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Zula Hula (1937)

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Disabled in a thunderstorm, Betty Boop and Grampy's plane lands on a tropic island where Grampy soon re-invents the comforts of home... until hostile, racially-stereotyped natives intrude.

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Disabled in a thunderstorm, Betty Boop and Grampy's plane lands on a tropic island where Grampy soon re-invents the comforts of home... until hostile, racially-stereotyped natives intrude. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Banned for the Wrong Reason
20 October 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Betty and Grampy are flying across the ocean when a lightning strike forces them to land on a tropical island. Grampy builds all sorts of devices to make them more comfortable until a tribe of natives attacks and they must flee.

Poor Betty! For three years she was the Fleischers' big star until the Production Code desexualized her. She was still popular, so she became a supporting character in her own series. The Production Code decreed her behavior was lewd and immoral. Eventually the Code crashed and people realized how good her early cartoons were -- and how evil she became with cartoons like this, with its depiction of the natives as stereotyped Ubangis, with a lot of current racial jokes thrown in. Evil! Such things must be banned! It makes me wonder what the next turn in the wheel of what people deem indecent will be. Perhaps it will be the final gag in which Grampy powers his makeshift auto-gyro by making a monkey scramble up a treadmill in futile pursuit of a banana. Cruelty to animals! We must ban any such depictions, blah blah blah......

It's a decent Fleischer for this period, filled, as Dave Fleischer liked, with a plethora of high-speed gags. Me, I miss the old Betty.


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