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, November 7, 2009

Red Riding Hood

If some of the early cartoons seem a little odd by today's standards, bear in mind that animation was a relatively new art form, so almost everything was an experiment of some sort.  In addition, the common presumption that cartoons were just for children did not yet exist, so some of these shorts were directed as much as adults as kids.  That might explain why several of the characters in this 1931 version of Red Riding Hood from the Internet Archive are smoking cigarettes.  Another interesting point is that the two primary characters are blatant, and I mean BLATANT, copies of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse. 

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