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Cap'n's Cabaret #110: Toons Go to War!!

Gear up, folks, we're going to war! And we're taking our Animated Batallions with us!

Yes, folks, once again the fires of war have spread across this world, and this time it really IS a battle to make the world safe for Democracy!

To this end, we're mobilizing every sector of our nation, and Animation is no exception!

Not only are the likes of Bugs, Mickey, Donald, and your other cartoon favorites adorning the noses of our warplanes, but the toons themselves, or rather the studios that make them, are joining in the war effort. Not only are they giving us a valuable outlet for our anger and fears*, but they're providing important lessons for the front lines and the home front, too!

Go get 'em, boys!

Here's Bugs, battling a Gremlin to help keep our fighting air fleet ready to help topple Hitler's Fortress Europa!


Ain't he a stinker?

 And the Warners are not alone. Here's Walt Disney contributing to the war effort as only he can, giving us a clear look at the horrible consequences of a totalitarian society and Why We Fight:


Remeber, we all have to do our part against the evil machinations of silly racial superiority theories (except when it comes to those sneaky Japs, obviously), even you silly dames with your ice cream addictions. Listen to the propaganda that demonstrates the dangers of propaganda, folks! What, me Ironic? 

Important lessons for the home front, but what about our boys on the front lines? What are we doing for them?

Why, giving them the important lessons they need to keep themselves and our nation safe, through informative and entertaining cartoons made just for them.  Enter Private Snafu, with important lessons for a serviceman:


Like 'don't trust a dame that actually shows interest in your sorry, ugly ass, pal.  She's probably a bomb!

So there you have it, folks! Animation is more than just entertainment for your kids, it's a valuable part of the War Effort. So remember to do your part too, folks, and Buy War Bonds!

And now, our partiotic cocktail, the Hurricane, an all-American New Orleans original, devised by bartender Pat O'Brien as a cocktail for wartime shortages (when all you can get is rum...):


Hurricane Cocktail:

[image from searchamelia.com]

  • 2 oz Light Rum
  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Juice (fresh, if possible)
  • 1 oz Fresh Orange juice
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
  • 1 tbsp Simple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Grenadine

 Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a Hurricane glass or other Tall Drink style glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry. [Warning: potent! Like baseball it's "three and yer out!"]


* And unfortunately also good for reinforcing our sexist and racist assumptions; nearly every animator of the war years, even Dr. Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, depicted the Japanese in truly revolting Yellowface "Jap" stereotype, with buck teeth, jaundiced skin tone, and cokebottle glasses. If you go digging too deep into these war-era cartoons you'll soon come across these, so be warned.

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