VINTAGE CARTOONS


  

Cast: Betty Boop
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

An action figure of Betty Boop drops in on a small toy shop; the other toys come to life and crown her their queen. But there's a big rag doll of King Kong... Based on the titular classical music.


  

Cast: Mae Questel
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

An old-fashioned mortgage melodrama... A cold hearted villian who holds Betty's mortgage wishes to force his affection on Betty in lieu of rent - till Fearless Freddy saves the day!


  

Cast: Betty Boop, Koko, Bimbo and Cab Calloway
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Cab Calloway's wailing rendition of St. James Infirmary adds a dark and sinister undercurrent to the old Snow White story, a juxtaposition especially of interest because the song is supposed to be about a girl who died of a cocaine overdose, and "snow" is another name for cocaine. Leslie Cabarga has suggested that the Fleischers were unaware of the significance of this and the other songs that Cab performed for Betty Boop cartoons, but the cave imagery suggests that the animator, at least, knew what was going on. SOURCE: http://www.heptune.com/snowwhit.html


  

Cast: Betty Boop and Cab Calloway
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Cab Calloway sings "Old Man Of The Mountain" and "The Scat Song". The Fleisher organization cartoons of this period remain the gold standard.


  

Cast: Mae Questel
Running Time: 6 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

She can't type. She can't spell. But Betty has everything that her woman-chasing new boss wants!


  

Cast: Billy Bletcher
Running Time: 9 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Features Ub Iwerks' elongated body style, this classic is a pastiche of nursery rhymes; Little Boy Blue, Little Bo Peep, and The Big Bad Wolf. The short opens with a scarecrow prompting Little Boy Blue to blow his horn, causing a black sheep of Bo Peep's to do the Charleston. The mischievious black sheep then gets a wolf mask to scare the white sheep, but runs across a real wolf. The BB Wolf then catches one of the sheep, and Bo Peep, Boy Blue, and the scarecrow run off to save it. Interestingly, the scarecrow does most of the work in this short.


  

Cast: Mel Blanc
Running Time: 9 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Relaxing with a carrot at an army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power," and scoffs at the notion of "gremlins," little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their "dia-bo-lickal sabo-tay-gee." His reading is interrupted by a clanging sound, and it turns out to be a little wing-headed being pounding on a blockbuster bomb with a mallet.


  

Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

At an orphanage, a group of lonely kids are given broken toys, leaving these sad youngsters without a Merry Christmas, until Professor Grampy, traveling in his self-propelled sled, sees the unhappy kids. The brilliant inventor puts on his thinking cap to find a solution to this problem. After a few false starts, the light bulb on Professor Grampy's cap lights up. He heads into the orphanage and creates a series of homemade toys from kitchen utensils. Then he decorates the main room with soap chips, cotton and other items, creating a Santa suit from red cloth, stovepipes and a red bag. He rings a dinner bell and calls the kids in. The kids, seeing Grampy as Santa, rush in happily. They play with their new and better toys. To complete the festive moment, Grampy Claus takes some umbrellas and fastens them to a record player turntable to make a Christmas tree.


  

Cast: Jack Mercer as the Spider (voice)
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

A spider runs a hotel for flies where he keeps his guests captive. A pair of fly newlyweds arrive and check in. Fortunately, the husband is "flyweight champion". After a pitched battle featuring arrows (fountain pen nibs) and a machinegun (aspirins shot from a perfume atomizer), the spider winds up in a bottle of library paste. Weird! Creepy!


  

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

One in a series of Color Classics produced by Dave Fleischer Studios. Various animal newlyweds take a rocket ship to the moon, where they dance the night away to "Dancing on the Moon (With You In My Arms)." This gem owes much to the lush musicals of the early 1930s. It takes full advantage of the grand visual effects that were one of the Fleischers best assets. Even when trying to be sweet and sugary, there's a little dart or two just to keep things from getting too saccharine. Fantastic effort and one of the better Color Classics!

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