Fact checking. An animation that “predicts” a pandemic was created in 1930? – Observer

A black and white cartoon video about the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic has been posted on Facebook. The person who shared it says it was created in 1930 and suggests disease control measures are similar to those used to contain Covid-19 and a tactic for ‘dictators’ to take control of the world. However, it is false that this video was made in 1930.

The nearly two-minute video shows an alleged plan by outside forces on “how to take over the world”. “It’s their plan,” they say. Then, between small animated videos, and in the style of silent films of the 1920s and 1930s, it is interspersed with images on a black background with the following sentences in white and in English:Introduce weaponized flu(“Introduce a flu as a weapon”); “Flood the newspapers and the radio with death(“Flood the newspapers and radios with death”); “Close shops and churches(“Closing businesses and churches”); “Using law enforcement to stifle dissent(“Using authority to suppress dissent”); “Parade the sick and the dead » (Parade of the Sick and the Dead»); “Inject a “vaccine” to sterilize the workers and euthanize the old” (“Inject a ‘vaccine’ to sterilize those who don’t want to work and who are lazy and euthanize the old” – note: the word euthanize is misspelled in English); “The people who own the banks now own the hospitals.” (“The owners of the banks now own the hospitals”); and finally, “It’s their plan to possess you(“It’s their plan to possess you”).

This animation, which can be seen below through one of the many shares that have been made on platforms on the internet, still appears on an inclined plane as a recording of a projected broadcast made in the style of cinema mute from the 1930s.

[Abaixo pode ver o vídeo em causa que tem sido partilha]

Now, after being shared multiple times since 2021, the same video has already been fact-checked by other outlets that have dismantled the idea that it was created in 1930. As well as the supposed old report of the implementation of a Machiavellian plan that society will live with the Covid-19 pandemic. An example is the Reuters fact-check, published on July 27, 2021 and which can be read of this hyperlink, or that of Hoax Eye, published on June 30, 2021 and which can be read in this hyperlink.


One of the earliest examples that the video is not from the 1930s is evidenced by the music used. The melody, from the blues musical genre and nicknamed “St James Infirmary Blues”, as the music cataloging platform evokes. genius, became known in 1928 thanks to Louis Armstrong. However, as the same source says, the video version only appeared for the first time in 1933 in the animation “Betty Boop: Blanche-Neige” (“Betty Boop: Blanche-Neige”, in Portuguese). In this film, which we can see in this hyperlinkyou hear the version of the song “St James Infirmary Blues” made by Cab Calloway which was used for the animation which is not from 1930 to fool the viewer.

As Hoax Eye points out, this version of the song wasn’t reused until 1983 (for 50 years) due to copyright rules that protected it. Additionally, several animations and movements in the video are quite similar to the 1933 Betty Boop short and other animations of the American character, such as “Red Hot Mamma”, showing that this was the inspiration for the same, said The Reuters. This last animation can be seen through the video in this hyperlink shared on YouTube.

This claim is supported by a statement to Reuters from Fleischer Studios, the studio that created and owns the character of Betty Boop, in which the company confirms that several scenes from this film were misused in the creation of this video on a pandemic.

The studio sent Reuters the video which can be seen below and which was published on YouTubein which we can see the comparison of several parts of the fake 1930 video with other cartoons of the time, proving that this one copied images to pretend that it is old.

[Abaixo, um vídeo que mostra como quem fez o alegado vídeo de 1930 copiou animações de outros desenhos-animados da década de 1920 e 1930]

All of this evidence to show that the video was made with the intention of appearing older than it actually is might be enough to dismantle its alleged antiquity. However, there is more. As Reuters notes, the animation uses the phrase “militarize(“to use as a weapon”, in Portuguese). This English term, as indicated in the dictionary of Merriam Websterwas first used in 1957. That’s 24 years after the alleged video.

Finally, as noted by a Twitter user who follows the “Fake History Hunter”, a page dedicated to finding and examining errors in alleged old content, and as Hoax Eye mentions, the police of characters used in the film were not created during this decade. , but later. It’s called Oleo Script and it’s an open access font that can be downloaded on multiple platforms, like this one on Google.

Since the video was not created in the 1930s, as claimed by the author, it is not possible to rigorously guarantee this moment. A search of the history of this video reveals that the the earliest possible upload was made on May 31, 2021when it appeared on BitChute, a portal for sharing this type of content.

The video in question was created in an attempt to appear old to infer that decades ago someone planned to use a pandemic like the Spanish Flu to control the population through measures such as vaccination. The claim that “91 years later, any similarity is not mere coincidence” shows whoever shared it wants to make the connection to Covid-19, trying to back it up with a video that doesn’t was not created in 1930. It’s a video that copies animations from oldies cartoons to try to scare those who see it and make them question the measures applied in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic .

Thus, according to the Observer classification system, this content is:


In the Facebook ranking system, this content is:

FAKE: The main content claims are factually inaccurate. Typically, this option matches “false” or “mostly false” ratings on fact-checking websites.

Note: This content was curated by the Observer as part of a fact-checking partnership with Facebook.

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