Blitz Wolf (1942)

Blitz Wolf is an early anti-German World War II Hitler-parodying cartoon produced in 1942 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Tex Avery and produced by Fred Quimby. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons.

The plot is a parody of the Three Little Pigs, told from a Second World War anti-German propaganda perspective. In this cartoon, the pigs go to war against Adolf Wolf (Adolf Hitler), who is set on invading their country, Pigmania. The two pigs who built their houses of straw and sticks claim they don’t have to take precautions against the wolf, because they signed non-aggression pacts with him. The pig who built his house of stone, “Sergeant Pork” (an homage to Sergeant York), does take his precautions and outfits his house with defense machinery.

Adolf Wolf invades Pigmania, despite the two pigs protesting that he signed a treaty with them. He destroys their houses, forcing the pigs to hide in the third pig’s house, prompting a battle between the two parties. Towards the end of the cartoon, Adolf Wolf is blown out of his bomber plane by the pigs’ artillery shells filled with Defense bonds and falls down to Earth alongside a bomb, which promptly blows him to Hell upon impact. There he realizes he is dead and says: “Where am I? Have I been blown to… ?”, whereupon a group of devils adds: “Ehhhh, it’s a possibility!”, in reference to a then well-known catchphrase by Jerry Colonna.


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