Der Fuehrer's Face

Synopsis: A marching band of Germans, Italians, and Japanese march through the streets of swastika-motif Nutziland, serenading "Der Fuehrer's Face." Donald Duck, not living in the region by choice, struggles to make do with disgusting Nazi food rations and then with his day of toil at a Nazi artillery factory. After a nervous breakdown, Donald awakens to find that his experience was in fact a nightmare.
Genre: Family, Short, War
Director(s): Jack Kinney
8 min

In time of war, it's typical,

sometimes even useful,

to demonize your enemy.

We still see this today,

whenever a dictator or despot

comes to power anywhere in the world.

Caricatures and jokes,

not always in the best of taste,

rise to the forefront because it's our way

of relieving aggression.

So it was in World War ll.

Some people feared Adolf Hitler.

Others mocked him.

The Disney staff came up with the idea for

a cartoon to be titled,

Donald Duck in Nutzi Land.

Giving the All-American duck a nightmare

that he was living

in a country run by Nazis.

The title changed when a song

written for the cartoon

by Oliver Wallace became a runaway hit,

in a now classic recording

by Spike Jones.

It then became essential

to change the name of the cartoon

to Der Fuehrer's Face.

It's easy to see

why the film was so popular.

It's very, very funny.

Reducing the serious tenets

of Hitler's Nazism

to slapstick absurdities.

And it gave audiences a chance to think,

as Donald does, about the freedoms

they might have taken for granted.

Am I glad to be a citizen

of the United States of America!

Der Fuehrer's Face, directed

by Jack Kinney, won the Academy Award

as Best Animated Short Subject of 1943.

When der Fuehrer says

We is the master race

We heiI! HeiI!

Right in

der Fuehrer's face

Not to love der Fuehrer

Is a great disgrace

So we heil! Heil!

Right in

der Fuehrer's face

When Herr Goebbels says

We own the world

and space

We heil! Heil!

Right in

Herr Goebbels' face

When Herr Goering says

They'll never bomb

this place

We heil! Heil!

Right in

Herr Goering's face

Is we not

the supermen?

Aryan pure supermen

Ja, we is the supermen

Super-duper supermen

Is this Nutzi Land

so good?

Would you leave it

if you could?

Ja, this Nutzi Land

is good

We wouldn't leave it

if we could

We bring the world

to order

HeiI Hitler's

new world order


of foreign race

Will love

der Fuehrer's face

When we bring

to the world disorder

When der Fuehrer says

we is the master race

We heil! Heil!

Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler.

So we hei! Heil!

Heil! Heil!

Heil Hitler!

Shut up!

Heil Hitler!

Heil Hirohito!

Heil Mussolini!

Ohh, heil.

Oh, boy, oh, boy.

Am I hungry.

Oh, boy, oh, boy.

I'm so hungry.



Improve the mind!

HeiI Hitler!

When der Fuehrer says

we is the master race

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Heil!

Keep stomping!


workers of Nutzi Land!

What a glorious privilege

is yours...

to be a Nutzi...

to work 48 hours a day

for der Fuehrer.

When der Fuehrer says

We heil! Heil!

But still

we work like slaves

While der Fuehrer brags

And lies and rants

and raves

We heiI! HeiI!

And work

into our graves

Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler!

Get to work!

Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler!

When der Fuehrer yells

"I got to have

more shells"

We heil! Heil!

For him

we make more shells

If one little shell

should blow him right to-

We'll heil! Heil!

And wouldn't that

be swell

Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler!

Is this not wonderfuI?

Is not our Fuehrer glorious?

Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler!

What's that you say,


Heil Hitler!

Heil Hitler.


Attention, workers!

Through the kindness

of der Fuehrer...

now comes the vacation

mit pay!

Ach, the beautifuI Alps...

mit the birds...

und the beautifuI scenery.

Not forgetting to build up

the body...

so we can work harder

for der Fuehrer!

Heil Hitler.

One, two, three, heil!

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Joe Grant

Joe Grant was a Jewish animator and writer for The Walt Disney Company. He co-wrote "Der Führer's Face" with fellow Disney legend Dick Huemer. more…

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