You know, if I had to come up with a fairy-tale metaphor showing Democracy as a maleficent force trying to “keep Germany down,” I’d probably use Cinderella. Then I could add several more layers to the story — the evil stepsisters as the “allied powers,” the fairy-godmother as Goebbels, the Prince as… I don’t know, Hitler. Rapunzel is just so boring.

Oh, wait. Rapunzel was an Aryan broad, and Cinderella probably had syphilis. My bad.

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  • What is interesting is that there was no mention of antisemitism in this cartoon, though it was surely among the most salient aspects of the Nazi regime. This, I think, reflects the latent (and certainly milder) antisemitism common among Americans at the time, and characteristic of Disney.