Month: October 2016

“Swing You Sinners” (1930)

Day 31: The month is over and Halloween has arrived, so I'll celebrate with possibly the craziest cartoon of the 1930s. The Fleischer Talkartoon "Swing You Sinners", originally released on September 24, 1930, uses the 1930 song "Sing You Sinners" as a jumping off point and then escalates the weird and wild animation and gags … Continue reading “Swing You Sinners” (1930)


“Magic Mummy” (1933)

Day 30: One day to go until Halloween, so here's a classic from the Van Beuren studio, featuring Tom & Jerry (not the cat and mouse). In "Magic Mummy", originally released on February 7, 1933, the duo are policemen sent to investigate a stolen mummy, a case that ends up taking them in an underground … Continue reading “Magic Mummy” (1933)

“Bimbo’s Initiation” (1931)

Day 28: Another weird but entertaining entry from Fleischer Studios' "Talkartoon" series. "Bimbo's Initiation", originally released on July 24, 1931, features the title character pursued by a very determined secret society through an underground labyrinth of booby traps. One of the studio's most acclaimed films, it's wonderfully creative and unique, with some great animation as … Continue reading “Bimbo’s Initiation” (1931)

“Shiver Me Timbers” (1934)

Day 26: Betty Boop wasn't the only Fleischer character to be placed in haunted locales, the studio's other popular character, Popeye the Sailor, also had face off against menacing ghosts. Popeye's spooky adventure, "Shiver Me Timbers", originally released on July 27, 1934, takes place aboard a haunted ship full of ghost pirates and living skeletons, … Continue reading “Shiver Me Timbers” (1934)

“Spooks” (1930)

Day 25: Returning to the Walter Lantz studio with another appearance by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. "Spooks", originally released on July 14, 1930, draws its inspiration from "The Phantom of the Opera", which had been adapted into a highly popular film in 1925. That film was, like this cartoon, released by Universal Pictures. Also of … Continue reading “Spooks” (1930)