1936 1934 Japanese cartoon with evil Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse flies in with a squadron of mouse-headed pterodactyls to attack an island populated with cute Japanese animals, including a surreal Felix the Cat with sausage-link arms. Link (Via Pink Tentacle)

UPDATE: Kim says: "Actually that cartoon is from 1934, not 1936. It *takes place* in 1936. That may seem weird, but here's how a commenter at Cartoon Brew explains it:"

[I]n the aftermath of the Mukden (Manchurian) Incident and Japan’s announced withdrawal from the League of Nations after the League concluded they were the aggressor, right wing elements in the country started an opinion campaign that once the Five Power naval limitation treaty ran out in 1936, America was planning to attack Japanese possessions, so Japan needed to expand its military… just in case.. Apparently, this cartoon was an attempt to stir the pot."'


  1. Hmm…the creepy girl character in the wide-flared dress keeps flashing her bloomers at the end. Who knew they had “fan service’ even back in their 1930’s propaganda cartoons?

  2. Early in the war, Japan was casting itself as a liberator against Western Imperialism. I think that’s what this cartoon is about. 1936 was still five years before Pearl Harbor, but it was after Japan began invading Manchuria. In 1936, France was in control of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The US was in control of the Philippines. The Dutch controlled Indonesia. The British controlled Hong Kong, India, Burma, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji, parts of New Guinea, etc. The Japanese cast themselves as “good” against the backdrop of Western Imperialism – a trick still used today by dictators everywhere (Hugo Chavez, anyone?)

  3. As a translation note, the banner that evil Mickey throws down reads “Surrender the island!” and the quasi-tiger-thing chants “Oh no! Oh no!”

    I think the character they awaken is Momotaro, a boy born out of a peach who became a great samurai. The whole cartoon is rife with references to children’s stories.

    This is a great find–looking back on propaganda always provides an interesting perspective on history.

  4. a five year old boy, sucking his shaved-ice treat in a darkened tent on a hot summer evening, solemnly watching the flickering images on the stretched sheet of a screen… flash forward ten years to a young man, taste of final sake toast still on the tongue, cramped in the cockpit of a one way flight, fighting the nausea and cold shivers …

    think he remembers the cartoon?

  5. So, in the Official Mickey Mouse Fimography, I’m guessing that this offering is not generally considered to be canon?

  6. And that five year old boy was…
    Tokyo Mayor Shintaro Ishihara.
    (Quote from a 4/2/2006 NYT story:”I hate Mickey Mouse,” Mr. Ishihara pronounced acidly from the podium on Saturday afternoon. “He has nothing like the unique sensibility that Japan has.”)

  7. It’s funny that the American theme is just Beethoven’s 5th, when that was the British Victory theme during the war to come

  8. I recognize Urashima Taro (the Fisherman Taro) riding on the turtle. At the end of the Urashima Taro he opens up a boxed present given to him by the princess of the sea and he ages a hundred or so years. So in the cartoon, Taro opens the box towards the evil Mickey Mouse so that he becomes decrepit instead.

  9. That old Mickey Mouse looks unpleasantly like classic antisemitic caricatures of the period. Creepy.

    But the several “okay” uttered by the Japanese “good guys”… Wierdly hilarious.

  10. #6 Or banzai charging a machine gun nest. Or starving and abandoned when things turned bad and the supplies stopped coming. Or shot trying to surrender.

    It was an ugly war on all sides. :(

  11. At the 4:25 mark the scene looks very similar to the battle in Pirates/At World’s End. Two vessels circling each other and pounding each other with ammo. ripped?

  12. In the same vein, here’s an old propaganda cartoon from Vichy France in 1944 showing American cartoon characters like Mickey, Felix the Cat, Popeye, and Donald Duck in Allied airplanes bombing innocent French citizens under the direction of the Jewish-controlled media:

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