I thought I'd show old cartoons like I play old records, but can't find a host. The rights are even more complicated here so I've gotten around it by only embedding things that have already been posted by someone else, absolving me altogether.
I take no responsibility for anything removed by the rightholders, watermarks from previous second-generation sources, editing, cropping, or other ways links that have been broken by parties other than me. Once in a while you'll come across offensive racial stereotypes. Remember the cartoon is about the story and not about them.
Grammar Rock: VERB, THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING
Phil Kimmelman & Associates, 1974
THE ARTIST'S DREAMS
Pathé Frères, 1913
dir: John Randolph Bray
Walt Disney Studios, 1932
dir: Burt Gillett
THE RETURN OF COUNT SPIROCHETE
Animation Arts Associates, 1973
THE HOFFNUNG PALM COURT ORCHESTRA
Halas-Batchelor Cartoon Films, 1965
dir: John Halas
The New Three Stooges: BEHIND THE EIGHTBALL EXPRESS
Cambria Productions, 1965
dir: David DeTiege
BETTY BOOP'S UPS AND DOWNS
Max Fleischer Studios, 1932
dir: Dave Fleischer
UP IS DOWN
Goldsholl & Associates, 1969
dir: Millie Goldsholl
LION TAMER HUCK
Hanna-Barbera Productions, 1959
Trumpton: THE BILL POSTER
Gordon Murray Puppets Productions(UK), 1967
Things I've collected over the years or acquired on mixtapes and comps or gathered from the internet or the library or my parents' attic. The different sources are the reason for the volume disparity. I make no claims to "discovering" or "owning" anything. Probably neither do you. It's whatever I feel like playing that week. Every Saturday. No repeats. Things that may or may not be familiar. Who knows? The time's next to each song in case you don't like something or it's icky or if you don't want your kids to hear it. Don't let offense at one song cloud your impression of the curation as a whole Past weeks here too. Just type "Audio" in the search engine. Or if you're too lazy to press a button more than once, here's everything up to January 2018. You don't get the all playlists, though. You can right-click this if you want to save a zip file of this one (containing an mp3 of the file) for later. Here what information I was able to find:
0:00 BOOTS WALKER- They're Here (1967)
While I do get the joke intended in most, they just leave me saying “So?” Punch February 4, 1920
The accused doesn't care about the trial or would rather not be arrested at all. So?
George Crenshaw Charley Jones' Laugh Book, June 1954
The guy's trying to kill his wife. So?
Esquire, January, 1934
The picnickers are shocked that the grounds they thought were vacant turn out to be a nudist camp. So?
Man, April 1966
Stereotypical Mexican peasant women carry jugs on their heads. So?
New Yorker December 19, 1925
People walked into a movie not sure if they'd seen it before. So?
Punch September 26, 1915
A patient won't eat. So?
Punch December 22, 1915
This is mocking some celebrity or public figure I'm totally unfamiliar with.
Hello Buddies, Winter 1950
A joke done many times. A woman wins the race because her breasts are bigger. The joke couldn't be that the all-male audience just likes to look at them. But the joke would work better if one of the women were completely flat-chested and the other were absurdly endowed, and if they were both wearing the same color top, so it doesn't work as an optical illusion making it look like both womens' chests are the same size. If that's even the joke at all. It doesn't help that it looks like there's a white smudge. Or that the judge's pants are entirely black so it looks like he's standing on the finish line.
Life February 16, 1905
A classical violinist would like to play but everyone is more interested in the current ragtime tune (you can't tell comparing it to today's standards, but at the time this depiction was wilder than anything you could possibly imagine). So?
Punch April, 1984
They're African-American and live in the U. K. So?
Stag, circa 1941
Something to do with Nazis encountering Napoleonic ghosts? Is that what's going on? So?
The Dude, March 1957
The town's flooded, but one of the houses hit is a house of ill repute. So?
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Much of the material here is at least a generation old and therefore sometimes has racist and sexist standards we wouldn't conform to today. I try, but can't always do a line-item veto. Remember, if something has stereotypes it's posted in spite of them and not because of them. You're not wrong to be offended, think of it like a friend you like hanging out with 95% of the time but once in a while they embarrass you. My own attitude is to move forward.
Many of the images I posted between 2011-2013 were disappeared by the image bank I was using then but I still have most of the scans and am bringing them back slowly. Be patient.
Some people don't realize you can make images bigger by clicking on them or that there are earlier postings beyond this page. Well, now you know. You're welcome.
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SAM HENDERSON has been doing comics, illustration and writing popular among people aware of their existence since his birth, though he wasn't paid for it until 1991. In addition to his own book,The Magic Whistle, clients have included Nickelodeon, New York Press, DC Comics, Heavy Metal, New York Observer,and ...um... Screw. He was a storyboard director for SpongeBob Squarepants in 2001.
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