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First Victory Home Loan: Squander Bug (1945)


This animated propaganda film urges all Australians to invest in the war effort by putting all their spare money into the first Victory Loan and 4th Liberty Loan as well as buying National Savings stamps. Squandering your money is portrayed as unpatriotic.

Curator’s notes

Propaganda films are used to persuade and sway opinion. This Squander Bug advertisement aimed to persuade Australians to donate money to the war effort, portraying it as patriotic and a show of commitment to the cause.

The film uses cell animation technique. Transparencies portraying foreground action are overlaid so that backgrounds do not have to be repeated but it is still a painstaking and time consuming process.