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As a child, I was so bored I owuld listen to songs like that on Saturday morning cartoons

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paulh, hiding under my bed

The newsreel and cinema cartoons from the thirties and forties got recycled for children's television in the 1950s. This was a shame, as kids like me had no clue what had happened to inspire them, except for what our parents and teachers told us about the past. Alice Ben Bolt? I thought that was her name, like many of your other readers.

I learned the musical themes for the Marx brothers form a cartoon, though. I also was introduced to Shakespeare's "Tempest" by a cartoon that featured Ariel and Caliban.

Cartoons can have high-class aspects. smiley - smiley


As a child, I was so bored I owuld listen to songs like that on Saturday morning cartoons

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paulh, hiding under my bed

I've just tracked down another cartoon form those days, Krazy Kat's 1935 "Hotcha melody:"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CELZIkgGkPI

It's about tin pan alley's dusting off classical pieces to make pop tunes of them. It shows Kate Smith, among others.

Then Schumann comes back to reclaim his melody.

The other cartoon has been tracked down: Porky's road race, form 1937. I would have been seeing these 15 or 20 years after they appeared in theaters.


As a child, I was so bored I owuld listen to songs like that on Saturday morning cartoons

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paulh, hiding under my bed

Here's Porky's ropad race
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E9T_mPKRDA


As a child, I was so bored I owuld listen to songs like that on Saturday morning cartoons

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paulh, hiding under my bed

I also remember the Catnips of 1940:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACtGwFhhHUs&list=PL7FybfPRkTVIkpRbxOcEtQKMMfvgiYxE8

Ye, this is off-topic, so I will schlep it over to my December Journal


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