Category Archives: Christopher P. Lehman

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

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

“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.

Quincy Magoo Meets Jim Crow
Christopher P. Lehman
November 5, 2016 posted by

Quincy Magoo Meets Jim Crow

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.