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, July 23, 2011

Tubby The Tuba

This animated short is a George Pal "Puppetoon" in Technicolor from 1947.  Mr. Pal's work apparently influenced Messrs. Rankin and Bass, who made all those great animated Christmas specials in the 1960's (Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, etc.).  In addition to the great animation, which seems pretty advanced for the late 1940's, the music has a very rich, almost feature film style of arrangement.  From the Internet Archive, here is Tubby The Tuba

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