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Writer's Block: Looney times

What was your favorite childhood cartoon, and why?

My childhood ended before the advent of commercial television.  The only cartoons i ever saw were those rare occasions when i went to the movies or somebody bought around some eight milimeter film to entertain us.  I don't think i saw a motion picture cartoon until WWII and then it was mostly propaganda.  Most of the villians (i remember Peg Leg Pete (from Mickey Mouse) and Blutto (from Popeye) were Nazis.
There were newspaper cartoons, of course, Blondie, Gasoline Alley, Ally Oop, Casper Milktoast, Katzenjammer Kids, all of which i remember as being pretty unfunny.  Somehow i remember remembering Tom and Jerry,  and Heckel and Jeckel, but i don't think they came along until i was an adult.  I remember liking Mickey Mouse and Pluto, but i have no idea why.  When i watch chidren's cartoons from that era today, i cringe.  Comedies for adults, however were great: Buster Keaton, Charlotte Greenwood,, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, incredibly good physical comedy,


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Jan. 31st, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
How about the Marx Brothers? Those guys had my on the floor in stitches.
Jan. 31st, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
The Marx Brothers were good, so was Danny Kaye.

But Charlotte Greenwood sits almost alone on my "A" list. Her long legs, athleticism, and sense of timing made her a great physical comedienne, See her opposite Buster Keaton in "Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath." Almost nobody i know likes this movie, but Dianne and i, who agree on hardly anything comedic, both loved it. And it is Greenwood's bold strong movements against Keaton's chaplinesque shuffle and daze that makes the movie, (She was also Aunt Ellen in the Oklahoma movie almost 30 years later).
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Re: comedy
I found "Palor, Bedroom and Bath online and watched about 20 minutes of it. Good film. I'm looking forward to watching more later. Love Buster Keaton but never heard him in a speaking role.
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Re: comedy
For me, the first 20 minutes were almost dull. Its when they (Keaton and Greenwood ("Polly") get to their hotel room and she tries to instruct him on proposing to the woman everybody but the woman and Keaton wants him to marry that the laugh riot begins and runs non=stop to the end of the reel.
Feb. 1st, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: comedy
Good, the best is yet to come!
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