Cartoons Go to War (A & E Home Video, 1995). [Category: Military & Propaganda]

I was disappointed by this tape when I first bought it because I though it would be a collection of wartime cartoons. It isn't––it's a documentary about the toons made during World War II. As documentaries go, though, it's not too bad, and it does contain tons of clips from wartime cartoons (even some toons made by Disney, which are really hard to find otherwise), animated segments of military training films, and even a few newsreel clips about the toon studios doing their bit for the war effort. It also contains lots of interview footage from directors, animators, and artists of the time period. Still, I wish they had included at least a few complete cartoons.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***.

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