Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It's looking right at me!

This joint from 1935 goes to show what a genius Mickey Mouse creator Ub Iwerks was. It also shows you how weird pre-WWII cartoons were. In a few years, a number of animated films would be put in the service of war propaganda, which was another kind of disturbing. The evilness of the Axis powers didn't need much embellishment, but some of the anti-Japanese 'toons were, well, you know. In general using art as a weapon of the state has problems.

But that doesn't really have anything to do with this.

Can you believe that couple actually stayed together? If I were the girl, I'd get away from that death-wishing moron so fast...


susan said...

I think I've seen this before.. when I was young.. or somebody else was young. It's a beautiful print as well as a very odd couple.

Ben said...

It has been nicely preserved, which is a good thing for us.

So, it gives you an oddly familiar feeling? Or just familiarly odd?