A Japanese hides during an air raid. There's a skunk in the log with him.
The skunk reacts to his presence.
During this part fun is made of Hitler and Mussolini.
"This submarine launched three weeks ahead of schedule." Notice it's not finished yet. A few moments later it falls apart or is somehow otherwise destroyed.
Inside the sub the "very technical" machinery. The thing in the front is a peep show booth that the guy is looking into.
This "happy gentlemen" is piloting a human bomb.
The Japanese "super-duper catapult device."
The zero fighter demonstrating the "new tricycle landing gear."
Their "busiest aircraft carrier."
A Navy mine sweeper.
One of the purposes of this type of cartoon is to de-humanize the enemy, making them look like incompetent fools. Although this makes the people seeing the cartoon feel better it is also misleading, causing people to think that the Japanese would be easily beaten. De-humanizing an enemy makes it easier for the average person who was not actually on the front lines to not feel bad when they heard reports of thousands upon thousands of Japanese people being killed by American firebombing, for example. Some politicians in the U.S. followed the principle that "in war there are no civilians," clearing the way for the death of women and children who might have had nothing to do with the war other than that they lived in Japan and were Japanese.
Similar cartoons made fun of the German fighters, too, and also the Italians who were the other two Axis countries. Cartoons of this nature, though, have also been used to make fun of blacks and people from the south. That type of cartoon was even meaner since it served no useful purpose at all; it just perpetuated stereotypes of blacks and southerners.
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