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  • Early Sound

    Bosko Shipwrecked!

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Producer(s): Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising

    Release Date: 19/09/1931

    "Bosko attempts to steer a boat through a storm to no avail. He then washes ashore only to be hassled by the local wildlife.Bosko and the lion's alternation between movement towards and away from the spectator deserves particular note for its innovati..."

    Dinner Time

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Paul Terry

    Release Date: 17/12/1928 (copyright date, possibly not release date)

    "An early example of sound animation. In it, animals square off against each other and then join forces against a Butcher (Farmer Alfalfa)."

    Flip the Frog – Spooks

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Ub Iwerks, Pat Powers

    Release Date: 21/12/1931

    "Seeking shelter from a storm, Flip and his horse arrive at a house which, unbeknownst to them, is inhabited entirely by skeletons. Flip sits through a ghoulish dinner with the head of the house before enjoying a bout of dancing with a lady skeleton. ..."

    Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing (1916)

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Making ‘Em Move

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Release Date: 1931

    "A classic 1931's cartoon from Van Beuren Studios, Make 'Em Move depicts a mischievous female character whom stumbles in onto the scene of a cartoon factory bursting with drawings and jazz music. The animals depicted create animation much like themsel..."

    Pigs is Pigs

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger 

    Release Date: 1937

    "This 1937 Merrie Melodies short stereotypes pigs as gluttonous, insatiable beings whose mortal sins have explosive consequences. Piggy has a hunger that cannot be fulfilled, and much to the chagrin of his mother all he does throughout the day is fant..."

    Popeye the Sailor

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Max Fleischer

    "This Popeye The Sailor cartoon features Betty Boop, as well as a live action intro featuring Popeye on the cover of a real newspaper. In this cartoon short Olive and Popeye go to the fun fare, and play games in attempt to win prizes, only to be usu..."

    School Days (1932)

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    Release Date: 14/05/1932

    "School Days features Flip trying to prevent his dog from coming to school with him. His dog eventually comes all the way to school, however, wreaking havoc in the classroom by chasing a skunk in. Everyone runs from the classroom, ending school early."

    Silly Scandals

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Producer(s): Max Fleischer, Adolph Zukor

    Release Date: 23/05/1931

    "This cartoon marks the origin of Betty Boop (at least the name anyway, the character, or at least one with an uncanny resemblance, had appeared before). Bimbo sneaks into a vaudeville theater to see Betty perform. He is enthralled with her performanc..."

    Sinkin’ In The Bathtub

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger

    Release Date: 19/04/1930

    "Both racist and a blatant ripoff of Mickey Mouse, this is the first Looney Tunes cartoon. It follows Bosko bathing and then having an adventure on a tiny anthropomorphic train, during this he courts Honey."

    Steamboat Willie

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Producer(s): Walt Disney, Roy O. Disney

    Release Date: 29/07/1928

    "The first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound. Disney agonized over the synchronization of sound to the animation in Steamboat Willie. The cartoon also introduces a prototypical Minnie mouse. Mickey's pretty much a jerk within the narrative ..."