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Witches And Squash Demons

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

We’ll start off the month with energetic, broom-flyin’, cackling sorceresses in shorts from WB and MGM. Then, as a bonus, we get a look at the horrific results of Linus’ relentless devotion to the Great Pumpkin.

The commentary audio on the Count Bloodcount cartoon was a goof on my part. But I left it in because I can’t be the only nerd who likes to listen to those tracks now and then. More from the OldHorseman.

Hollywood’s Men In Drag

McAllister TV launches a new series of Hollywood movie reviews with a look at the 1939 drama The Women from MGM. What was most remarkable about The Women is that the picture depicted only women, never showing a single male, not a bellhop or a clerk or a cab driver.

But compounding the joke, none of the women shown are actually women, but instead females portrayed by men. These include Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Norma Shearer, Marjorie Main and Rosalind Russell. All of these actresses weren’t actresses at all, but men in drag.

Here, we come to see the many ways these freaks are laughing at us, and trying to deceive us, and present us as misfits. McAllister TV not only dissects the dialogue and plot lines, but also the many bizarre inside jokes, like a fashion show, featuring detached hands and symbols suggesting adrenochrome. In other words, massive Hollywood deception and subterfuge is revealed.


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.


The Bear That Couldn’t Sleep

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

Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising were working for Uncle Walt long before the Mouse came into being. So they were around to see him get screwed on the deal with his production company’s first major star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. To avoid having that sort of thing happen to them, they made sure to copyright the Bosko character in their own names! When their first big job, producing the earliest Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to be released by Warner Brothers, went sour after a few years, they were able to take Bosko with them, ultimately using him in the Happy Harmonies they made for MGM.

The subcontractor studio thing was always problematic. So MGM brought cartoon production in-house. Rudy and Hugh eventually wound up as employees of the MGM animation department. It was in that capacity that the former created the first original MGM cartoon star, Barney Bear. This generally good-natured, mostly-anthropomorphic grizzly never rose to the popularity of later MGM characters like Tom & Jerry or Droopy, but he did get twenty-six classic theatrical shorts over a decade and a half. He was a regular in the MGM print publications, and has turned up regularly in projects featuring the studio’s characters all the way through today.

Here is his first appearance from 1939. More from the OldHorseman.



Major CEOs who stepped down in the past month:


What’s going on, y’all? More from Really Graceful.

On Monday, another major CEO — Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin — announced she is stepping down, effective June 15. She will be replaced as president and CEO by James Taiclet, the current top exec of Boston real estate investment trust American Tower Corp.

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