Tag: 1930s

Pigs in a Parody.

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.

“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)

“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)