Independence Day

Have a happy Fourth of July.


  • Arthur Foame

    Yeah, propaganda is fun. Often cute too.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com Robert

    Wow, I’ve never seen that one before. Looks like they had that “uncanny valley” thing going long before CG made it easy to do.

  • Nonimus

    When he says, “one nation … indivisible,” seems like “under God” has been edited out.

  • GeeVee

    Maybe propagandistic but I’ll take a country that actually likes itself (with good reason) over the super-polarized / run-by-zealot-clowns one we have now.

    Porky for President! At least he gets it.

  • red pill junkie

    Isn’t interesting that Uncle Sam (which has always creeped me out, no matter how hard they tried to portray him as a benevolent elder) gives his propaganda speech to Porky, one of the most GULLIBLE characters of the Looney Tunes? I wonder what would have Bugs said?

  • Autonomic

    Notice how the phrase “under God” had not been added at that point.

  • Inkan1969

    Yep, I don’t think “under God” was added until the 1950′s, in an attack against Godless Communism.

    Patriotic cartoons. My favorite is “Yankee Doodle Bugs”, without a doubt. ( “Hey Granny, do these give you any ideas?” )

  • GhaleonQ

    “seems like “under Godâ€? has been edited out.”

    *smacks forehead*

  • David

    Happy Independence Day to Cartoon Brewsters and all the ships at
    sea !

    I wonder if the word “propaganda” is being tossed around here too casually in describing this cartoon ? Is an overtly patriotic cartoon produced at a time when the dark clouds of World War II were gathering (and WW II already underway in Europe) necessarily make it “propaganda” , with all the negative connotations that word carries ?

  • street

    rotoscope-tastic!

  • J. J. Hunsecker

    The phrase “under God” was not omitted from the cartoon, because it did not exist in the Pledge of Aliegence at that time. It was added in 1954.

    You can read about it here:
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/nat_pled1.htm

    Oh, and I also find Uncle Sam to be super creepy in this cartoon. I believe it was animated by Robert McKimson. According to Chuck Jones, McKimson animated it without the aid of the rotoscope.

  • Keith Paynter

    IIR, the line “To arms! To arms!” was used over the familiar “The British are coming!” in order not to offend the U.K. market.

  • John

    It’s so refreshing to hear the pledge of our forefathers without the superstitious addition from the 50′s.

  • Christian

    You can call the cartoon propaganda but I actually think America’s a great place.

  • Bill Field

    I love this Porky, he seems childlike and innocent, as opposed to the frustrated adult when he teamed with Sylvester or Daffy.

  • http://www.andrews.edu/~drazen/sonic.html Daniel J. Drazen

    I find it hard to believe rotoscoping WASN’T used in this toon. Uncle Sam reminds me too much of Fleisher’s Gulliver.