“Jojo Rabbit” is hardly the first to spoof Hitler and the Nazis. They were targeted for mockery almost as soon as they appeared on the international radar, and have been in the crosshairs ever since:
You Nazty Spy! (1940)
The Three Stooges riffed on the Nazis and brought American audiences’ attention to them, with a plot that saw Moe being installed as the leader of the fictional country of Moronika.
The Great Dictator (1940)
Charlie Chaplin’s first sound film, released after the Stooges’ film, saw the legend playing Adenoid Hynkel, the dictator of “Tomania.” (Chaplin wrote in his autobiography that “had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I . . . could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.”)
The Producers (1967)
The Mel Brooks classic — with Dick Shawn as Hitler — subsequently turned into a Broadway hit and then another movie version, involving the production of a hilariously tasteless musical called “Springtime for Hitler.”
This war drama didn’t set out to satirize Hitler — but its scene of the dictator having a meltdown and screaming at his underlings has since become a comical internet meme for overdubbing grievances on just about anything.