As soon as America's entrance into World War II became official following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, war production took precedence over consumer goods — shifting the U.S. to ration everything from tires and meat, to sugar and women's nylons. As a morale booster, Disney created a 1942 short film called Food Will Win the War
that highlighted America's agricultural abundance. The cartoon posited that a blizzard of flour would blind German tanks, rotund children snacking on Uncle Sam's noms would thwart the German army, and vitamins would bowl over the axis nations.
The Mickey Mouse empire was recently in the news
after a lost cartoon featuring a Mickey Mouse prototype was discovered. The 1928 animation Hungry Hobos
(who clearly fought their own food war before the Nazis showed up) is being auctioned off and features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, an early version of the famous mouse.
Watch Disney's surreal food-war fantasy below.
[Spotted via io9]