Momotaro`s Sea Eagles (1943)

Submitted by: 5cats 2 years ago in Entertainment
Momotarō no Umiwashi, literally Momotarō"s Sea Eagles is an animated Japanese propaganda film produced in 1942 by Geijutsu Eigasha and released March 25, 1943. Directed by Mitsuyo Seo, it featured many of the same animation team that later worked on the sequel, Momotaro"s Divine Sea Warriors (Momotarō Umi no Shinpei,1945), which is credited as being the first Japanese, feature-length, animated film. Planned by the News Division of the Imperial Japanese Navy, endorsed by the Ministry of Education, it was made for children. The film combined animated characters from the famous Japanese folk tale of Momotaro with the story of the then recent attack on Pearl Harbor (1941). A character highly derivative of Bluto, from the Popeye cartoons, makes an appearance in this film as a drunk demon (U.S.N.) sailor..

A WW2 Japanese Propaganda cartoon of brave, cute animals who fight for Japan"s honor! Few words, easy to understand.
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Male 41,175
There`s 3 more of these on YouTube, that I know of.

It wasn`t the "father of anime" but you can see several things that even modern cartoons use.

There`s lots of "Meanings"" only Japanese people would fully understand, cultural icons and representations. :-)

All in all? A lot nicer than the often vulgar American propaganda cartoons... although a few of those were terrific too.
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Male 1,692
Unit 731 looks too cute animated!
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Link: Momotaro`s Sea Eagles (1943) [Rate Link] - A WW2 Japanese Propaganda cartoon of brave, cute animals who fight for Japan`s honor! Few words, easy to understand.
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