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June 1926 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The first sound cartoon ever produced (a credit often erroneously given to the Walt Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie (1928) starring Mickey Mouse). The first sound cartoon ever released was Come Take a Trip in My Airship (1924). See more »


Featured in Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story (2008) See more »


My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
Written by Stephen Foster
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My relatively high score is purely for its historical value...
22 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, I have gotta say it up front. I didn't like this cartoon at all. So why, then, would I give it a 5 Well, I am a history teacher and love cinema history--and this is a super-important cartoon to the history of the genre. Why? Well, because it's the first sound cartoon--well before Disney's "Steamboat Willie". However, quality-wise, it's not even close to the Disney film--as "Willie" is still a delight after all these years.

The film begins with some very simple animation involving a dog chewing on a bone--that then becomes a trombone. Considering it's from the accomplished Fleischer Brothers, I was surprised at the very poor quality of the film--much poorer than other Out of the Inkwell cartoons. What follows is simply a sing-a-long--with minimal animation. And considering the song is the very dated Stephen Foster song "My Old Kentucky Home", my brain totally shut down from this point on...

Dreary and crappy to watch now, this still should be seen by any student of the history of animation...but no one else!!

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