French impressionist

At first I thought the dog in this cartoon was doing basic blackface in front of the king, but it quickly became apparent that he was impersonating some foreign celebrity of the time. It’s not quite Maurice Chevalier, and it might not even be French? I don’t know. Maybe the dog is just bad at celebrity impressions.

But can she bake a cherry pie?

There’s a pretty good gag in this cartoon involving the raspberry jam making a “raspberry.” I started wondering why the derisive noise also known as a “Bronx cheer” came to be known as a raspberry, and I learned that it comes from Cockney rhyming slang. “Raspberry tart” = “fart.” Well, there you have it. Enjoy those tarts, everybody.

A fine red

Thank you, Ub Iwerks. Thank you so very much. I was watching this Little Red Hen cartoon this morning, soaking up the beautiful Comicolor hues, but I tensed up as soon as I saw the little black chick.

“Oh no,” thought I. “That little black chick seems fine right now, maybe naughty in a black sheep sort of way, but any minute now he’s going to wreck this cartoon. This is a ’30s cartoon. He’s going to get lazy and start wheedling around, grow offensive big lips and shout ‘Mammy’ while on one knee; something like that.”

I continued watching. That pig and that duck were maybe the best cartoon pig and duck I had ever seen. “Please don’t ruin this cartoon, Little Black Chick.” The final gag came up. The little black chick came out of the hen house. I pre-emptively winced.

And then. Nothing. No racial stereotype gag. Just a good old raspberry. I relaxed. Thank you, Little Black Chick, and thank you, Ub Iwerks. I’m going to have to watch this again, this time without holding my breath.

Hyuck, Hyuck, Goose

Yes, this is a Simple Simon cartoon that I am posting on 3/14/15 at 9:26 in honor of Pi Day. If I were really fancy, I would be able to post this at 9:26:53, but I’m not that fancy. I actually had to look up the 9:26 part because I don’t even know that many digits of pi by heart.

I also only know the first two verses of “Simple Simon” by heart, but that’s okay. Judging from this cartoon that’s the part most people focus on, rather than the other part where Simon is fishing for whales and whistling in pain and such.

White as snow

So many underpants in this cartoon. Also a variety of dance moves. Bonus points for not going to a cheap racist gag at the end like I kept bracing for. I don’t know what to say about Percy.

Don’t shake like that

Apropos of nothing, here are two cartoons featuring raspberry jam.

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