Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004
In both World Wars, Americans were encouraged to plant vegetable gardens to assist in stretching food supplies, which millions in fact did. Thus, jokes about Victory Gardens inevitably registered with contemporary audiences, and were used in several cartoons. References can be seen in Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk (Freleng, 1943) where the Giant catches Bugs using an axe to chop down a giant carrot, A Tale of Two Kitties (Clampett, 1942) in which Babbit is seen watering a Victory Garden, and Buckaroo Bugs (Clampett, 1944) where Bugs has pinched all the carrots from the Victory Garden maintained in a small San Fernando Alley town. A Victory Garden, fueled by horse manure, is also seen in the Private Snafu short The Home Front (Tashlin, 1943).