Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Betty Boop is having a swinging Halloween Party in this jazzy little short from 1933. For some reason this cartoon was banned, and we can't figure out why. It doesn't have offensive racist stereotypes like so many cartoons from those days, nor violence that goes unpunished, but maybe it's because the little bird drinks some booze. Remember, Prohibition lasted from 1920 until 1933--the year of this release--and maybe the censors couldn't allow anyone, including a silly cartoon animal, to enjoy a drink. Ha ha! What nutty puritans! What do you think? Should cartoon animals be allowed to drink?

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