“Der Fuehrer’s Face” Walt Disney Sheet Music (1942)

This unique WWII-era sheet music features artwork, music, and lyrics from the 1943 Walt Disney animated short “Der Fuehrer’s Face.” As indicated on the title page, the cartoon was produced under the working title “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land,” but was rebranded after the immense popularity of Spike Jones’ recording of Oliver Wallace’s title track. The music was published ahead of the short’s release in 1942 by Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc. (NYC), and only pre-release versions include the reference to the film’s original title. In addition to the front cover’s Hitler caricature (receiving a tomato in the eye from Donald’s hand), the back sports a Disney-created WWII insignia featuring Donald, alongside Mickey, Pluto, and the Three Little Pigs. The short itself, which follows Donald through a Nazi-inspired nightmare sequence, won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, the catchy tune figuring prominently into the action of the film.

Ven Der Fuehrere says, “Ve iss der Master Race,”

Ve Heil! Heil! Right in DER FUEHRER’S FACE,

Not to luff der Fuehrer iss a great disgrace,

So ve Heil! Heil! Right in DER FUEHRER’S FACE.

Ven Herr Goebbels says, “Ve own der Vorld und Space,”

Ve Heil! Heil! Right in Herr Goebbel’s face,

Ven Herr Goehring says: “Dey’ll neffer bomb dis place,”

Ve Heil! Heil! Right in Herr Goehring’s face.

 

Iss ve not der Supermen? Aryan pure, Supermen?

Ya! Ve iss  der Supermen, Super, Duper, Supermen!

Iss der nutzi land so goot? Vould you leave it if you could?

Ya! Dis nutzi land iss goot, Ve could leave it if ve could!

Ve bring der vorld new order, Heil Hitler’s vorld “New Order!”

Ev’ry one of foreign race, vill luff DER FUEHRER’S FACE,

Ven ve bring to der vorld disorder.

 

Ve Der Fuehrer ays, “Dis war von’t last so long,”

Ve Heil! Heil! Although he could be wrong;

If you doubt Der Fuehrer, you von’t last so long,

So ve Heil! Heil! But still he could be wrong.

Ven Herr Goebbels says, “Ve’ll get some meat next veek,”

Ve Heil! Heil! But ve vould rather eat;

But to doubt Herr Goebbels vould be indiscreet,

So ve Heil! Heil! But still ve got no meat.

 

Has ve nutzis any friends? Many friends, Aryan friends?

Ya! Us nutzis, ve haff friends, Ve haff many Aryan friends.

Mussolini iss our friend, Hirohito iss our friend,

And Laval, he iss our friend, But ve’ll get dem in the end!

We’ve tried to take each country; But dere iss just von country;

It’s just twenty miles away, vhere those “blarsted British” play,

But they von’t let us have their country.

 

Ven Der Feuhrer says, “Ve iss der Master Race,”

Ve Heil! Heil! Right in Der Fuehrer’s Face;

Not to luff der Fuehrer iss a great disgrace,

So ve Heil! Heil! Right in DER FUEHRER’S FACE.

Ven Der Fuehrer says, “Ve iss der Master Race,”

Ve Heil! Heil! Right in Der Fuehrer’s Face;

But some day in hell, he’ll be right in his place,

Den ve’ll Heil! Heil! Right in DER FUEHRER’S FACE.

 

So ve Heil! Heil! Right in DER FUEHRER’S FACE. Heil!

This example of anti-Nazi propaganda from the Studio’s war years represents not only a departure from their usual business of family entertainment, but a rare glimpse of Disney’s involvement in one of the most volatile periods in modern world history.

VALUE: This early-print version (“Donald Duck in Nutzi Land”) in good condition generally fetches around $50.

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