Blitz Wolf (MGM, 1942 animated propaganda cartoon)
Blitz Wolf is a 1942 American animated propaganda short film produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A parody of the Three Little Pigs told via a World War II perspective, the short was directed by Tex Avery (in his first cartoon for MGM) and produced by Fred Quimby. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons but lost to Der Fuehrer's Face, another anti-Nazi World War II parody featuring Donald Duck.
Bill Thompson as Adolf Wolf (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig as Sgt. Pork (uncredited)
Frank Graham as narrator (uncredited)
Sara Berner as pigs (uncredited)
Leone Le Doux (uncredited)
This is Tex Avery's first cartoon at MGM, and also the first film at MGM for animator Ed Love Love had arrived at MGM with Kenneth Muse just after the 1941 Disney animators' strike.
The MGM lion, Tanner, roars to the tune of "Hold That Tiger", with 5 quick and short roars. Same background music of "Hold That Tiger" occurs in Rudolf Ising's Chips Off the Old Block (1942) start. 21 days (3 weeks) differ among their dates. This film, Tex Avery's Blitz Wolf (1942) was first, Saturday, August 22, 1942 and Rudolf Ising's Chips Off the Old Block (1942), was second on Saturday, September 12, 1942.
Adolf Wolf, the antagonist of the cartoon, would serve as inspiration for Tex Avery's unnamed wolf, who would appear in other cartoons such as Red Hot Riding Hood and Northwest Hounded Police.
Tex Avery would once again parody the story of the Three Little Pigs in One Ham's Family and The Three Little Pups.
There is a reference to the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo (when the bomb lands and destroys Tokyo, there is a sign "Doolittle Dood It!" coming out from the water).
Pinto Colvig provides the voice of "Practical Pig", as he did in Disney's Three Little Pigs.
Adolf Wolf's voice was provided by Bill Thompson, who would later voice Droopy. Droopy starred in his own adaptation of the story called The Three Little Pups.
In the beginning, the two little pigs mockingly sing to Sergeant Pork: You're in the Army Now,/ You're Not Behind the Plow,/ You're Diggin' a Ditch,/ [pause and motion freeze],/ You're in the Army Now! The pause was inserted to replace the line "You Son of a Bitch", which would be inappropriate for a film at the time. This is much similar to a gag in the Warner Bros. cartoon The Draft Horse.
Most of the scenery doesn't resemble World War II at all. The trenches and the pigs' uniforms resemble those of World War I.
As the tanks arrive, one small tank has the line "Good Humor" written on its side and makes the sound of an ice cream truck. This is similar to a joke later used in Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips.
A lone flame tank not spewing fire holds up a sign with the line 'I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire'.
When the straw house is blown away, a sign says 'Gone with the Wind', referring to the 1939 film (with another smaller sign agreeing that this is a corny gag), which was also released by MGM.
One of the pigs' artillery shells blasts the Wolf's tank into tin cans, a reference to the Allied Scrap Metal Drives of World War II.
At one point, Sgt. Pork distracts incoming shellfire by holding up a copy of Esquire magazine's (unseen-by-the-audience) Petty Girl pin-up artwork by George Petty.
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