Ghostly Tendrils of Classic Animation

Well, more strange arcana from Lydia’s side of the equation. Or maybe not, or somewhat so?

We now introduce you to some of the weirdest, most hokey old cartoons ever– if you ever saw the old original “Betty Boop” cartoons from the 1930’s. They weren’t “children’s cartoons” in any conventional-sense but played before grown-up movies as Americans sought relief from The Great Depression. Strangely “hip” and resonant to jazz-era/Brooklyn anxieties as this one features a rotoscoped Cab Calloway routine when the animators sketched over running film of the jazz-band leader moving around stage in a hip, malodorous dance of bluesy style, like speak-easies and gin.

You could see Winona Ryder as a “jazz baby” with the fashion, those sort of dark times of the classic “Lost Generation” as rock n’ roll as a history, a genealogy– that kind of “affected hip” that leads-up to modern-day gothic bands in the rich developments of American cultural lineage.  There’s a whole lot of obscure, mostly-forgotten cartoons that aficionados of classic animation would appreciate. Black & white cats, or hokey Klezmer music (– Jewish folk-tunes) as it strides on one side of “cool” and “dorky”. Only when properly-applied, this stuff can be relevant “and about the hippest-thing, around”.

It mixes Jewish, black, and southern roots to make a stark commentary about American existence as forlorn as cool jazz as you’re getting into the basis of the modern media age as it bespeaks of tragedy and oppression and the harshness of existence all at once evocative and haunting. It’s a part of history.

Notice the ghost-theme, as a bit of this plays into the historical origins of what might be “the world of Beetlejuice” if you go back to the primal protoplasm of American entertainment. We’ll be back again, soon with more interesting arcana. Until then– don’t you go changin’.

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Ghostly Tendrils of Classic Animation

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