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After exploring all 75 of the Silly Symphony cartoons in spring, now we consider their competitors this summer. Fleischer Studios, home of Betty Boop, released the seventeenth in the Color Classics series, "Chicken a La King," on April 16, 1937.

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August 4, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Mae West-inspired Duck could be compared to a similar seductive bird featured in two of the Silly Symphonies, the 54th and 61st:

Fleischer Studios’ romanticized idea of a sultan’s harem was a common cartoon trope at the time, see “Mickey Mouse in Arabia” from 1932 and Willie Whoppers’ appearance in “Insultin’ the Sultan” from 1934:

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[@]gmail.com or tweet to @DaveSwindle for shorts you'd like to see featured in the future. Image illustration courtesy shutterstock / Ismagilov.
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