WALT DISNEY PRESENTS PUBLIC DOMAIN MICKEY MOUSE SOUND CARTOONS WW2 ANTI NAZI PROPAGANDA & STEAMBOAT WILLIE DVD-R!
Mickey Mouse is an American cartoon character co-created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. The longtime icon and mascot of The Walt Disney Company, Mickey is an anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves.
Although Mickey Mouse lapsed into the public domain in 2024, the character, like all major Disney characters, remains trademarked, which lasts in perpetuity as long as it continues to be used commercially by its owner. So, whether or not a particular Disney cartoon goes into the public domain, the characters themselves may not be used as trademarks without authorization.
Due to the Copyright Term Extension Act of the United States (sometimes called the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act” because of extensive lobbying by the Disney corporation) and similar legislation within the European Union and other jurisdictions where copyright terms have been extended, the early Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse cartoons remained under copyright until the end of 2023 but since 2024 are in the US Public domain.
Copyright scholars have argued that Disney’s copyright on the earliest version of the character may have been invalid due to ambiguity in the copyright notice for Steamboat Willie.
The Walt Disney Company is well known for zealously protecting its trademark on the Mickey Mouse character—whose likeness is synonymous and closely associated with the company. In 1989, Disney threatened legal action against three daycare centers in the Orlando, Florida region (where Walt Disney World is a dominant employer) for having Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters painted on their walls. The characters were removed, and the newly opened rival Universal Studios Florida allowed the centers to use their own cartoon characters with their blessing, to build community goodwill.
On January 1, 2024, the copyrights of the first three animated Mickey Mouse cartoons and their portrayal of Mickey Mouse expired, and they entered the public domain. They are the silent cartoons Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho, and the sound cartoon Steamboat Willie.
Between 1941 and 1945, during World War II, Walt Disney was involved in the production of propaganda films for the U.S. government. The widespread familiarity of Disney’s productions benefited the U.S. government in producing pro-American war propaganda in an effort to increase support for the war.
As requested by the U.S. Government, Walt Disney created a number of anti-German and anti-Japanese films for the servicemen and the U.S. public. He wanted to portray these countries and their leaders as manipulative without morals. A few of the films he produced were Reason and Emotion (1943), Der Fuehrer’s Face (1943), Education for Death – The Making of a Nazi (1943), Commando Duck (1944), and Donald Gets Drafted (1942).
Donald Gets Drafted starred Donald Duck who gets conscripted into the United States army. The film gave the American public a look into the life of a US soldier, showing Donald getting a medical examination and speaking with his army sergeant (played by Pete). According to film historian Dr. Tracey Mollet, “due to the speed at which [the] film was made and released”, for many Americans, it gave the first glimpse into “the reality of life in the forces, before many of them had heard about it from friends, neighbors, or even loved ones”.
In Der Fuehrer’s Face, Donald Duck experiences a day in a Nazi country where he has to make do with eating ridiculous Nazi food rations (smell of bacon and eggs, coffee made with one bean, and a slice of wood-like stale bread), experiences a day at a Nazi artillery factory and breaks down. He wakes up realizing that the experience was a nightmare, embraces a model of the Statue of Liberty and exclaims “Am I glad to be a citizen of the United States of America!” Der Fuehrer’s Face went on to win the Academy Award for Best Cartoon Short Film.
Education for Death – The Making of a Nazi was a wartime propaganda film that takes on the perspective of Hans, a young German boy. As the film progresses and Hans is exposed to Hitler youth and the Nazi culture, his ability to value human life decreases. In Commando Duck, Donald, by himself, destroys an entire Japanese airbase.
For the National Film Board of Canada, Walt Disney Studios remade Disney’s classic “Three Little Pigs” into “The Thrifty Pig“. They reimagined the Big Bad Wolf to represent Nazi Germany, and they redesigned the strongest house material into war bonds. This reconfiguring of the characters paints a very clear picture to impressionable audiences by grouping the Nazis and Germany with the word “Bad” and a villain in the classic story. The Practical Pig warns his brothers to build their house with “War Savings Certificate” bricks in order for their houses to have a solid defense against the Wolf. The classic story unfolds with both pigs running into the Practical Pig’s house, and when the Wolf tries to blow it down, it withstands the wind. The Wolf then runs away as the Practical Pig throws the bond bricks at him. This short film aims to show viewers the importance and benefits of investing in war bonds.
here’s 80 minutes of public domain cartoons for you to enjoy…finally!
THE MAD DOCTOR
THE THRIFTY PIG
HEALTH FOR THE AMERICAS
SPIRIT OF 43
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN
MICKEY’S SURPRISE PARTY
THE WINGED SCOURGE
THE COOKIE CARNIVAL
MINNIE’S YOO HOO
DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!