Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.
The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly with defamatory anti-Japanese caricatures that dominate this period in US history. Yes there are some outrageous stereotypes -- the Japanese are portrayed as monkeys -- highly insulting to them -- and their dreaded Mitsubishi Zeros are bloated, haywire contraptions that fall to pieces.
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November 25, 2020 Subject:
Modern 'description' of racist cartoon as racist as the cartoon itself.
What's worse than a racist WWII cartoon? A modern apologia for that cartoon that expresses modern racist dismissal of the seriousness of the deliberate indoctrination of US children via "good old days" racist war propaganda. The claim that this cartoon is merely "politically incorrect by *modern* standards" is a lie: for socialist workers of the 1940s - and of course all non-"white" workers the world over - the blatant racism of this cartoon was NOT "politically correct" in the 1940s. The claim that being compared to monkeys by white Americans was somehow only offensive to the Japanese is also a lie. The cartoon is a classic example of how the racist white ruling class indoctrinated children with racist ideology in the 1940s; the modern description shows how it's done - only slightly more subtly - in 2020.