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Katharine Hepburn As Little Bo Peep in Blackface

The 73rd Silly Symphony, "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood," appeared December 23, 1938 and features several of the most controversial images of the series.

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June 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Click here for a great blog post identifying all the parodies of Hollywood Stars of the time. In addition to the use of blackface the cartoon also features the “Stepin Fetchit” racial stereotype.

How can conservatives conquer Hollywood? PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle argued in March 2014 that it was through studying how technological changes transformed the culture in the age of classic Hollywood. In this ongoing series mid-day Monday-Friday at PJ Lifestyle he highlights animated short films from the 1920s, '30s and 1940s, beginning with an emphasis on Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies. What are some of your favorite cartoons of the era? Please email URLs to DaveSwindlePJM[@] or tweet to @DaveSwindle for shorts you'd like to see featured in the future. Image illustration courtesy shutterstock / Ismagilov.

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