Anime Wartime Propaganda

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 2, 2007 in Animation |

This is a rare find, it’s a Japanese WWII animated propaganda film designed to educate civilians on how to respond to incendiary bomb attacks from American planes:

Here’s a description of what’s going on:

“The cartoon characters in this video introduce the concept of incendiary bombing and explain how citizens can extinguish the fire from each bomb. The methods range from simplying putting a bucket of water over the bomb to throwing wet blankets over the fire. After the explanation there is a short cartoon showing the cute animals of Japan responding to an American bomber attack and putting out the fires from bombs before any major damage is done. If you look closely, you can see the evil face of President Roosevelt appear in one of the fires shortly before the Japanese citizens eliminate it.”

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