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.”

Watch “Gulliver’s Travels” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch “Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Pudgy The Watchman at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Silly Scandals at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Betty Boop’s May Party at Big Cartoon DataBase

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).

Watch What– No Spinach? at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Betty In Blunderland at Big Cartoon DataBase

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.

Watch Crazy Town on Video Here