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 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 19: Four years before Walt Disney's groundbreaking feature film, Fleischer Studios released their own version of "Snow White". This cartoon, originally released on March 31, 1933, continues the Fleischer tradition of appearances by popular musicians of the day. Cab Calloway (1907-1994), appeared in three Fleischer cartoons in 1932-1933. The studio utilized their patented technique … Continue reading “Snow White” (1933)
Day 17: Today we have another, later entry in the "Screen Songs" series, "Boo Boo Theme Song!", originally released on October 3, 1933. By 1933, the series always contained a live action appearance by a popular performer or group, in this case the now-forgotten "Funnyboners". Unfortunately, when the cartoons were reissued for television in the … Continue reading “Boo Boo Theme Song!” (1933)
Day 14: Today's cartoon is another Fleischer film, "Betty Boop's Penthouse", originally released on March 10, 1933, featuring Bimbo and Koko as mad scientists in a parody of the then-recent 1931 film "Frankenstein". A name to note in the credits is Willard Bowsky (1907-1944), who liked filling his cartoons with such grotesqueries and did so … Continue reading “Betty Boop’s Penthouse” (1933)
Day 12: Betty, Koko and Bimbo (in his final appearance) return to be terrorized by ghosts once again, this time in a haunted coal mine. "I Heard", originally originally released on September 1, 1933, features a fantastic soundtrack by Don Redman (1900-1964), a popular jazz musician of the 1930s. Three of Redman's hit songs are … Continue reading “I Heard” (1933)