media sources such as Life Magazine aided the frenzy. [8] This portrayed them as fanatic and ruthless with a desire for overseas conquest without seeing the consequences and this was reinforced when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941 and many studios’ first impulse was to capitalize on the theme of treachery and brutality. Ngai, Mae M. (2014) Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. A Japanese soldier emerges depicted with thick glasses and big teeth to pander to contemporary racist stereotyping in America in an effort to demonise the enemy. Pantheon. P250, Bierly, S.R. The seductive first impression serves to set up a hazardous trap. The short has similarities to both Wackiki Wabbit (1943) and Herr Meets Hare (1945). All of the Japanese sailors on the ship look the same, reinforcing the idea of a Japanese unified mass especially when they all make a drilling sound to fix the plane. Select from premium Japanese Propaganda Posters Ww2 of … [7] There are two musical quotations from Die Walküre (1870) by Richard Wagner. Journal of the American Musicological Society, 54 (2). By examining the photographs in the December 22, 1941 edition of Life, it becomes clear that they are a direct form of … Hollywood Goes to War: Patriotism, Movies and the Second World War from Ninotchka to Mrs Miniver. How he single-handedly exterminates the enemy makes for a laugh-filled few minutes of typical Bugs antics, off-screen remarks and action in this Technicolor cartoon produced by Leon Schlesinger."[14]. Click to watch more of The Amazing World of Gumball - us for all the latest Gumball news! Only then is Bugs alerted to the mortal danger that awaits him on the island. Bierly, S.R. [7] Bugs' mission is accomplished. Log in. [2] The cartoon, released on April 22, 1944, features Bugs Bunny. Popeye uses terms like ‘Jap’ and ‘stormtrooper’ to describe the character and starts firing missiles at him from a plane while the stereotyped character frantically starts pedalling. It could also reference the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour as it could be argued they used there cunning there as well. [8] The soldier bows in supplication to the authority figure. [8] The Japanese are characterized as single-minded, subservient to their superiors and gullible. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hollywood Goes to War: Patriotism, Movies and the Second World War from Ninotchka to Mrs Miniver. London: Faber and Faber Limited. Grandinetti, F.M. [11] When Bugs professes his hatred of the peace and quiet, demanding someone to get him out of this place, the tune is the Ride of the Valkyries. Cartoon Enemy Pack 03 – The Monsters. He leaps into an amorous pursuit and the film ends. Instant Watch Options; Genres; Movies or TV; IMDb Rating; In Theaters; On TV; Release Year; Keywords; Prime Video (2) IMDb TV (4) Prime Video (Rent or Buy) (46) Animation (137) … This culminated in severe restrictions on Asian immigration to America.[2]. [6] The masquerade scene involving the wrestler and the geisha makes use of two relatively harmless civilian-type characters to cast the enemy in a humorous light. Sheppard, W.A. Mr. Moto) some 'scrap iron' (an anvil),[4] causing the soldier to fall. [6], The soldier resumes use of his sword and talks gibberish again. The gag with the ice cream-seeking soldiers makes use of the American perception of the Japanese as both gullible and greedy. We did a little research with and interviews with Japanese fans to determine the most famous Japanese characters of all time (most popular with Japanese people). Pantheon. Barrier, M.J. (2003). [5], The film opens with Bugs singing from within a crate. The temptation to use racial terms to describe the Japanese in these films was overwhelming as the US already had a history of anti-Japanese prejudice that was based on Japanese samurai traditions. He is next seen disguised as an Ice cream car vendor in the mold of the Good Humor man. [5] Propaganda was used with considerable effectiveness because the outcome of the attack was enormous and couldn’t be easily forgotten.[9]. (1987) War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War. After landing, he goes down a river on a small boat but is spotted by Japanese soldiers from the Imperial Japanese Army and they start firing at him. London: McFarland & Company, Inc. [5] This can be seen on many occasions throughout the cartoon, for example when all of the sailors gathered round the plane to fix it they made a unified drilling sound. As he walks through town, there are spies hiding in various places such as in a post box, a phone box and a pram but he is oblivious to them. London: McFarland & Company, Inc. p129, Koppes, C.R. In response, Bugs transforms into a geisha. Playing next. (1987) War Without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War. [9] The Japanese soldiers are repeatedly presented on screen to the tune of the Kimigayo (1870)[9] The ice cream truck scene uses the tune of the opening aria of Papageno, from The Magic Flute (1791) by Mozart. But this time he is prepared and rides the repair ship into it. Officials of the Office of War Information (OWI), the propaganda agency, were constantly updating and releasing manuals telling all animation studios how they could help in the war effort and reviewed screenplays of every major studio. The soldier parachutes down, but is met in mid-air by Bugs, who hands "Moto" (cf. Georgia: BearManor Media. With this remark, a female rabbit (dressed in a Hawaiian outfit) appears, saying, "It's a possibility!" Browse more videos. Enemy funny cartoons from CartoonStock directory - the world's largest on-line collection of cartoons and comics. (2004). When the Bureau of Motion Pictures heard of these portrayals of the Japanese they were not pleased and decided to get all studios to shift from the theme of racism to one of fascism. Scrap the Japs is a 1942 American anti-Japanese cartoon with the popular character Popeye as protagonist. Suggesting that their threat relies on their numbers. Dower, J.W. Report. Alternatively, he might be inspired by the stark isolation of Brünnhilde on a rocky mountain – in which case, the reference would have been Bugs being trapped on the island. [6] Both planes are presumably based on the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. (2004). Having now painted dozens of Japanese flags on the trees, denoting all the downed enemy forces, Bugs comments again about the 'peace and quiet – and if there's one thing I CAN'T stand, it's peace and quiet!'. He entices many Japanese soldiers to come get their ice cream. [8], Bugs insults his customers by calling them "monkey face" and "slant eyes". He eventually turns his bicep into a V for victory and destroys the ship. The phrases "bowlegs", "monkey face", "slant eyes" both serve as racial epithets and audibly support the visualized stereotypes of the film. This may have been shown to American soldiers to show how easy it can be to let out secrets especially when under the influence of alcohol. They are an easily fooled mob, not a group of individuals. (2015). Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He comes out in a 'Good Rumor' (a parody of Good Humor) truck, which plays Mozart ("Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" from The Magic Flute), and hands each of the Japanese an ice-cream bar with a grenade inside it, calling them racist slurs such as "monkey-face" and "slant-eyes" whilst doing so. & Wilt, D.E. London: Tauris Parke Paperbacks. Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945 (2nd ed.). [2] Because of the racism, this cartoon, along with some other World War II cartoons is now banned from being broadcast in most countries.[3]. (1978) The Politics of Propaganda: Office of War Information, 1942-1945. [6] The initial encounter of Bugs with a Japanese soldier presents an optical illusion, that the two share a body. 25 Most Popular Japanese Cartoon Characters posted by Mari, January 15, 2009 updated on June 06, 2015. Shull, M.S. London: Tauris Parke Paperbacks. [5] The caricature portrayal of this film serves as a host to well-worn stereotypes. The Japanese race became a common enemy, regardless of nationality. [7] The female bunny ignites his passion. (2015). (2004). [5] Then the owner of the feet confronts Bugs. The term ‘Jap’ that Popeye used throughout the cartoon was also used to help create the idea that the West were fighting a different species, while Germans and Italians were treated as individuals, the Japanese as a race were seen to possess a herd instinct that led to extreme loyalty to their emperor. Bugs takes off in a Japanese plane, followed by the soldier in his own plane. 6 years ago | 28 views. [6] Already in the introduction, Bugs identifies his Pacific island setting as a "garden of Eden and a "Shangri-La". [7] The soundtrack includes Trade Winds and Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat. But it must be remembered that ‘this is a typical World War II propaganda cartoon with an ending that’s unpleasant and disturbing when viewed with today’s sensibilities.’[6], There are many similar cartoons that feature anti-Japanese stereotypes. Eventually, little by little, Private SNAFU starts to reveal information to various characters he meets including a stereotypical looking German women at a bar. The cartoon ends with Popeye flying home with the Japanese sailors locked in a cage behind him, where they start complaining before they "turns" into rats and scurrying around. "Do they think I want to spend the rest of my life on this island?" Bugs pulls down the distress flag, lets out a wolf-cry and goes running after her. However, Bugs ties the soldier's plane to a tree, causing the plane to be yanked out from under him. Find more Japanese words at! Film Gorillas. Watch Our Enemy - The Japanese - Short - Film Gorillas on Dailymotion. (1976) Propaganda: The art of persuasion: World War II. [10] These factors reinforced the idea that the Japanese were a unified mass even if some of them lived in America. [citation needed], Japanese stereotypes also appear in Spies (1943), part of the Private SNAFU cartoon series. Koppes, C.R. Bugs triumphantly shouts "timber" as the man falls. Bugs swims towards it, admiring the peace and quiet, when bombs start going off ("The Storm" from the William Tell Overture is also heard in the background). He uses the planes on the ships to clean it (e.g. The most similar is You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (1942) in which Popeye spots a broken down fishing boat. Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in its Golden Age. The Japanese enemies were freakish stereotypes but were more often showcased as idiots rather than actual threats, this may have been done to dehumanize them as this would make it easier for the American people to hate and kill them. Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History (2nd ed.). They are also shown firing the first shot at Donald’s back perhaps hinting at their cowardice. In response, Bugs assumes the form of a Japanese general and stands stiffly at attention. He suggests that it is connected to the role of the Valkyries, taking fallen warriors to Valhalla. Popeye has jumped out of a plane without a parachute, and as punishment he has to do a variety of chores to do to keep the ship clean. [8] The soldiers run off as soon as they get served. The broken down ship is eventually revealed to be disguising a huge destroyer and sinks Popeye’s ship. The soldier chases Bugs into a rabbit hole, where the soldier dumps a bomb inside. [5] This shows that years of anti-Japanese propaganda and racial prejudices was starting to have an effect on the American population. [8] In concept, it suggests that an Oriental guise can be put on and discarded at will. Bugs is insulted. Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. When the soldier tries to swing a sword at Bugs, Bugs appears as a Japanese general (presumably Hideki Tojo), but is soon recognized by his trademark carrot-eating, prompting the soldier (who says that he had seen Bugs in the "Warner Bros. Leon Schlesinger Merrie Melodies cartoon pictures", referring to the fact that Bugs was originally exclusive to that series) to ask him "What's up, Honorable Doc?". Seeing a group of Japanese landing craft making their way toward the island (and exclaiming "Japs! London: Faber and Faber Limited. [13], "Bugs Bunny, cast away on a Pacific isle, thinks the setting ideal until he finds his paradise infested with Japanese soldiers. He is able to easily fight off the Japanese sailors and when he throws them into the body of the ship their imprints make a ‘V’ shape, perhaps showing Victory for the Allies. Watch fullscreen. In this case, the use is ironic as Stalling would not view the deceased Japanese soldiers as fallen heroes who deserve an afterlife paradise. Popeye manages to blow up the plane and the Japanese man is left holding a typical looking umbrella before falling onto a ‘Jap Scrap Repair Ship’. Of course, however, the US Government issued statements that the enemy was not the German, Italian or Japanese themselves but it was their leadership that America should despise. [citation needed], Commando Duck (1944) focuses on cementing anti-Japanese stereotypes while using the character of Donald Duck. [5] They resemble a swarm of bees and they are rendered less as human figures and more like a scourge in need of extermination. However, before he can get his jobs done a ‘cloud’ appears that begins to drop bombs onto the ship. P1, Winkler, A. p. 37. The films depicting the Japanese enemy during World War II tended both to identify a formidable wartime adversary and to depict the adversary as inferior to his American counterparts. Bugs ducks into a haystack, and soon comes face-to-face with a Japanese soldier; a short, buck-toothed, bare-footed Japanese man who says his 'Ls' as 'Rs' and who might be rapidly stating the names of Japanese cities whenever he moves. However, Donald doesn’t realise that the soldiers are firing at him and he carries on down the river. Stronger than Spinach: The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons. He speaks in Japanese-sounding gibberish and coaxes the wrestler into a near kiss. [citation needed], The American Government carried out an intensive effort to mould the content of films made during the war. This cartoon was made during World War II, and reflects the United States' attitude towards one of its main enemies at the time, the Empire of Japan. The film starts with Private SNAFU walking down the street and he is adamant that he is going to keep a secret. Bugs' head peeks above the haystack, while the legs of the soldier appear below it. The spies shown are racist depictions of the Japanese with big teeth and thick glasses. They then try to give him a bouquet of flowers as an apology but it has an angry lobster inside. The kiss turns into a fatal blow with a mallet. This again shows that Japanese ships were seen to be made very poorly. [7] Bugs ties the rival plane to a tree. After falling from his plane, Popeye also lands on the ‘Jap Scrap Repair Ship’ and it begins to tip. Chelsea House Publishers, New York p257, Kanfer, S. (2008). p20, Rhodes, A. The Review of Politics (Yale University Press) p406, Dower, J.W. It follows his adventures after being sent for punishment on a ship and running into Japanese sailors. After a while he gets stuck under a waterfall and his boat starts filling with water. This cartoon enemy pack 03 contains 6 monster chracters for 2D side scrolling games. As Popeye thinks he is safe, a big Japanese battleship sends bombs his way. Search. Similarly, at the end of the cartoon when all of the Japanese were locked in the cage they resembled squealing mice which could represent their naturally higher pitched voices. & Black, G.D. (2000). "[6] There is a spoken reference to Mr. Moto to provide a well-acquainted name to the wartime enemy. Donald sees the Japanese airfield below when he is near the edge of the cliff and because it is so full of water it explodes sending all of the water onto the airfield. Saya is a Japanese vampire slayer whose next mission is in a high school on a US military base in 1960s Japan, where she poses as a student. Rowan, T. (2012) World War II Goes to the Movies & Television Guide. [7] He then sees an island and swims towards its beach. Our Enemy - The Japanese - Short. P 23. Then Bugs spots an American battleship (what I assume is the USS Iowa) in the distance and raises a white flag, yelling for them to come get him, but they keep going. Mocking: "Here's some scrap iron for Japan, Moto. They are disguised as rocks and trees but still have racist Japanese features of big teeth and slanted eyes. After being temporarily beaten by the sumo wrestler (and, to be fair, wiping the second mark off the tree before collapsing), Bugs dresses as a geisha girl and knocks out the wrestler, who repaints the second flag on the tree before passing out. By 1944, a poll suggested that 13% of Americans wanted to kill all the Japanese population and by 1945, 22% were disappointed that more atomic bombs were not used on the Japanese after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. was, "Images of Asians in the Art of the Great Pacific War, 1937–1945", "Creatures of Good and Evil:Caucasian Portrayals of the Chinese and Japanese during World War II", "Reading Wagner in Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips",,, It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House, The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales,, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This was one of the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons that were pulled out of Cartoon Network's June Bugs 2001 marathon by order of, This page was last edited on 15 January 2021, at 12:42. [8], Bugs then sees several Japanese ships floating towards the island. & Black, G.D. (2000). Library. Neil Lerner attempts to decipher Carl Stalling's intentions in quoting Wagner at the end of the battle scenes. Sign up. The preeminent danger is positioned to be treachery and not military might. However, Bugs manages to blow up the soldier with the bomb. [8], They get served with chocolate-covered ice cream bars embedded with grenades. Figure 3. At first Popeye is confused but then it is revealed that the ‘cloud’ is actually attached to a Japanese plane with the lettering ‘Made in Japan’ written clearly on the back to make sure the audience knows who the enemy is. He then signals an American ship to come get him. Hundreds of 'em! In cartoons, this translated to a tendency to depict the Japanese as either superman or buffoon. Follow. Japanese words for enemy include 敵, エネミー, 仇, 仇同氏, 仇敵, 敵討ち and 敵う. [1] These images were based on pre-existing images of the Japanese that the American people had in their minds from previous fears about immigration. [4] Japan represented the ‘yellow peril’ and anti-Japanese prejudice was especially present on the West Coast of the United States. The latest released WB cartoon sold to a.a.p. [9], The short placed an emphasis on physical peculiarities to imply racial inferiority. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. An Exotic Enemy: Anti-Japanese Musical Propaganda in World War II Hollywood. [8], Bugs then bumps into a sumo wrestler. [12] Lerner suggests that Stalling was inspired by the name of Siegfried, "peace through victory". An article in Time magazine even suggested how the American people could tell the difference between Asian people saying ‘the Japanese walk stiffly erect, hard heeled’ while the Chinese were more relaxed and had an ‘easy gait’. Bugs accidentally gives away his identity by casually chewing on a carrot. Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon. He celebrates the approach of an American ship and his potential rescue, until he meets a sarong-clad female bunny. [6] One battered soldier returns to present his specially-marked stick, earning him a free ice cream bar. [6] He is somewhere in the Pacific and is waiting for the inevitable island to turn up. [6] There are many Japanese soldiers besieging Bugs' ice cream truck. The man is huge with a large stomach, a mustache, a goatee, buck teeth with a large gap between the front teeth, and a Mohawk/ queue hairstyle. P24, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, The Popeye Valentine's Day Special - Sweethearts at Sea,, Anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States, Articles needing additional references from December 2019, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. (2001). All of the Japanese sailors start beating him but after eating his spinach, he throws his empty spinach can in the water to distract them and they all jump into the water. [6], Bugs hates being confined to a world of "peace and quiet". [6] Bugs' face is briefly transformed into a Japanese caricature, only to be contrasted with the face of an actual, if impish, Japanese soldier. Votes: 11,938 The film was released on November 20, 1942 by Famous Studios, a part of Paramount Studios and focuses on racist stereotypes of the Japanese during the war. [3], Somewhere in the Pacific, Bugs is floating in a box, singing to himself, when 'the island that inevitably turns up in this kind of picture' turns up. "), Bugs thinks of a plan to get rid of them all. Shull, M.S. You can be sure that … Painting a Japanese flag on a tree to denote one soldier down, Bugs runs into a sumo wrestler, against whom he confidently faces off (cockily marking a second and bigger flag on the tree). Patriotism can be seen in the cartoon when Popeye briefly resembles the Statue of Liberty as this was often used as a symbol to represent American freedom and liberty. Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945 (2nd ed.). Because of eating his spinach, Popeye turns into the Statue of Liberty which was a familiar symbol in anti-Nazi cartoons as it is also used in Disney’s Der Fuehrer’s Face (1943). When he goes on board, two foreign sailors hand him a false peace treaty which Popeye tries to sign (perhaps showing the willingness of the American people to stop war) before they hit him over the head with a mallet. [6], The soldier pulls out a sword and starts swiping at Bugs. The film begins with Donald parachuting into a remote jungle environment with the aim of destroying a Japanese airfield. & Wilt, D.E. He howls and thumps his foot, his eyes bulging from their sockets. Cartoons with Japanese stereotypes made little effort to develop a Japanese character or explain what Japan hoped to accomplish from the war, they remained nameless. He is the last one. Bugs' stereotypical portrayal of Japanese womanhood renders him a meek and seductive creature, speaking in a falsetto voice.[10]. Popeye then uses a piece of railing from the ship to cut it up like a tin with a can opener before sitting back and eating an ice cream waiting for the ship to crumble. Klein, N.M. (1993). London: McFarland & Company, Inc. Kanfer, S. (2008). Find the perfect Japanese Propaganda Posters Ww2 stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. [4] However, many anti-Nazi cartoons featuring Popeye didn’t really generate much suspense as everyone knew that the great Popeye would eventually triumph over the enemy. tying mops to the propellers) and also paints camouflage onto the ship showing that he is trying to help the war effort. For example when Popeye shouts ‘I have never seen a Jap that wasn’t yeller’ this was because the term yellow was rarely used to refer to the Japanese because this could also reflect badly on America’s Asian ally, China. This page was last edited on 19 September 2020, at 03:16. Similarly, it could be a symbol for their cunning and cowardice, attacking from a cover. This was used by the American Government to help the American people to understand and be willing to fight the enemy as it is often easier when a group resembles an unidentified mass rather than individual civilians. [12], As Bugs signals the American ship, the tune is from the scene where Brünnhilde announces her pregnancy. This film more closely represents the latter tendency. He speaks in Oriental-sounding gibberish, consisting of short syllables spoken in a staccato voice. This includes… Monster 01 – The Blue & Monster 02 – Red Furry : Attacking; Attacking in The Air; Dying; Falling Down; Hurt; Idle; Idle Blinking; Jump Loop; Jump Start; Run Attacking; Running; Sliding; Smoke; Taunt; Walking; Monster 03 – Golden … Then numerous explosions are heard. The film is about how enemy spies could be anywhere and that you can’t trust anyone. Other terms that were used such as ‘storm trooper’ also show the link between Germany and Japan. In the cartoon, Bugs Bunny lands on an island in the Pacific and is pitted against a group of highly racially stereotyped Japanese soldiers.