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After Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, much of Hollywood went to war. That didn’t just mean directors like Frank Capra and actors like Glenn Ford; Donald Duck and other ‘toons enlisted, too. These familiar characters embodied the wisecracking, no-nonsense spirit of America, and were only too happy to take on Hitler and Tojo in cartoons that today seem rather odd (and in some cases distinctly racist). Walter Braamhorst and Guus van Waveren’s documentary Ductators examines the many roles played by animated characters in wartime propaganda and education efforts, including the work of both Hollywood studios and the government itself. This screening of the 70-minute film will be followed by some examples of wartime cartoons from the National Archives’ motion picture collection. At noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 501-5000. (Mark Jenkins)