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 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)
Day 11: Fifteen years before Walt Disney's well known adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" (1949), Ub Iwerks released his own adaptation of the Washington Irving classic. In the four years since Iwerks left Disney, Walt had become the most successful cartoon producer in the business … Continue reading “The Headless Horseman” (1934)
Day 10: Today we have more of Max Fleischer's Betty Boop and another cartoon set in Hell, "Red Hot Mamma", originally released on February 2, 1934. This one bears some similarities to 1929's "Hell's Bells", but while the Disney cartoon uses a classical music soundtrack (somewhat anticipating 1940's "Fantasia"), this cartoon goes for (literally) hot … Continue reading “Red Hot Mamma” (1934)
I figured I should post these photos before the year was out. Dates carved into cement 100, 80 and 50 years ago respectively.
December 5th marked the 81st anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The University of Idaho Special Collections blog posted a few things to celebrate the anniversary. I found and photographed the 1930 editorial and the 1934 advertisement from the Argonaut seen in this post. http://uispecialcollections.tumblr.com/post/104450768768/a-delightful-law-to-be-broken