Jan from Animated Film Tulips Shall Grow by George Pal

Jan from Animated Film Tulips Shall Grow by George Pal

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Description (Brief)
Jan is a brightly painted wooden doll with blond hair dressed in traditional Dutch clothing and wearing a black hat. He was created by George Pal for his 1942 production Tulips Shall Grow, an anti-war parody of the rise of the Nazi regime in Europe. This was one of Pal's earliest movies made in the United States. Regarded as an historically significant film, Tulips Shall Grow was nominated to the National Film Registry in 1997 and placed in the archives of the Library of Congress.
In this film, a Dutch couple enjoying Holland's beautiful landscape with its windmills and tulips witness the invasion of the Nazis that terrorizes the countryside and causes death and destruction in this beautiful country. Literally made to look like nuts, bolts, and screws, the shape and stance of these animated figures represent the rigid and combative mentality of the Nazi soldiers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
figure, animation
maker; producer
Pal, George
Walter Lantz Production
Pal, George
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 7 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 38.1 cm x 19.685 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Elisabeth Pal
Motion Pictures
World War II
World War II
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Movie Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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