The Most Hateful Cartoon Ever Made – Nimbus Libere

Preston, England
June 15, 2016 9:25am CST
Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Donald Duck, Goofy, Felix The Cat – Did you know they helped the Nazis out during the war? Strangely, it is true, but it was never authorized by their creators. Though a 1943 propaganda short movie rather than a TV show, (running to less than two minutes), this sinister animation called Nimbus Libere, created by Vichy France Nazi-Collaborators is perhaps the most disturbing character cross-over story ever created. The characters (all obviously used without the slightest regard for copyright permission), taken from Disney, Warner Brothers, and other studios, unite to fly war planes conducting intense saturation bombing raids for the allies over Paris. French citizens hear the allied planes and assume they are bringing in friends and essential rationing supplies. They start rejoicing until the bombs fall. The message was intended to condemn the allies for bombing the very people they were promising to liberate, and make the French mistrustful of the British & Americans. The bombings were seen as essential to drive out the occupying forces. Of the unlikely raiders, only Popeye briefly questions the ethics of his action, as he believes France grows spinach, but he still does his duty and drops his bombs. It is a very creepy little movie, presenting familiar comedic characters stripped of humour in a dark nasty little nightmare. The animation standard is very good, but served such terrible purposes. Arthur Chappell
Vichy France propaganda cartoon about the allied bombings of France.
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• United States
15 Jun 16
A sad Truth Evil will use what is given them by good to undermine them.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Jun 16
that's ingenious insidious and sad
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• Preston, England
15 Jun 16
quite creepy to see our heroes used this way @Jessicalynnt
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• Centralia, Missouri
16 Jun 16
@arthurchappell that's what made it so effective I am sure
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• Preston, England
16 Jun 16
@Jessicalynnt fortunately the Normandy Landings proved that Europe welcomed the strategies of the liberating allied forces
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
15 Jun 16
That is awful how they used the cartoons with no thought for the copyright permissions. Of course what could anyone do so they didn't care.
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• Preston, England
15 Jun 16
@Marcyaz exactly, given the scale of their war crimes a little copyright infringement was nothing to them
@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
15 Jun 16
@arthurchappell Right, nothing at all.
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@Corbin5 (81979)
• United States
15 Jun 16
I remember seeing this before. Chilling to me.
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• Preston, England
15 Jun 16
it is disturbing even so many years on
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@JudyEv (101133)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jun 16
That is very creepy indeed.
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@Susan2015 (18733)
• United States
15 Jun 16
Don't think I've ever heard this before.
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