9 Weird Disney Education And Propaganda Films

In the ’40s, Disney produced animated shorts instructing Americans on everything from menstruation to Hitler’s horribleness to why “teachers are people.”

The Story of Menstruation

What: 10 educational minutes for girls of a certain age.
Choice Quote: "Why is nature always called Mother Nature? Perhaps it's because, like any mother, she quietly manages so much of our living without our ever realizing there's a woman at work."

Private Snafu

What: A military training film commissioned by the U.S. Army to instruct soldiers on the importance of keeping military secrets. Don't tell your mom anything! Also that pretty lady is hiding Nazi microphones in her breasts.
Choice Quote: "'Cause when I learn a secret, boy I zipper up my lip."

Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi

What: This was produced during WWII when Disney was under contract to create films for the government. This legitimately scary 10-minute film tells the story of young Hans, an innocent German child, who, under Hitler's scary, oppressive presence, becomes an evil Nazi.
Choice Quote: "Marching and heil-ing...Hans grows up. In him is planted no seed of laughter, hope, tolerance, or mercy. For him, only heil-ing and marching...as the years grind on. Manhood finds him still heil-ing and marching, but the grim years of regimentation have done their work. Now he is a good Nazi."

How to Play Golf

What: Goofy demonstrates (or attempts to demonstrate) as the narrator explains the facets of the game.
Choice Quote: "Contrary to popular belief, golf is not a waste of time."


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