Category Archives: Christopher P. Lehman

Animating the Space Race
Christopher P. Lehman
July 1, 2017 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

Animating the Space Race

This month my focus is on theatrical cartoons that made reference to the competition between the US and the Soviet Union to land on the Moon first.

Terrytoons – The Viacom Years
Christopher P. Lehman
April 8, 2017 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

Terrytoons – The Viacom Years

CBS had allowed 20th Century-Fox to distribute Terrytoons’ new cartoons to theaters, but Viacom dealt strictly with television syndication. Then Viacom acquired the studio.

Huck and Jim (Crow)
Christopher P. Lehman
February 11, 2017 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

Huck and Jim (Crow)

To be sure, television was a democratizing force in animation. It allowed African Americans to see cartoons in their homes, in contrast to being restricted to balcony seats at theaters.

Those MGM Jazz Frog Cartoons
Christopher P. Lehman
January 14, 2017 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

Those MGM Jazz Frog Cartoons

Beyond producing cartoons starring humanoid versions of Bosko and Honey at MGM, Harman and Ising also specialized in films starring caricatures of black jazz musicians – as frogs.

“Klanimation”
Christopher P. Lehman
December 3, 2016 posted by Christopher P. Lehman

“Klanimation”

Commercial animation during the silent era rarely addressed political movements – and staffers of the cartoon studios comprised part of the demographics that the Ku Klux Klan abhorred.