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 »
[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!
But Adolf, that would break our treaty. You're a good guy. Why, you hate war. You wouldn't go back on your word.
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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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 »
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 »
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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