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.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Balloon Land

Balloon Land is, as its name implies, a place where everything, including the inhabitants, flora, fauna and structures are made from balloons.  A smart aleck kid decides to go after the local bad guy, the Pincushion Man, and bites off more than he can chew.  A few inflatable versions of movie stars appear at the start, and I love the alarm siren.  This cartoon is a real gas.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1935 Ub Iwerks short, Balloon Land

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