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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 leave URLs in the comments of shorts you'd like to see featured in the future. Image illustration courtesy shutterstock / Ismagilov.
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An Angel Flashing the Middle Finger In a 1930s Cartoon?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Willie Whopper Steals Neptune’s Crown

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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The First Cartoon Version of Aladdin

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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The Village Barber

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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‘Plane Crazy’: Mickey Mouse at the End of the Silent Era

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Check out “5 Reasons Why Mickey Mouse Co-Creator Ub Iwerks Was Awesome” at CartoonBrew.com for a great overview of the innovative art and animation career of one of Walt Disney’s key collaborators. Hat tip to them for reminding of this, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, animated by Iwerks:

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Welcome to Balloon Land! Beware of the Pincushion Man!

Monday, September 1st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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‘Techno-Cracked’: When Flip the Frog Built a Robot

Friday, August 29th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Bring to mind anything?

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Flip the Frog: The First Sound Color Cartoon

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Why Were so Many 1930s Cartoons Set in a Sultan’s Harem?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Humpty Dumpty Jr. Rescues His Sweetheart from a Bad Egg

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Betty Boop’s Crazy Inventions

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Playing Chess with Betty Boop & Taking a Mean Shot at Mickey Mouse

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

See the subtle joke at 5:25:

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The Vegetable Children Don’t Want to Play With the Little Onion Kid

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Cute: Little Lamby Eats His Grass With Sugar

Monday, August 11th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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A Little Fish Has to Learn His Lesson The Hard Way

Friday, August 8th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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VIDEO: A Family of Peeping Penguins Finds a New Home

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Animal Symphony Chaos: ‘The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Astray…’

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Another cartoon inspired by ripping off Disney? Compare/contrast to 1935′s Mickey Mouse short “The Band Concert”:

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VIDEO: The Rooster and His Harem…

Monday, August 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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:

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The Wedding of Jack and Jill Rabbit

Friday, August 1st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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An Eccentric Inventor Saves The Orphans’ Christmas

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Dreaming of a Big Train

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Two Lovebirds Take a Hawaiian Honeymoon

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Greedy Humpty Dumpty Enslaves Nursery Rhyme Creatures To Build His Gold Wall to the Sun

Monday, July 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

 

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Newlywed Flies Pick The Wrong Hotel For Their Honeymoon

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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