From fine art daydreams to real world nightmares comes this Screen Song cartoon released December 5, 1931: My Baby Just Cares For Me. It's weird going through those Screen Song discs (alas some in the lowest-fi 16mm possible) that while some cartoons, like 'You're Driving Me Crazy', get watched a lot others somehow get glossed over. I always skipped over 'My Baby Just Cares For Me'. Maybe it was the Bosko-ness of the jockey's face that lead me to believe it was only a string of crude stereotype gags. Such cartoons are not all that common in the Fleischer cannon (less so then, for instance, Warners' cartoons) but they do happen. How wrong I was! I have unearthed the Greatest Cartoon Ever Made. Prepare yourself...
Meet Bimbo's half brother: Bingo. If you are walking down the street in a Fleischer cartoon your feet should come out of your shoes. This much is certain.
Trash piles were enchanted places in those early Fleischer cartoons.
Did I leave my web-cam on?
"Do you want it parted on this side?"
A portrait of this man should hang over every cartoonist's desk with the word 'Genuis' superimposed.
This scene defies description. I have no idea who animated it but it seems he must have been going through something heavy. Or maybe somebody handed him a model sheet of a hippo. Who knows?
I wanna wake up now! I wanna wake up now!
Moral of the story: tongues are vital.
Stereotypes? Yes. Demented? Very. Your journey is just beginning...