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Swing Wedding
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Directed By: Hugh Harman
Produced By: Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Released: February 19, 1937
Series: Happy Harmonies
Story: Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Animation: Thomas McKimson
Larry Martin (both uncredited)
Layouts: TBA
Backgrounds: TBA
Film Editor: TBA
Voiced By: TBA
Music: Scott Bradley
Starring:
Preceded By: Circus Daze
Succeeded By: Bosko's Easter Eggs

Swing Wedding is a 1937 cartoon by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Hugh Harman, it is part of the Happy Harmonies cartoon series.

PlotEdit

A "sequel" to The Old Mill Pond, the cartoon portrays a wedding celebrated by a group of frogs in a swamp. The frogs are designed as caricatures of various African American celebrities of the 1930s, such as Ethel Waters, Stepin Fetchit, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Mills Brothers.

NotesEdit

  • First to be labeled as "A Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising Cartoon".
  • Though hailed as "'one of the finest one-reelers in all of animation" by some commentators,[1] others have derided the use of Zip Coon-type figures and stereotypical dialogue (including expressions such as "Who dat?" and "Yowza!").[2] The film also contains a controversial scene in which a frog musician uses his trumpet valve as a syringe. The scene plays on the stereotype of black jazz musicians using drugs before performing.[3]
  • This cartoon was re-released in a shorter version called "Hot Frogs" in 1942.[citation needed|date=]


ReferencesEdit

  1. quoted in Ian Conrich, et al. Film's Musical Moments. Edinburgh University Press, 2006. 23.
  2. Ian Conrich, et al. Film's Musical Moments. Edinburgh University Press, 2006. 23.
  3. Jesse Hamlin. "Jazz in the City Benefit". San Francisco Chronicle. August 21, 1988.