Thursday, January 29, 2009

Will This Pinocchio Come to Life?

Walt Disney's second full length animated feature Pinocchio had its Hollywood premiere on February 9, 1940, and within two days had quickly entered the popular culture via this editorial cartoon that appeared in the February 11th edition of the Los Angeles Times.

The cartoon, created by Bruce Russell, satirized then President Franklin D. Roosevelt's potential designs on seeking an unprecedented third term in the White House. FDR's symbolic "3RD TERM" Pinocchio came to life later that year, and he would go on to successfully win a fourth term in 1944.