Tom and Jerry in Doughnuts (1933)

Publication Year: 
1933

Image retrieved from who-really-cares-anyway.blogspot.ca on March 11th, 2016.

Lots of vintage cartoons portray the imbibing of alcohol as usually inadvertent and resulting in a character getting the hiccups and having a muted trumpet playing "How Dry I Am" on the soundtrack. While the "inadvertent" part applies here, the result is far grander, as every character in the cartoon becomes joyfully drunk and ultimately forms a spontaneous parade to celebrate it. Never has Homer Simpson's sentiment "To alcohol: the source of, and solution to, all of life's problems" been expressed on such a large scale.

Existing books about the history of animation that I've read seem unclear on why the 1920's characters Tom and Jerry's names were later revived for a more successful and well-known team. (Charles Solomon's actively speculates on it.) It seems that the internet has brought to light that Joe Barbera started his career at Van Beuren Studios, and worked on some of these cartoons. So that's a lot more linear path to what he and Bill Hanna came up with when they made a one-off cartoon featuring a cat named Jasper and an unnamed mouse, and were soon asked to rename the characters when they because a series.

A word about the Jewish stereotypes in these cartoon: As Warner Brother knows, releasing old cartoons can be a minefield of (justifiable) political correctness. I decided to post this because the Jewish bakers are not portrayed as doing anything bad or underhanded; they're just trying to sell their matzos at the fair. I'll probably write more about this later if I post any of the most surreal cartoons ever made: the Cab Calloway-scored Fleischer shorts.

Copyright information: This cartoon is in the public domain.

Text retrieved from YouTube video description on March 11th, 2016.

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