It’s time to spotlight some beautiful early 20th century animations  which can only best be described as jazz psychedelia. These artists’ imaginations were working overtime thirty or forty years before the Beatles inspired magnum opus “Yellow Submarine” cartoon  of the late 1960s. Some of the cartoons contain work by the likes of animation greats such as Walter Lantz, Ub Iwerks, Tex Avery, Max and Dave Fleischer and of course the Walt Disney Studios’ talented artists.The Betty Boop cartoon is from 1932. Koko Earth Control is a Max and Dave Fleischer gem from 1928. Dancing on the Moon is a Fleischer  cartoon from 1935. The music too has that delightfully other-worldly quality that was so well captured in the “Wizard of Oz” film in the late 1930s .The song “Dancing on the Moon” was written and composed by Charlie Tobias and Murray Mencher who also wrote other songs for Fleischer and for Walt Disney studios.It’s worth tracking down the Cartoon Rarities sets  from the 1920s and 1930s for more of these lost beauties.


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