The leader' s Face

film data
of German titles: -
Original titles: The Fuehrer's Face
production country: The USA
feature year: 1942
length (PAL - DVD): 8 minutes
of source language: English
age release: FSK ?
direction: Jack Kinney
film script: Joe Grant, thickly Huemer
production: Roll Disney
music: Olive Wallace
  • Clarence Nash: Stimme von Donald Duck
  • Animatie: Bob Carlson,
    Les Clark,
    Don DaGradi,
    Bill Justice,
    spleen Neil,
    Charles Nicholas,
    John Sibley

of the Fuehrer's Face (corresponding „the face of the leader “) is an US-American Zeichentrickfilm of 1942. Rolling Disney - production with the public favourite Donald duck in the main role served propaganda against the third realm and won a OSCAR. The Cartoon under the title was original „Donald ducks in Nutzi country “(English. „groove “: „moved “) planned, the title was however changed, after the title song published first became a large success.

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at the beginning of the film is Donald ducks in Germany, where it is waked by the noise of a passing in review blowing chapel. After he greeted the Portraits of Adolf Hitler, emperor Hirohito and Benito Mussolini, which hang in its dwelling, duly, he sits down to the Frühstückstisch, in order to read in „my fight “. The second act shows the toilsome and monotonous work everyday life at the assembly-line of a ammunition factory. When the situation becomes intolerable, Donald in its bed in the USA awakes and notices overjoyed that he only dreamed everything.

plates and exaggerations

„the Fuehrer's Face “puts full malicious-ironical allusions on the third realm and allegedly „typically German “virtues and customs. The intention at that time of the film was it to represent the everyday life of an average German as negatively as possible in order to demonstrate so the superiority of the USA. Approximately to the following representations one falls back:

  • The wallpaper pattern in Donalds room, the shrubs and trees before the house and the numbers of the bell as well as the Mühlräder at the windmills in the background have the form of swastikas.
  • The Kuckuck from - typically Germans - the Kuckucksuhr raises the hand to the Hitler greeting and walks „welfare! “. It has a Bärtchen and a Seitenscheitel.
  • The house of Donald duck karikiert with skillfully used shade (as vertices), Dachgiebeln and the window (as beard) the face of Adolf Hitler.
  • The bell carries a Pickelhaube, its for pointers suggests a Hitler greeting.
  • On the wall a picture with the label “welfare Sweet welfare” hangs.
  • The blowing chapel from the first scene karikiert „the march music loving German “. It marches in the Stechschritt.
  • „My fight “is represented as obligation reading of all Germans.
  • Donald receives scarcely roared instructions from a German soldier („up, immediately! “„Mach fast! “). If it obeys not immediately, it is threatened with a bayonet.
  • Donald has one bean available for the preparation of a cup coffee only. It needs a saw, in order to cut stone-hard bread.

Opposite the sound American world stands, in which Donald at the end of the film awakes. Similarly as before the swastika here the US flag is the prevailing symbol. Over the bed a sign with the label „“and contrary to the grey world of the Germans hangs Home Sweet Home is sun-through-flooded the room. A miniature of the liberty statue, whose raised torch/flare reminds in the first moment of a Hitler greeting, stands on the window board and by Donald joyfully into the arm is closed. The Cartoon ends to I'm with the words „glad tons A citizen OF the United States OF America! “(„I am to be been glad, a citizen of the United States from America to! “).

Due to the fact that Donald duck in the film occasionally than Nazi one porträtiert, the film was held by Disney for a long time under catch. Since 2004 it is in the USA on the double DVD rolls Disney: On the front LINEs available, in Germany he was however never officially published or specified.

the song

beside the film exists also a song of the same name, sung from „spike Jones and his to town center Slickers “. It is to be heard in the first scene of the Cartoons and was very popular into the 1940er years. The melody parodiert the refuge Wessel song. A variation of the song used Mel Brooks in its film „its or Nichtsein “(„tons or emergency ton “) (1983).


  • 1943 - OSCAR in the category best Kurzfilm (Cartoon) of the yearly 1942


DVD publications

  • roll Disney on the front LINEs. The was Years. Row „roll Disney Treasures “. 2-DVD-Set. Roll Disney Home video 2004 (US publication in the RC1-Code in the English original version)

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