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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.




Saturday Morning Champ

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

So, giving the SUPER FRIENDS a break, what was on the other channel during CHALLENGE OF THE-?

Same thing that had been on, in one form or another, since 1962. And a couple years in Prime Time before that. And which would be on network TV into the 21st Century, before going to cable, and most recently to broadcast digital subchannel MeTV.

THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW is like a slasher movie star. No matter how badly the censors mutilated the classic WB ‘toons, they still drew an audience. The wabbit headlined the First String collection of theatrical shorts, with Porky and others getting their own shows at times, featuring the strong Second String, while the lesser entries of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies got syndicated for your local afternoon kiddie shows. Eventually, the second string shows merged with Bugs’… By 1978, we had the BUGS BUNNY / ROAD RUNNER SHOW that ran 90 minutes.

Our sample today isn’t that long. But it does spare you the commercials and is free of the killjoy censorship of ’70s TV! Featuring a collection of three Merrie Melodies shorts, including the Chuck Jones 1955 masterpiece, One Froggy Evening. More from the OldHorseman.




The Matrix Scam Unravels

Thomas Althouse rejoins Sarah Westall to discuss the latest in the Matrix Corruption Scandal. For those of you who do not know the background, Thomas Althouse is the real creator and writer of the Matrix Trilogy. It was originally called The Immortals and he has all the proof.

This is a story of one of the largest film franchises is US history and how it was stolen; it’s a fraud. Truth is often stranger than fiction but we all know that by now. This story has intrigue and corruption at the highest levels of Hollywood including companies such as Warner Brothers and Disney and big names such as Michael Eisner, Steven Spielberg, the Wachowskis, Joel Silver and Keanu Reeves. They are all involved in this scam.

This is a two-part program. We present both videos here.







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.




 

Of Spandex And Slow Mo

RazorFist offers his Snyder Cut Rant analysis of the new Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie. “How can we make this long, boring film even longer and more boring?” -Literally Warner Bros.




For Scent-imental Reasons

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

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

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

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.




 

A Day At The Zoo

Today’s classic cartoon is another Warner Brothers’ Merrie Melodies, directed by Tex Avery, and featuring Egghead, the forerunner to Elmer Fudd. Made in 1939, A Day At the Zoo is chalkful of corny puns and homespun humor that still works because it’s fast-paced and fairly breezy. Here, we’re entertained by two bucks (deer) and five scents (skunks)! The pack of camels are smoking, of course. Egghead tests his luck with a lion. More from the OldHorseman.




A Feud There Was

We launch a new series today: Presenting a vintage cartoon every Saturday morning, just like in the good old days, before the dingbats took over the belfry! We open with a 1938 classic: Warner Brothers’ A Feud There Was, revisiting the celebrated hillbilly feuds in the Appalachian Mountains. There are McCoys here, only they aren’t battling the Hatfields, but the Weavers.

Elmer Fudd is trying, valiantly but unsuccessfully, to bring peace to the mountaintops. The great Tex Avery directed. Mel Blanc does many of the vocals, although that’s the Sons of the Pioneers as the uncredited singing group led by none other than Roy Rogers! More from the OldHorseman.




 

Daffy Duck & Egghead

Here is one of the early appearances by Daffy Duck in a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoon from 1938. Besides Daffy Duck 1.0, we also meet his nemesis — Egghead — who would later evolve into Elmer Fudd. It’s a little bit talky, but there’s lots of great sight gags, plus a scene-stealing turtle who stretches ambidexterity into multiple new dimensions. Tex Avery directs. More from the OldHorseman.




 

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