As we enter the final year of Max and Dave Fleischer’s studio, we find the disappointing Animated Antics getting top billing in these little spaces. To be a fly on the wall when they decided Twinkletoes would make a possible reoccurring character. Fortunately he was only revived one more time years later in Dan Gordon’s A Jolly Good Furlough to be shot in the head.
February 26’s panel made the call of Popeye being draft exempt a little prematurely… The next few batches will be all about Paramount promoting the fact that the sailor is now fighting the good fight.
January-February 1941 (click each to enlarge)
The promotional print cartoons above appeared in the pages of Paramount Sales News – a trade publication aimed at theatre salesmen and their exhibitor clients. The actual animated shorts in release at the time these were published include the first two, which were specifically pushed by name (the images most likely adapted from their one-sheet art). Bring Himself Back Alive (the title a take-off of famed animal hunter Frank Buck’s best-selling book “Bring ‘Em Back Alive”) was released December 20th 1940 – did they really think a cartoon about an unlikable animal killer would be funny? Problem Pappy (below) was released three weeks later on January 10th 1941, and is a much better film.