Abu and the Poisoned Well (1943)

Film details

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year


  • Genres

    Animation Government sponsored film

  • Type


  • Category

    Non Fiction

Alternative titles

  • Middle East Cartoon No. 2 Alternative
  • Abu's Poisoned Well Alternative


Anti-Nazi propaganda cartoon for Middle East distribution during World War II. A Nazi snake and toad modelled on Mussolini plot to poison a well. Abu is about to drink from it when a tank flying a British flag shows him it is dangerous. The snake disguises itself and gives Abu another poisioned drink. Abu develops a skull-like face and joins others to fight against the British. Abu's donkey awakens an picture of an arabic fighter on horseback who brings Abu to his senses.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top