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Policy and Pie

by Nicholas Sammond

This 1918 cartoon by Gregory La Cava features the popular newspaper comic strip scamps the Katzenjammer Kids in an escapade in which they once again torment the captain. Like other cartoons of the era, this series felt free to stereotype Germans. Stereotyping was an efficient, if troubling way to express character in the compressed medium of the cartoon. Animation borrowed that "economy of stereotype" from vaudeville, in which German impersonators were called "Dutch Acts."

Policy and Pie

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A 1918 Katzenjammer Kids cartoon by Gregory La Cava, released by International Film Service.

from Policy and Pie (1918)
Creator: Gregory La Cava
Distributor: Library of Congress
Posted by Nicholas Sammond