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Joe Draws Nancy, Titanic Style

Nancy Pelosi gets comfortable on a coach, sucking down some Smirnoff Vodka as Joe Biden draws her, Titanic Style! For those of you who haven’t seen the blockbuster movie, that means she’s in the buff! But have no fear: Her ta-tas are blotted out, so this video is marginally safe for work. More from The United Spot.

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The Exterminator

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (Basically ersatz DOBIE GILLIS characters crossed with the old I LOVE A MYSTERY radio show plus a semi-anthropomorphic dog thrown-in for good measure.) was a big hit for the studio in 1969. Not only did it get a second production season, which was kinda’ rare for Saturday Morning Cartoons, but is spawned a slew of follow-up series, one-shot video features, and even big-budget live-action movie adaptations.

Scooby and the gang also became the go-to template for many of HB’s ‘toons through the ’70s, as YOGI BEAR had been for the ’60s. Just rename the Meddling Kids, and swap-out the dog for a semi-anthropomorphic car, phantom, cat, shark, or even a goofier-looking dog, and there’s your new show. Heck, even the Justice League got a pair of Meddling Kids and their dog when HB took over the superheroes’ license with SUPERFRIENDS.

Scooby’s second program, the NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES, had the mystery adventures extended to an hour-long, and featured guest stars. And what a mixed-bad that lot was! Sometimes real people, like Cass Elliot, Davy Jones, or Jerry Reed, voiced by their real-world selves. Sometimes fictional characters, like Batman, the Addams Family, or the cast of other HB Scooby-esque cartoons. Sometimes a splitting of the difference, with the onscreen personas of real people voiced by impersonators, as with the THREE STOOGES and LAUREL AND HARDY due to the originals being retired or dead.

This October 1973 episode features Don Adams voicing himself in the style of his GET SMART character. For some reason, even though the kids recognize him as a TV star, he’s working as an exterminator trying to get rid of the termites in a haunted house so the bank can sell it. C’mon! His post Agent 86 career wasn’t THAT bad! More from the OldHorseman.

The Groping Munchkins Of Oz

Yup…Judy Garland says the “munchkins” were pretty handy. Although you may have seen the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, you’ve probably NEVER heard of the horrors that occurred behind the scenes while the film was being produced. The truth is DISTURBING, and in this documentary, we’re covering the horrors behind the creation of The Wizard of Oz.

While Judy Garland was arguably the most affected by the filming of the movie, Margaret Hamilton, original tin man Buddy Ebsen, and the remainder of the cast didn’t escape unscathed. This is truly a scary horror story behind a seemingly innocent and classic film. Join us as we cover the true dark backstory behind The Wizard of Oz.  More from Explore With Us.

Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp

A few weeks back, we brought you the Cartoon Renewal Studios’ crisp new remastering of the classic Dave Fleischer cartoon Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s 40 Thieves. Today, we have the 1939 followup Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp.

At 22 minutes, this is the longest of the original Popeye cartoons. And, in our opinion, it’s also the best of the three pictures spun around tales from the Arabian Nights, the other being Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor.

It’s hard to beat the Technicolor of the 1930s and 1940s, and Cartoon Renewal Studios has done a superb job restoring the richly textured and colored saturation.

Here, Popeye transforms into a sultan romancing Queen Olive Oyl, while battling an evil genie. It’s a retelling of the Aladdin story, setting the stage in a way that foretold Disney’s later version.

In this instance, Olive Oyl is the imagined screenwriter, concocting the adventure for Surprise Pictures. Wimpy is missing in action as is Bluto, but there’s plenty going on, as well as some memorable lines of dialogue.  As Popeye woos Olive, he exclaims, “I’ve never made love in Technicolor before!”

Hope you enjoy this classic brought back to life!

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From The Memory Hole

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Last week I featured Barney Bear, MGM’s first original cartoon star, created by Rudolph Ising. Of course, Ising and his partner Hugh Harman had been in the biz since the early silent era, working for Disney when young Walt was making Felix The Cat knockoffs in Kansas City, ultimately winding-up with him in California making Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pictures for Universal. Seeing how Walt lost Oswald to his distributors, Harman and Ising made sure to copyright their own character creation for themselves.

The character they created is of considerable importance to the history of American animation. But, due to the cancer of Political Correctness, has been downplayed and subjected to revision for decades. For, you see, Bosko was a little n*gger… Back in the 1980s I saw an early model sheet at a museum exhibit, and that’s exactly how he was identified on the page. (Minus the asterisk, which is for BitChute’s censors.)

A Negro caricature wasn’t considered offensive in the early 1930s, when people were too busy surviving the Depression to be a bunch of oversensitive snowflakes. Mickey Mouse and many other ‘toons were basically minstrel show blackface as well. But Bosko didn’t have the fig leaf of being a non-human in later years.

He was the first star of the LOONEY TUNES before Bugs, Daffy, or even Porky had been thought-of. When things went sour between Harman-Ising and the middle-man selling their shorts to Warner Bros., they were able to walk and take Bosko with them! They then used him in some of the HAPPY HARMONIES pictures they made for MGM distribution… Now with Bosko in color, for what little difference that made. His ’20s design didn’t benefit much from the added spectrum, and was becoming dated pretty quickly. So he got a major redesign…

And here’s where all the later apologists who claimed he was a “living inkblot” of no particular race, ethnicity, or even species fall on their faces. In ’35 Bosko got updated with far more realistic detail, and was undeniably a negro boy.

That redesign lasted just seven outings. But he got yet another over half a century later, when he and his girlfriend Honey made a comeback in an episode of TINY TOON ADVENTURES on TV. For that appearance, they retconned the couple into anthropomorphic animals of vague species.

Here are his first WB and MGM pictures, along with his 1935 MGM new look. More from the OldHorseman.


Wonderful World Of Color

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Okay, cheating just a wee bit here, as this was originally from the other side of the weekend. BitChute viewer Alkaline777 requested the brainy uncle of a certain animated, white waterfowl a few weeks ago. So here’s the first appearance of Professor Ludwig Von Drake!

Uncle Walt’s showcase had already been a staple of Sunday evening TV programming for years before color broadcasting really started to catch-on. So he moved his series over to NBC, which was on the cutting edge of the technology. The premier on the network featured Walt’s first created-for-TV cartoon character, who served as a co-host. The first half of this episode is a veritable infomercial (decades before those became a thing) for color televisions… The leading manufacturer of which happened to be NBC’s parent corporation.

The second half features an Oscar-nominated educational-ish ‘toon from a couple years earlier starring Ludwig’s nephew. “Donald In Mathmagicland” is the very first in all of Disney’s stable of cartoon shorts to be aired on TV in color.

From September 1961. More from the OldHorseman.

For Scent-imental Reasons

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I was going to bring in a certain hyper-educated quacker uncle from the Mouse’s domain, as requested by BitChute viewer Alkaline777… But, since CancelCulture has set its sights on Toondom’s ultimate mascot of masculine self-confidence, I’m gonna feature him first.

Before the Leftards decided to attack Pepe for “glorifying rape-culture”, the TV networks had butchered this film pretty heavily for suicidal elements. Shabby way to treat an Oscar-winning picture! Of course, we’ll be having none of that here!

This is the first one to have the tables turned on the amorous Mephitis. (Weird that people think the blue paint somehow cloaked his scent, when the ‘toon makes it clear that Penelope’s snoot is too clogged up for her to smell anything.)

Trivia: Skunks are a North American species. The European polecat found in France is not black/white, and is unrelated.

Directed by Chuck Jones in 1949. More from the OldHorseman.

Wabbit Twouble

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We covered the development of Egghead (more specifically, his running-gag ‘brother’ Elmer) into the fully-recognizable Elmer J. Fudd in last Saturday’s upload. But sometimes creators just don’t know when to stop! After Elmer’s star-making role with Bugs Bunny, who had finally evolved into his proper physical and vocal form, in A WILD HARE, the boys at Termite Terrace decided it would be funny to fatten Elmer up to resemble his voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan. It wasn’t. So the chunky Elmer devolved back into his earlier, slimmer version after a handful of pictures.

But Elmer wasn’t the only one evolving at this point. Bugs pretty much looked and sounded like his iconic self, but his personality was still not fully formed. As with the proto-Bugs seen in last week’s upload, we find the wabbit going out of his way to screw-with a peaceable Elmer without any provocation whatsoever. Chuck Jones would soon realize that this sort of thing basically made Bugs a jerk. Thereafter, he normally had to be either threatened or outright attacked, sometimes repeatedly, before borrowing Groucho’s “This means WAR!” line and taking hilarious revenge on the offending party.

From 1941 (less two weeks after Pearl Harbor) WABBIT TWOUBLE. More from OldHorseman.


PC Goons Eye Classic Films

With Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss and Pepe the Frog well-corralled by the PC goons and censorship lunatics, it appears that classic films are up next on the chopping block. Turner Classic Movies announced that it has launched a series called “Reframed Classics” that will examine “problematic” classic films, most of which are chock-full of culturally insensitive stereotypes.

Following what many Americans would call a disastrous 2020, we wake up everyday looking for normality to return, things making sense, but it’s not going to happen for a while, says Martin Brodel. “We’re going to see more insanity, more PC crap, more cancel culture, more heinous stuff and it’s all going to be let out.”

Breitbart News reports that the new Turner series will conduct wide-ranging discussions of 18 culturally sensitive films from the 1920s through the 1960s, including the iconic Gone With the Wind. Not something we are looking forward to. Brodel also discusses Jimmy Kimmel’s statement that canceling Dr. Seuss is the way Donald Trump gets re-elected, California ponying up $28 million to help usher more illegal immigrants into the country and the shocking rumor that China gave President Biden $4 billion to test its weather weapon on Texas, which led to the disastrous ice storm.

Elmer’s Candid Camera

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Although Egghead and Elmer Fudd have been treated as distinct characters in relatively recent ‘toons and comics, here we have more evidence that Elmer originally evolved out of Egghead. In his first fully-recognizable appearance, complete with the iconic Arthur Q. Bryan voice (previously used for the title character in DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO), Elmer is still wearing Egghead’s signature stiff-collar, green, baggy, outdated suit and hat. That, along with the fact that Egghead was actually identified as “Elmer Fudd” on-screen in one earlier picture, and on lobby posters for another, makes it a lock that Elmer and Egghead were indeed the same character…

Or does it?!

Turns out that a case can be made that the baggy-suit guy used as a running gag in cartoons mostly featuring other characters and elements was never Egghead at all, but ‘Elmer’ from the start. Unlike the wide-eyed, verbose, central-player who looked a bit like him and was also created by Tex Avery, he was never explicitly named as Egghead.

If this is the case, it’s a modern error to depict the derby-hatted, proto-Elmer as Egghead, when that was a different character from cartoons of the same period.

In any event, the Egghead and Elmer characters sort of merged in today’s picture to create the Elmer Fudd we all know. He looks like the running-gag proto-Elmer drawn in greater detail, but he is the central star of the cartoon like Egghead.

With Chuck Jones largely taking-over the character from Avery, the new Elmer gets rather a gentle introduction as a would-be amateur nature photographer. Until he gets unprovoked harassment from a certain rabbit, who is only about midway through his own evolution from the little white bunny that messed-up PORKY’S HARE HUNT a couple years earlier into Elmer’s legendary arch-rival: Bugs Bunny.

From early 1940, here’s ELMER’S CANDID CAMERA. More from the OldHorseman.

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