Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Journalism and Media Studies
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The focus of this proposed thesis will be on the animated propaganda films the studios of Walt Disney produced for the government during World War II, analyzing three of the most widely viewed animated features: The New Spirit (1942), Der Fuehrer's Face (1943), and Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943). These government-financed films were used to encourage Americans to pay their taxes; they generally depicted Germany as a threatening enemy and encouraged support for America's effort and involvement in the war. Using a semiotics theoretical approach, the thesis will analyze these films as propaganda to demonstrate how they were created to influence audiences. The conclusions of the study will assess their effectiveness.
Animation; Journalism—Semiotics; Propaganda, American; Semiotics and motion pictures; Walt Disney Productions; World War II
Broadcast and Video Studies | History | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication
Cunningham, Amanda Michelle, "Walt Disney and the Propaganda Complex: Government Funded Animation and Hollywood Complicity During WWII" (2014). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2072.