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Cast: Ub Iwerks
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Journey to the land of Aladdin. The classic tale of the Wonderful Lamp animated by Ub Iwerks. A jazzy take on the fairy tale, with a gorgeous score and great animation, one of the most distinctive cartoons ever produced. Ub Iwerks was the creator of Disney's Mickey Mouse, and is one of the unsung heroes of animation.

 

Cast: Pinto Colvig
Running Time: 6 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Our hero, Gabby, walks along singing a song when he spots a baby with no diaper. Gabby, of course, butts in, thinking that he can solve the problem. He sets out to stop the baby in the carriage from crying by changing the baby's diaper. Baby resists at every attempt with surprising results! This cartoon features the vocal talents of the great Pinto Colvig, probably best known as the voice of Disney's Goofy and the original Bozo the Clown, a part he played for a full decade beginning in 1946. He also provided the voice for Practical Pig, the pig who built the "house of bricks" in the Disney short The Three Little Pigs, as well as both Sleepy and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Colvig worked for not only the Disney studio, but the Warner Bros. animation studio, Fleischer Studios, and MGM, where he voiced a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. He was also one of the pioneers in advocating warning labels about cancer risk on cigarette packages in the United States.

 

Cast: Billy Bletcher as the Pincushion Man (voice)
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

The inhabitants, including the trees and rocks of Balloon Land, are made entirely of balloons. They come under attack from the evil Pincushion Man. With the help an instantly inflated balloon army, they fend off the attack of the sinister creature.

 

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

A little girl has a late night snack and falls asleep. She finds herself in a land where toys and nursery rhymes have come to life. Three heralds sing a welcome song warning her of the beast. Six wooden soldiers march in formation; she kisses the leader, who blushes and falls for her. Speaking of falling, Humpty Dumpty laughs at this and falls off, revealing five wooden ducks who do a song-and-dance number, ending by crashing into some alphabet blocks and spelling out "nertz." The soldier leads the girl to a bookshelf, where they sing the title song (helped by some other books). The finish, turn the page, and the beast comes out of the page after her. A fight ensues, with the soldier sending a toy airplane after the beast (it shaves stripes in its fur), along with some less effective attacks. The attack wakes the little girl up, and she climbs into her bed.

 

Cast: Mae Questel
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

An initially realistic chess game becomes a chaotic, animated quest for the favors of Betty Boop (the black queen) by Bimbo (white king) and others, with elements of bowling and football. Koko appears.

 

Cast: Betty Boop and the Royal Samoans
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Bimbo visits a south sea isle, where he meets a seductive maiden who does a hot hula and looks just like Betty. Also features a stereotyped headhunter tribe. The Royal Samoans perform in live-action music.

 

Cast: Betty Boop
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

A delight! Its message is a positive one. It is wrong to hurt or harm innocent creatures, because after all they can't defend themselves against our abuses. So put simply -- Be Human.

 

Cast: Betty Boop, Bimbo, Koko and Louis Armstrong
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Three tunes by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra - "High Society", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You", and a bit of "Chinatown". Warning: racial stereotypes on display.

 

Cast: Betty Boop and Irene Bordoni
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Irene Bordoni sings the title song in French and English with a Bouncing Ball. Cartoon sequences: Betty Boop as a cabaret emcee and cigarette girl; a romantic tom-cat gigolo.

 

Cast: Betty Boop and Cab Calloway
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Cab Calloway appears with Betty Boop in the Talkartoon Minnie the Moocher, Betty's 17th cartoon appearance and justifiably one of the most famous cartoons ever made. It begins with actual film footage of Cab Calloway dancing a slow and sensuous dance in front of his orchestra, the former Missourians, while they perform the Prohibition Blues. This is the oldest known film footage of Cab. The haunting and beautiful instrumental is an old Missourians piece that was recorded by them in early 1930, right before Cab took over as leader of their band. This cartoon has the only recording of the piece with Cab Calloway.

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