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Paramount Pictures closed its cartoon studio in December 1967. The studio’s last cartoons were distributed well into 1968, and most of them came and went without any notice in newspapers.
Watching a “Woody Woodpecker” cartoon from the early 1970s is a bittersweet experience. My column for this month is about how the press covered the last years of theatrical cartoon shorts.
“White flight” from desegregated theaters caused the demise of many theatrical cartoon programs in the South. As cartoon shows disappeared, the closings of cartoon studios accelerated in the late 1960s
Steve Bosustow traveled to New Orleans to promote the premiere of UPA’s 1001 Arabian Knights. He spoke at Tulane University, which in 1959 had no African American students – ironic, considering UPA’s earlier work like Brotherhood of Man.
Movie theaters for African American audiences were of second-run status. This was mandatory–not an option.