In honor of our Constitution's 230th anniversary, a couple of political cartoons celebrating the 150th anniversary in 1937. They're 80 years old and yet remain a timeless affirmation of American values. They speak to why our system of government and our rights and freedoms are so valuable. These things are something many today either take … Continue reading Constitution Day: 1787, 1937 and 2017.
In the spring of 1933, Walt Disney released what unexpectedly became one of his studio's biggest hits, Three Little Pigs. The short cartoon, and the original song it contained, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, became smash hits. The story of these pigs literally keeping the wolf away from their door and their defiant song connected with … Continue reading Pigs in a Parody.
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)
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)
Day 29: It's been a while since we've had any Mickey Mouse cartoons in the lineup, so here's one of his most eerie adventures. "The Mad Doctor", originally released on January 21, 1933, features Mickey fighting his way through a haunted castle in order to rescue Pluto from the clutches of a mad scientist bent … Continue reading “The Mad Doctor” (1933)
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)
Day 27: Today we have Betty Boop in one of her earliest. "Mysterious Mose", originally released on December 26, 1930, was only the character's third appearance. As she was initially designed as a love interest for the character Bimbo, Betty was a dog as well in her early appearances in 1930 and 1931. Betty was … Continue reading “Mysterious Mose” (1930)