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Burlesque Terrytoon
4 September 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

this is quite a surprising Terrytoon, as midget King Zilch gets into all sorts of hi-jinks, including some canoodling with a blonde, Helen Kane-voiced chorine. The cartoon is paced like a burlesque skit and contains some very kinky things by modern standards, including the dwarf king, the big, dowager queen and a final spanking scene.

There are a fair number of these Terrytoons with adult themes and fairly elaborate detail work. In this one, although there's a lot of looping and the opening scene is only partially animated, the background work is elaborate and superb.

Within a short time, however, the Production Code would clamp down and then distribution would be upgraded to the Majors -- 20th Century-Fox, to be exact. Terry would retreat to a for-the-kiddies choice of subject matter. For the moment, though, he was turning out bizarre stuff in an effort to compete with the Fleischers. While it's not great, it certainly holds my attention.


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