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Blitz Wolf (1942)

Yet another variation on the Three Little Pigs theme, this time told as WW2 anti-German propaganda (the US had just entered the war), with the wolf as a thinly-disguised Hitler.

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Rich Hogan (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sara Berner ... (voice)
Leone Le Doux Leone Le Doux ... (voice)
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Storyline

Yet another variation on the Three Little Pigs theme, this time told as WW2 anti-German propaganda (the US had just entered the war), with the wolf as a thinly-disguised Hitler.

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gross méchant loup See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Tex Avery's first cartoon for MGM, after his disagreement with Warner Brothers' animation producer Leon Schlesinger, about the closing scene in 1941's The Heckling Hare (1941) because of Avery's newest idea and creation, "air breaks". Schlesinger thought "air breaks" cartoons could cause injuries, and worse, to children who saw it in the cartoon and tried it. See more »

Quotes

Adolf Wolf: [coming up to the First Pig's house of straw; speaking in faux German] Open the door! Or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!
First Pig: But Adolf, that would break our treaty. You're a good guy. Why, you hate war. You wouldn't go back on your word.
Adolf Wolf: Are you kidding?
[the wolf laughs and brings in "Der Mechanized Huffer und Puffer" to blow down the house, but the First Pig manages to escape]
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Crazy Credits

Foreword: The Wolf in this photoplay is NOT fictitious. Any similarity between this Wolf and that (*!!*...%) jerk Hitler is purely intentional! P.S. The auto tires used in this photoplay are fictitious. See more »

Alternate Versions

When this cartoon aired on TBS, the special end title card ("The End...of Adolf. If you'll buy a stamp or bond - We'll skin that skunk across the pond") was replaced by an ordinary title card used for MGM cartoons of the day. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

London Bridge Is Falling Down
(1888) (uncredited)
Traditional nursery song
Performed by studio orchestra
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Tex Avery's W.W.-II Propaganda masterpiece
24 April 2009 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

These W.W.-II Propaganda cartoons are really interesting to me because of the history behind them; a look on the War Years. I have a few Propaganda favorites from Disney, but this short is my favorite from MGM.

Well to the the nitty-gritty: "Blitz Wolf" is one of Avery's masterpieces, a wild satire of Adolf Hitler, disguised as the story of "The Three Little Pigs". Fred Quimby allegedly told Avery to be careful when caricaturing Adolf Hitler, saying, "After all, we don't know who's going to win the war!" The short was a great success, and received a nomination for Academy Award (one of Avery's six nominations). It lost to another excellent WWII propaganda cartoon, Walt Disney's "Der Fuehrer's Face" starring Donald Duck.

This short is also the first short Tex Avery directed; also a first voice-acting role for Bill Thompson (Adolf Wolf).


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