The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hawaiian Holiday

Here is a rare Disney short starring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy.  Information on the Internet Archive indicates it was "banned" at some time, although the reason seems unclear.  I did not see anything that, at least in my opinion, would offend any modern sensibilities.  So why was it banned?  My best guess:  It was released sometime between 1937 and 1941, before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7.  After that date, Pearl Harbor may have given some of the otherwise innocent images a new, and possibly offensive, context for audiences at the time.  Viewing it outside the lens of that attack, it is a charming short.  Here is Hawaiian Holiday

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