Any Bonds Today?
", a film that debuted in that same year. 8 out of every 13 Americans scraped together a total of $185.7 billion to invest in victory. [http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/collection/object.asp?ID=681]
The song was written in
1942for a one and a half minute animated propaganda filmdistributed by Warner Bros.during World War II. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and directed by Bob Clampettfor the U.S. Treasury Department. The short had Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pigencouraging theater audiences to buy bonds for the war effort.
Other artists also sang this Irving Berlin song, such as the popular
Andrews Sisters. [http://www.rhapsody.com/player?type=track&id=tra.12108457&remote=false&page=&pageregion=&guid=&from=&pcode=rn&hasrhapx=false&__pcode= listen to the song here]
[Verse:] The tall man with the high hat and the whiskers on his chinWill soon be knocking at your door and you ought to be inThe tall man with the high hat will be coming down your wayGet your savings out when you hear him shout "Any bonds today?" [Refrain:] Any bonds today?Bonds of freedomThat's what I'm sellingAny bonds today?Scrape up the most you canHere comes the freedom manAsking you to buy a share of freedom todayAny stamps today?We'll be blestIf we all investIn the U.S.A.Here comes the freedom manCan't make tomorrow's planNot unless you buy a share of freedom todayFirst came the Czechs and then came the PolesAnd then the Norwegians with three million soulsThen came the Dutch, the Belgians and FranceThen all of the Balkans with hardly a chanceIt's all in the Book if only you lookIt's there if you read the textThey fell ev'ry one at the point of a gunAmerica mustn't be nextAny bonds today?All you giveWill be spent to liveIn the Yankee wayScrape up the most you canHere comes the freedom manAsking you to buy a share of freedom today
An already short cartoon, even by the standards of film cartoon shorts (which rarely exceeded ten minutes in length), the film has been shortened in most releases today even further to excise a sequence where Bugs Bunny
parodiesa blackfaced Al Jolson. "Any Bonds Today?" is also one of the last of five cartoons (counting this one) in which Elmer Fudd appeared as a chubbier version than his earlier and later appearances. The chubby Elmer was made to parody the physique of Elmer's voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan. Bob Clampett made these shorts with a fat Elmer because he could not make Porky fatter, as Porky had been in his first cartoon, " I Haven't Got a Hat".
*This was one of the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons that Time Warner declined to allow Cartoon Network to air during June Bugs in 2001 due to ethnic stereotypes (though this cartoon did air on a
ToonHeadsspecial about lost and rare cartoons, only with the Al Jolson part of the song cut).
* Schneider, Steve (1990). "That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation". Henry Holt & Co.
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