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, July 18, 2014

Tom & Jerry: Pencil Mania

This encore from 2011 features the original "Tom and Jerry," a pair of Van Beuren Studios characters who were around before MGM launched its famous cat and mouse team of the same name.  In this short, they take advantage of their cartoon world existence by drawing a few things into reality, and then generating a few songs.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 short, Pencil Mania.

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