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Blitz Wolf is an early anti-German World War II Hitler-parodying cartoon from 1942. It was directed by Tex Avery and produced by Fred Quimby for MGM. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons.

Plot[]

Blitz Wolf is a parody of the classic Disney short The Three Little Pigs. We see the first two pigs with their straw house and stick house, and then the view pans to the third pig, whose house is a massive artillery installation. The third pig is in an army uniform digging a trench around his base. He is mocked by his fellow pigs for his hard work, but a wolf resembling Hitler appears and threatens the three pigs. Each hides in his house, but the third pig's gun emplacement is the only thing that can stand up to the wolf and his war machines.

Importance[]

Blitz Wolf is one of many American patriotic and anti-German or anti-Japanese cartoons that were distributed in World War II. It contains plugs for buying war bonds and supporting the National Defense Fund along with constant patriotic music. The short makes heavy use of caricature and satire, taking advantage of its medium to exaggerate and glorify familiar images of war. The wolf is made to look ridiculous and it is clear that his plans will not succeed. The animation is very bold and exaggerated when displaying the pigs' weaponry, but the wolf's machines are normal-sized, animated in the same style as the characters, and are cartoony in their motion.

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