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Desc:Who will save Japan's fairy tale kingdom from Mickey Mouse and his army of evil bats!?
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Classic Movies
Tags:Anime, Mickey Mouse, vintage WTF Japan
Submitted:joffe b
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Does anyone care to play translator for this?

All war propoganda boils down to;

They are evil caricatures, we are good caricatures, we win if you buy war bonds.

(also, is that the first recorded example of an anime panty flash at the end there?)

But it's not war propaganda. Japan attacked China in 1937.
Syd Midnight
IIRC they invaded Manchuria several years earlier. And this cartoon makes it pretty darn clear that they were gearing up for a scrap with Uncle Sam.

That's a reference to the story of Urashima Taro at 6:20-6:30, when Mickey Mouse is enveloped by a white cloud and ages.

In case you were wondering.
So it seems the Japanese genre known as "totally inexplicable" dates back quite a few years
Syd Midnight
To be fair, they were competing with Max Fleischer, who set the "inexplicable and unsettling" bar pretty high.

Remember that Japan characterized its wars in Asia as wars of liberation from Western colonialism. These sort of cartoons were made to remind Japanís new vassals of the glorious beneficence of the Empire of Japan.

So...Felix the cat was from Japan? And...he had anal beads for arms?
wtf japan
They knew about the bats?

joffe b
awesome! this cartoon just got ten times better.

Big Beef Burritos Supreme
Oddly makes me hate Japan.
5'd for loli fighting Mickey Mouse FOR GLORIOUS NIPPON
This was on Cartoon Brew a while back. The discussion can be found here: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/anime/1930s-wartime-japanese-cartoon
I seriously thought Mr. Sparkle was gonna come out of that girl's box at the end.
j lzrd / swift idiot
Obligatory WTF JAPAN goes here.

I have nothing to bring to the table but that. I contribute nothing.
That tiger thing. Its neck. It is a godamn tiger wearing a tiger fursuit.
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