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Bimbo is a mechanic whose girlfriend (not Betty) agrees to marry him if he wins a fight against "One-Round Mike." Quick as a wink, he transforms his car into a robot to help him in the ring!

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Bimbo is a mechanic whose girlfriend (not Betty) agrees to marry him if he wins a fight against "One-Round Mike." Quick as a wink, he transforms his car into a robot to help him in the ring! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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USA

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English

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5 February 1932 (USA) See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Mono
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Marche funèbre (Funeral March)
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Proof that LSD was available in the 1930s.
23 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My assumption when watching "The Robot" is that the filmmakers were either insane or under the influence of some mind-altering drug. This is the only thing that would adequately explain why this cartoon is so incredibly weird. It isn't bad--just very weird.

The film begins with Bimbo* asking his girl out for a date. They soon see a sign offering $5000 for any one who can last a round with the boxing champ. One after another, guys are being knocked out so Bimbo turns his car into a robot and uses that to fight and win. You just have to see this one to believe it--it's so odd. Hard to describe otherwise.

*By the way, in the early 30s, there were TWO different Bimbo the Dogs in the Fleischer Brothers cartoons that looked nothing like each other. To make it even more confusing, Betty Boop was the girlfriend of one of them. The one in "The Robot" is white and his girlfriend is NOT Betty. This makes me think that despite the copyright date of 1932, this one was actually made earlier, as the Bimbo of 1931 on looked a lot different. I think this one really was made in 1930 or early 31--this might explain why they looked so different.


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