THE CARTOON CRYPT: Bunny Mooning (1937)


I was thrilled the other day to run across the DVD set Max Fleischer’s Color Classics: Somewhere in Dreamland. I don’t know how this escaped my notice previously. I’m a big fan of the Fleischer brothers, and I’ve been hunting down the Color Classics cartoons on the internet recently to see them all. Now I don’t have to… the collection has all but one of the Fleischer Color Classics included (“Tears Of An Onion,” which is apparently still copyrighted and couldn’t be included). The cartoons I’ve watched so far, while they don’t appear to be completely restored (the colors I imagine were much more brilliant in the 30’s), are in much better condition than I’ve ever seen them (I have a number of the cartoons on other cartoon collections). The cartoons themselves are fantastic.

The center image on the cover of the DVD is from the cartoon Bunny Mooning. This one is so saccharine-sweet, it is surprising it came out of the Fleischer studios… I’m guessing it is one of the worst cartoons on the set. It is still a lot of fun, though! It’s definitely no Dancing on the Moon (my favorite so far)!

Read more about this cartoon on The Big Cartoon Database.

Here are the contents of the DVD Set:

1. Poor Cinderella (starring Betty Boop) **
2. Little Dutch Mill **
3. An Elephant Never Forgets **
4. Song of the Birds
5. Dancing On the Moon 1935 **
6. Somewhere in Dreamland **
7. The Little Stranger
8. The Cobweb Hotel
9. Greedy Humpty Dumpty
10. Hawaiian Birds
11. Play Safe
12. Christmas Comes But Once a Year **
13. Bunny Mooning
14. Chicken A La King
15. A Car-Tune Portrait
16. Peeping Penguins
1. Educated Fish” (1937)
2. Little Lamby
3. Hold It! **
4. Hunky and Spunky (1938)
5. All’s Fair At the Fair **
6. Playful Polar Bears
7. Always Kickin’ (starring Hunky and Spunky)
8. Small Fry
9. Barnyard Brat (starring Hunky and Spunky)
10. The Fresh Vegetable Mystery **
11. Little Lambkins
12. Ants In the Plants **
13. A Kick In Time (starring Hunky and Spunky)
14. Snubbed By A Snob (starring Hunky and Spunky)
15. You Can’t Shoe A Horsefly (starring Hunky and Spunky)
**optional audio commentary by Jerry Beck**

A documentary about the making of this collection of the complete `Color Classics’ cartoons. It includes four uncut ultra-rare cartoons:
1*The Kids In the Shoe
2*Time For Love (the only known copy in existence is this black & white version)
3*Musical Memories
4*Vitamin Hay (starring Hunky and Spunky)

I’ll probably post more about these cartoons as I make my way through the set with my 2 and a half year old daughter, Esther (Dancing on the Moon is her favorite too).


Sorry for the lack of updates… I’ve been busy! Posting will resume some time soon.

Pictured below: Miriam “Mitzi” Mauricette Stwalley, born July 22nd, 8 lbs. 14.6 oz. Cute, huh?

Lutefisk Sushi for Sale Online

I’m happy to report that the Lutefisk Sushi Bento Boxes volumes B and C mentioned here previously are now available for sale online here (or by clicking the below picture). The Lutefisk Sushi boxes feature an enormous quantity of mini-comics by Minnesota cartoonists… around 40 minis in Volume B and around 50 minis in Volume C. You can buy them online for thirty bucks each, which is one hell of a deal.

Both boxes were limited to 150 copies, and both are getting close to being sold out, so if you want one, order soon. They can never be reprinted, so when they are gone, they are gone for good. All profits from the Sushi boxes go to support Altered Esthetics, a wonderful non-profit Minneapolis gallery that we collaborate with.

Note that in addition to the Sushi boxes, you can buy the Cartoonist Conspiracy‘s 2006 and 2007 collections of 24 Hour Comic mini-comics for $10 each.

HEY! KIDS! COMICS! : David King’s Danny Dutch : July 16th, 2008


The Poopsheet Foundation just pointed to David King’s slickly designed Danny Dutch weekly comic strip, which I thought I would call your attention to today. David is also responsible for the great website. He sent me some of his utterly fantastic mini-comics a while back, which I am horrified to remember I have still not responded to… agh! I really need to remedy that! Click the above image to go read some Danny Dutch!

Interesting Links: June 24th, 2008


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Interesting Links: May 2nd, 2008

You still have time to vote for your favorite cute li’l guy of the month for April! Polls close tomorrow! Roller Raccoon and Ollie the Elephant are now tied with a new contender! Trixie is now tied as well! Note that there are numerous “third party” candidates to choose from as well.

Please go and vote, or this cute thing could get ugly! Comment! Harass your friends to fill the ballots for your favorite cute li’l guy!

Trixie says:

“Vote for me and I bake a cake! Yummy, yummy! I will eats it good too, you betcha. Oh boy! Thankee!”

Roller Raccoon says:

“I see rocky roads ahead! Glad I do not have great big green elephant feet which step on rocks and go ouchy ouchy!”

Ollie the Elephant says:

“Again, I do implore you to cast your vote for me. Although any of my opponents would most likely do an exemplary job of serving as cute diminutive fellow for the month of April, I postulate that I could bring a seriousness and, dare I say, sense of honor to the position that perhaps you may find my opponents to be lacking in. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. Your humble servant, Ollie the Elephant.”

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Interesting Links: April 30th, 2008

Lutefisk Sushi Volume C

I’m participating in and co-curating the Cartoonist Conspiracy‘s third Lutefisk Sushi event opening this Friday, May 2nd.

We have over 50 Minnesota cartoonists participating this time around. As with the two previous shows, the focus of the show will be on a huge box set of mini-comics. Around 50 mini-comics for $25, in a gorgeous, silkscreened box set, limited to an edition of 150.

Other features at the show will include a fantastic overview of the work of featured artist Kevin Cannon, a “Potty Humor” exhibit, and a working, hands-on zoetrope built by Volume B’s featured artist Ken Avidor.

Click the image above to visit the Lutefisk Sushi Volume C website, and learn more about the show. In addition to the opening, the show will be up all month, with special events happening during Art-A-Whirl. I hope to see you there!

Lutefisk Sushi Volume C Opening
Friday May 2nd, 7PM-10PM
Altered Esthetics (
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413