Tag Archives: Fleischer

Gulliver’s Travels (1939) — Fleischer Studios Feature Animated Film

Gulliver's Travels (1939) - Fleischer Studios

Gulliver’s Trav­els (1939) — Fleis­cher Studios

CotD: Yes­ter­day we had Snow White; two years and a day later, “Gulliver’s Trav­els” was released.… the sec­ond fully ani­mated fea­ture film.

Gulliver’s Trav­els (1939) — Fleis­cher Stu­dios Fea­ture Ani­mated Film

Ship­wrecked by a storm at sea, normal-sized Lemuel Gul­liver washes up on the shore of Lil­liput, where the cit­i­zens are no larger than Gulliver’s thumb.

Dis­cov­ered by excitable town crier (and gen­eral fuss-budget) Gabby, Gul­liver is roped to the ground by Lil­liputians, only to escape with ease upon wak­ing up. While long­ing to head home to Eng­land, Gul­liver becomes involved in a feud between Lilliput’s King Lit­tle and Blefuscu’s King Bombo. On the eve of the wed­ding between Little’s daugh­ter, Princess Glory, and Bombo’s son, Prince David, the two mon­archs have a falling-out over which national anthem will be played at the ceremony.

Gul­liver attempts to pre­vent war between Lil­liput and equally minus­cule rival Ble­fuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between David and Glory. In this, he is alter­nately aided and ham­pered by Gabby.

After a series of mis­un­der­stand­ings and intrigues, Gul­liver solves everyone’s prob­lems by sug­gest­ing that both anthems be played together, result­ing in the song “Faith­ful Forever.”

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Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor (1936) — Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor (1936) - Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Pop­eye The Sailor Meets Sind­bad The Sailor (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

CotD: Popeye’s first color car­toon “Pop­eye The Sailor Meets Sind­bad The Sailor” was a two-reeler; twice as long as a stan­dard short of the time.

Pop­eye The Sailor Meets Sind­bad The Sailor (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Pop­eye and Olive Oyl visit the mys­te­ri­ous island of Sind­bad and his two-headed giant, lions, drag­ons and other fab­u­lous crea­tures of leg­end. Sind­bad boasts that he is the great­est until he hears “Pop­eye the Sailor” when he asks who’s the best.

He sends his giant bird, Rokh, to wreck Popeye’s boat and cap­ture Olive. Pop­eye out-growls Sindbad’s lions. Pop­eye and Sind­bad finally fight it out, spinach-style, and Pop­eye res­cues Olive.

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Strike Up The Band (1930) — Screen Songs Theatrical Cartoon Series

Fleischer Screen Songs Theatrical Cartoon Series

Fleis­cher Screen Songs The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

CotD: One of the Fleis­ch­ers’ Screen Songs “Strike Up The Band” fea­tured a bounc­ing bis­cuit rather than the nor­mal bounc­ing ball…

Strike Up The Band (1930) — Screen Songs The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

A boat sails the sea at night, with the moon watch­ing from above. Bimbo-like sailors march around the deck, then fall through a trap door. They land at the mess table, with lots of other ani­mal sailors, accom­pa­nied by the Sailor’s Horn­pipe. A bounc­ing bis­cuit becomes the bounc­ing ball. First we hear “Jack Is The King Of The Dark Blue Sea,” then “Strike Up The Band.” Two danc­ing Bimbo-like sailors go under­wa­ter, where they see lots of mer­maids. One sailor hangs out on a buoy, smooching with mer­maids. Watch “Strike Up The Band” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Pudgy The Watchman (1938) — Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

Pudgy The Watchman (1938)

Pudgy The Watch­man (1938)

CotD: Post-code Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toons like “Pudgy The Watch­man” is not as sexy as the ear­lier shorts, but can be a lot of fun ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/1654-Pudgy_The_Watchman.html

Pudgy The Watch­man (1938) — Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Betty is conned into hir­ing Al E. Katz, a crooked cat, to solve her rodent woes because Pudgy isn’t doing his job. A tra­di­tional mean cat-vs.-cute mice strug­gle ensues. At one point, the cat shel­lacs the tails of the mice, throw­ing the rodents back­wards at a beach umbrella in a home­made dart game. Even­tu­ally, the feline shys­ter drinks a cask of cider in the cel­lar and gets sloshed. When the mice lead him on a chase back upstairs, Betty’s relieved to have Pudgy throw Katz out the window.

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Silly Scandals (1931) — Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: “Silly Scan­dals” was the first car­toon fea­tur­ing a named Betty Boop, who still has her puppy dog ears. ~

Silly Scandals (1931) - Talkartoons

Silly Scan­dals (1931) — Talkartoons

Silly Scan­dals (1931) — Talka­r­toons The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bimbo is try­ing to get in to see a the­ater stage show. Because he has no money, Bimbo tries var­i­ous dodges to sneak into the the­ater, and even­tu­ally suc­ceeds. A stan­dard set of Fleis­cher audi­ence gags fol­lows: First, Bimbo can’t see because he is behind a large hip­popota­mus who always shifts to block Bimbo’s view; the hippo is replaced by a woman with a big hat.

When she removes the hat, she has an even big­ger hairdo under­neath. Bimbo cuts off her hair, and finally, he can see the stage. The crowd cheers Betty by name when she comes on stage. She has dog ears, a white nose, lots of curls and an enor­mous head.

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Betty Boop’s May Party (1933) — Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Going way back to the Fleis­cher period and 1933 with “Betty Boop’s May Party”; come along, you’re invited ~

Betty Boop's May Party (1933) - Betty Boop Theatrical

Betty Boop’s May Party (1933) — Betty Boop Theatrical

Betty Boop’s May Party (1933) — Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

When an ele­phant punc­tures a rub­ber tree, he gets Betty– and the whole town– bouncing.

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What– No Spinach? (1936) — Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: This is one of those unfor­tu­nate car­toons that was col­orized in the 1990’s. Watch “What– No Spinach?” at BCDB ~

What-- No Spinach? (1936) - Popeye the Sailor

What– No Spinach? (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor

What– No Spinach? (1936) — Pop­eye the Sailor The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Wimpy is work­ing in Bluto’s Restau­rant and tries all sorts of tricks to get free food (includ­ing pour­ing hot sauce on Popeye’s roast duck).

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Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp (1939) — Popeye Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: The last of three two-reel spe­cial Pop­eye the­atri­cal releases and the only one pro­duced in Miami “Aladdin And His Won­der­ful Lamp”

Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp (1939) - Popeye

Aladdin And His Won­der­ful Lamp (1939) — Popeye

Aladdin And His Won­der­ful Lamp (1939) — Pop­eye The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Olive has a job at Sur­prise Pic­tures as a script girl when she dreams up a story of Pop­eye in the Aladdin tale. Pop­eye is a poor young man tricked by an evil magi­cian who tries to use him to get the lamp. The plot fails, and Pop­eye uses the lamp to become a prince and woo the princess of old Per­sia (played by Olive). The magi­cian tricks the princess into giv­ing him the lamp, and takes her for himself.

Even Aladdin/Popeye and the genie of the lamp (who looks and sounds like come­dian Lew Lehr) are no match for the wicked vil­lain until spinach defeats his evil power, allow­ing our hero to marry the princess. In the end, Olive’s story is rejected by the movie stu­dio, and the dream ends with Olive in a sea of scripts.

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Betty In Blunderland (1934) — Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Betty falls through the look­ing glass in 1934’s “Betty In Blunderland”

Betty In Blunderland

Betty In Blunderland

Betty In Blun­der­land (1934) — Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Betty Boop falls asleep while work­ing on a jig­saw puz­zle of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Won­der­land” char­ac­ters. The White Rab­bit in the puz­zle comes to life, and Betty fol­lows him through the mir­ror (a.k.a. look­ing glass) into Blun­der­land, which is just like Won­der­land, except that it has sub­way sta­tions. She finds her­self in front of a minia­ture sub­way kiosk, through which the rab­bit has passed.

She wig­gles through and falls down a long well, and crawls through a tun­nel, find­ing her­self in a room where char­ac­ters make them­selves small by drink­ing Shrink-ola. Betty drinks some her­self, and shrinks to being small enough to pass through a tiny exit. She meets up with the Car­pen­ter and the Wal­rus, Twee­dledee and Twee­dle­dum, the Mad Hat­ter, the White Rab­bit and the Queen of Hearts.

After all the inhab­i­tants of Blun­der­land emerge from the Mad Hatter’s hat, Betty greets them in song (“How Do You Do”) while they engage in var­i­ous spot gags. Sud­denly, the mon­strous Jab­ber­wock flows out of the Mad Hatter’s hat and car­ries Betty off; the Blun­der­lan­di­ans give chase in an attempt to res­cue her. The mon­ster drops Betty over a cliff and she lands, sur­rounded by the Car­roll char­ac­ters. After the entire com­pany gets pitched over a cliff, Betty wakes up. She catches the White Rab­bit and puts him back in the puz­zle, where he belongs.

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Crazy Town (1932) — Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Here comes Betty Boop and Koko in “Crazy Town” from 1932; watch it today and tell us what you think of Betty!

Crazy Town (1932) - Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon

Crazy Town (1932) — Talka­r­toons The­atri­cal Cartoon

Crazy Town (1932) — Talka­r­toons The­atri­cal Cartoon

Betty Boop and Bimbo take a street­car ride to Crazy Town for a lit­tle vaca­tion, a city where every­thing is upside-down: fishes are fly­ing, birds are swim­ming, mice are roar­ing, the lions crow like roost­ers… Sud­denly, a piano grows out of the ground, and Betty and Bimbo per­form for all the town’s animals.

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