MECKI INTRODUCES HIMSELF.
Hedgehog looks kind of like the late Ernst-Hugo Järegård.
The short is by Paul, Ferdinand and Hermann Diehl, animators active in Germany from the late 20s to the 60s. So yes, they worked during the Nazi era. When the war cut off the supply of Disney and other American cartoons, the state ordered the development of lots of German product to take their place. So it was a good time to be an animator, I guess. (More on this subject soon.) Some of the Diehl films are kind of disturbing, particularly MAX UND MORITZ, which will ruin your life for weeks if you see it. Two horrible kids do horrible, horrible things, and are eventually punished by being burned to ash in an oven. Those wacky Nazis. Even when they were entertaining the kiddies, they were cremating people.
Seriously, don’t look at this film. I don’t even know if it’s available but I’m not providing a link. I’m not trying to make you curious, I’m trying to protect you. Brrr.
This one is safe to watch, I don’t think it’ll make you miserable, but the talking disembodied hedgehog head is kind of alarming. The threatened roadkill/spanking scene also may disturb. In fact, yeah, persons of a sensitive disposition should just avoid all German animation.
A (slightly) more innocuous form of German kids’ entertainment will feature in The Forgotten this week.
Diehl films can be bought –
Video via Refrederator at YouTube.